Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
Andy Harris
Motoring and Property Editor
6:00 AM 12th June 2021

It’s Nearly Time For The Festival Of The Unexceptional

As we are slowly released from lockdown, we welcome the return of the Classic Car Show. Many of us car enthusiasts are desperate for a fix of automotive loveliness.

However, so many shows now follow the same theme. Expensive classics, polished to perfection, often arriving on a trailer, and set out for an adoring public, the beaming owner usually close by ready to recount tales of endless hours of preparation.

One show dares to be different and for me it is one of the highlights of the year.

Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional has enjoyed sell-out success since its launch and it celebrates cars that were once a common sight but are now a rarity on British roads.

Set to take place on Saturday 31st July at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, the Festival showcases much maligned and long forgotten ordinary classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

There is also a popular concours where an Astra may be assessed, a Cortina checked and a Rover rated, or may be overrated!

Perhaps you have a car that you would like to enter? In which case, get in touch with the show organisers as soon as possible to reserve your spot on the concours lawn.

Tickets to the show are just £5.75 and children up to the age of 12 go free.

There’s lots for all the family to do at Grimsthorpe. The castle itself is an architectural masterpiece, showcasing a mix of Tudor and Baroque splendour. It was originally given by Henry VIII as wedding gift to William 11th Lord Willoughby de Eresby.

In addition to providing space for a large number of unexceptional cars, Grimsthorpe also offers expansive grounds to enjoy with lakeside walks, formal gardens and a children’s play area. A great day out for all the family is on the cards.

2021 will also introduce improved show facilities with a wide range of food and beverage outlets, more display cars, comfortable seating areas, increased interaction, and entertainment as well as entertaining judging and award ceremonies.

I will be attending in my 2003 Mazda MX-5, now nicely rusting around the rear wings. It should fit in quite well.

To find out more and book tickets: