UK's First Art Car Parade To Hit The Streets Of Manchester

By Graham Spicer | 23 August 2007
photo of a VW golf car which is covered with grass and with a golf pin on it and a man in plus fours stands on the top holding a golf club

Crazy Golf by Walk the Plank/Michael Trainor and Kevin Carroll. Courtesy Walk the Plank

The streets of Manchester will be full of fantastical auto creations when it stages the UK’s first Art Car Parade on September 8 2007.

Art Car Parades are popular in the US, with the largest, in Houston, Texas, showcasing up to 250 decorated vehicles and attracting more than 200,000 spectators each year.

“An Art Car is a drivable installation – any vehicle which has been re-imagined, restyled, remodelled, or completely metamorphosed by an artist,” explained Michael Trainor, Curator of Art Cars 2007.

“Vehicles can be decorated, sculpted, adorned, illuminated or bejewelled to create ‘transports of delight’ in the shape of cars, trucks, bikes, mobility scooters or even pedal or solar-powered contraptions.”

drawing of a dinosaur skeleton on wheels being driven by a man sat on the back of it

Idea for a fossil art car. Courtesy Walk the Plank

Manchester’s Art Car Parade will start in Cathedral Gardens at 11am where the public can meet the vehicle owners and see the 29 entrants being prepared for their procession through the city centre, which starts at 2pm.

After the parade cash prizes and awards will be given out to the most original cars. Entrants include a milk float transformed into a musical instrument, a pedal-powered wire frame Lamborghini and a 4x4 turned into a mechanical sound sculpture.

The organisers are also running an Illuminated Art Car Parade in Blackpool on October 21 and a parade as part of Newcastle and Gateshead’s 2007/08 New Year’s Eve celebrations.

See the Art Car Parades website for more details.

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