Classic cars and vintage buses will be the highlights of a 1970s nostalgia weekend at Knowsley Safari Park later this month celebrating the attraction¹s 40th anniversary.
Knowsley bosses have confirmed that over the weekend of July 23rd/24th visitors arriving in classic cars registered in 1990 (registration letter prefix G) or earlier will be able to pay 1971 ticket prices.
This means that it will cost their owners just £1 per vehicle for up to six occupants, with the park also offering a number of prizes each day in categories including best turned out car and best 1970s outfit.
Safari chiefs have also made special arrangements to ensure that the classic cars don¹t come attack from Knowsley¹s mischievous baboons.
Instead of using their own vehicles, owners will be able to park up and enjoy the five-mile safari drive from the safety of a double-decker bus.
Merseyside Transport Trust will be running trips on two vintage Merseyside Passenger Transport Executives Atlantean buses on both days.
Similar vehicles were used on the MPTE safari bus service to Knowsley in the 1970s and 1980s.
A further highlight of the weekend will be the official opening of an exhibition in the park¹s education centre looking back at the attraction¹s 40-year history.
Safari Park General Manager, David Ross, said: ³We¹re expecting the nostalgia weekend to be a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate the anniversary of the park¹s opening in July 1971.
³The event is already generating a lot of interest amongst the classic car community and we hope that this will result in a good turnout of interesting vehicles – and outrageous fashions! – on both days.²
Knowsley Safari Park – created by the 18th Earl of Derby – opened its gates for the first time on Saturday July 3rd 1971. It was the country¹s third safari park, following Longleat and Woburn.
However, it was the first park to be located close to a major city – just eight miles from Liverpool city centre – and the first to be surrounded by suburban housing estates.
We hope we don’t have too many ending up like these!