Every year an event takes place in Chorley called Stars and Cars. I’ve heard it best described as a reasonably-priced, vehicle based comic-con in aid of Derian House, a children’s hospice that is very close to my heart. My favourite charity and the geek world combined, a match made in heaven.
Every year, this event has gone from strength to strength and this year did not disappoint!
When we arrived at around 11am, there was already a queue beginning to form down the street. Instead of just leaving us all to queue some of the professional cosplayers came down the road for photos and meets. Sadly, Robin wasn’t in a terribly good mood today so we have very limited photos of us with anybody but hopefully I’ll have enough photos of the day to at least do the event justice.
For the past two years you’ve been able to purchase an additional ticket, £5 for two to sit in the special guest vehicle. Last year was Optimus Prime from Transformers and this year was Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters.
We queued in the relatively short queue for about half an hour as people wasn’t limited by time, you could take as many pictures as you wanted and chatted to the ghostbusters, but sadly just before our turn, some of the staff came and told them to speed things up because they had been getting complaints but I don’t know who had complained because everyone had been more than happy to take their time ahead of us, and there wasn’t many people behind, but hey. It was a bit disappointing though as our turn was taken over by the next family and this upset Robin quite a bit who wasn’t finished with his go and so our photo opportunity did not go well. Later on in the day they seemed more relaxed again so I guess we just got unlucky.
It was a very hot day so we headed inside to the market hall where there was various traders and photo opportunities such as a Simpsons sofa complete with Simpsons and a gap for you to sit in, and a large green screen where you could pay to feature with cosplayers. There was a huge diversity of cosplayers from Disney characters, to Star Wars, to superheroes and more. Some who attended are members of Heroic Alliance, a group who usually raise money for Make A Wish, but attend various events like these. Myke and I follow them, and hope to join their ranks in the future so it was great to meet some of them in person today.
Like last year, Shaun Wallace from The Chase attended for photos and autographs but by this time we had settled Robin in his pram and decided to come back later. When we came back, Shaun was busy so we decided to leave it on the merits that we met him last year, but now I’m sad that we didn’t because a yearly photo with the Dark Destroyer himself would have made for an excellent timeline!
We had a good wander around for a couple of hours, but I think the heat was a little too much for Robin (and us!) so we decided to head home but there was plenty to keep us occupied for much longer. I wish I would have thought about blogging this event before hand as I would have taken a lot more photos, but hey, it’s a learning curve. There was some excellent costumes I didn’t get a photo of, most notably an excellent Super-man.
I can’t wait to see how much the day raised, and I’m eagerly awaiting the tickets for 2018 going on sale! So for now, I’ll leave you with lots of pictures of our day!