September 2017 Classic Motoring Events

The summer isn’t quite over! There’s still plenty of classic motoring events you can attend with friends and family throughout September. Here’s a selection of our favourites:

1-3 September St James Concours D’Elegance at Hampton Court

Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Hampton Court Palace, this incredibly elegant motoring event is perfect for classic car owners and enthusiasts alike. On Friday, owners can enjoy a stunning procession of rare classic cars to celebrate the grand opening. The Saturday and Sunday are then open to spectators and their families, who can enjoy amazing displays, stalls, entertainment and refreshments. An adult day admission ticket is £40 with concessions available.

2-3 September International Autojumble Beaulieu

If you need to stock up your home garage, there’s no better place to shop than the International Autojumble Beaulieu. The saying is “if you can’t find it at Beaulieu, it doesn’t exist”, so head on down to The New Forest National Park and spend the day enjoying the ultimate shopping experience. Entry is just £15.20.

3 September Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar Show

Get up close and personal with over 500 stunning classic and supercars at Blenheim Palace. While you’re there, you’ll have the privilege of witnessing the Pirelli Prestige and Performance Competition which will feature 80 superb cars across 8 categories built from 1976 to modern day. Tickets from £15.30.

8-10 September Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival is a classic car festival you won’t want to miss. Celebrating the spiritual home of motoring, the event encourages spectators to dress in period vintage attire while surrounded by some of the most incredible cars that have ever been manufactured. Main features include historic racing, hundreds of stalls and trade stands, and competitions throughout the weekend.

16-17 September Land Rover Show Peterborough

Calling all Land Rover drivers and enthusiasts. The Land Rover Show Peterborough is a thrilling weekend event packed with races, live demos, musical performances and much more. You can book a camping spot for the entire weekend if you’d really like to make an occasion of it. Tickets are available from £14.

16-17 September Kop Hill Climb Buckinghamshire

Enjoy the view of vintage and classic cars from the last century at the Kop Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire. Special attractions include Genevieve, a twin-cylinder 10/12 hp Darracq built in Paris in 1904, celebrity appearances and a focus on Ferraris 70th birthday! Tickets are available from £10.

17 September Selkirk Rally

The Selkirk Rally promises a great day out for the whole family. Located at Sunderland Hall in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the event promises a display of veteran and military cars, car club displays, quad biking, children’s treasure hunts and an autojumble. Perfect for car enthusiasts young and old.

17 September The Big Welsh Classic Car Show

The Big Welsh Car Show is a charitable event for the whole family to enjoy. Set at Chepstow race course, the event promises an array of spectacular cars, family entertainment, trade stands, refreshments and classic car activities. Tickets are available from £10 with concessions available.

23 September Porsche Club GB National Event

Explore the stunning grounds of Ragley Hall while enjoying this year’s Porsche Club Concours d’Elégance. The Ragley gathering will give you the opportunity to sit back and relax amongst beautiful Porsches and likeminded owners. There will also be a Club marquee with refreshments, as well as exclusive parking for Club members.

24 September Hinckley Classic Motorshow Leicestershire

Get amongst more than 500 classic vehicle owners and 17,000 spectators from all over the country at Hinckley Town Centre for the Hinckley Classic Motorshow. Organised by the Hinckley BID, the show will display stunning cars, motorcycles, vans and scooters. Coventry Transport Museum will also be in attendance, as well as trade stands, entertainment and plenty to eat and drink.

27 September Brightwell Classic & Vintage Auction

Head down to the Brightwell Classic & Vintage Auction and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a fun and fast paced auction. Appraisals are free, and to discuss entering your vehicle please contact Toby Service on 01568 611122 or email classiccars@brightwells.com.

Need some ideas on what to wear to one of these events? Head over to our motoring clothing page!

 

 

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June Motoring Events You Won’t Want To Miss

Soon enough those pesky summer showers will clear and you’ll be able to take the top down on your classic motor again. So, in anticipation of blue skies next week, here’s a whopping 11 classic motoring events you might fancy taking part in or spectatoring at.

11th – 17th The Paris-Prague Rally (Rallyround)

If you’re a bit of a euro-explorer, you might be interested in this spectacular rally event organised by Rally Round. This year, the route spans 1,333 miles through Chateau de Chantilly on the outskirts of Paris, St Gallen, Kitzbuhel, Linz and Brno before concluding in Prague’s gorgeous Old Town. What could be more beautiful? Don’t worry if you miss it this time around, more events are being organised for 2018!

11th June Grand Pix de l’Age d’or

The Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or is this year celebrating its 53rd anniversary and its 13th on the amaking Dijon-Prenois circuit. It will see 10 grids on the track, including the Euro F2 Classic and the 2 Formula 1 grids, as well as the FIA Lurani Trophy. Spectators are able to view the cars up close in the paddocks, and there will be a number of stands, stalls and entertainment on offer!

11th June Shelsley Walsh Breakfast Club

Located on the outskirts of Worcester, the Breakfast Club opens this fantastic annual hill climb at Shelsley Walsh to classic enthusiasts from around the country. This year features a chance to see hundreds of classic and vintage motors as well as a unique opportunity to view a restored water mill in action. Admission for spectators is only £3.50.

11th June Jaguar Drivers Club E-type day at Prescott

Head over to Prescott Hill in Cheltenham for this fun filled day celebrating all things Jaguar. There’s plenty to see and do for spectators, including refreshments, stalls and entertainment. So, whether you’re a proud jag owner or just a really big fan, hop into your motor and drive over to Prescott Hill with the family to enjoy a relaxing day out.

17th & 18th June Bath Festival of Motoring, Walcot Rugby Ground

The Bath Festival of Motoring is a 2 day charitable event that last year welcomed over 6000 spectators! Tickets for spectators are £10 and include access to the classic cars up close, as well as entertainment, stalls and a true festival atmosphere. What could be better?

17th & 18th June Brookland Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

Brooklands has a rich motoring history and each year celebrates its classic car connections by hosting a fantastic event for the whole family. Saturday sees The Double Twelve Speed Trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit and Sunday will show The Double Twelve Driving Tests. The Test Hill Challenge will also take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tickets for spectators are £11.

17th & 18th June HSCC Cadwell Park

This two day motoring event located in Lincolnshire is a spectacle for all the family. It includes categories like Classic Racing Cars, 70s Road Sport and Formula Ford 2000. To take part, simply fill out the registration form on the website.

17th June Open test day at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

This will be the first time that the Midland Automobile Club has hosted an open practice day at Shelsley Walsh. It’s particularly good if you’re keen to gain further experience on the hill in a more relaxed environment while still benefiting from being timed. Those wishing to take part must possess a 2017 MSA licence. Spectators can go for free which makes it a lovely day out for the family.

24th & 25th June Bromyard Gala

With its rich motoring history, there’s no better setting than Bromyard for a classic motoring event. In celebration of 50 years, this two day classic car event features JCB’s world famous dancing diggers, as well as a fairground, bandstand and plenty of vintage and classic cars that you can see up close and personal.

24th & 25th June Flywheel Festival

Situated at Bicester Heritage, this classic car event is now in its 3rd year and gets better each time! The two day festival celebrates both classic cars, as well as historic military vehicles and aviation. Demonstrations take place over both days, and there’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Advance spectator tickets are £23 (£28 on the day) with family options and concessions also available. There’s also a fantastic auction on 24th. You won’t want to miss it!

29th – 2nd July Goodwood Festival of Speed

Each year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has a theme. This year marks 25 years since the festival started and its theme is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’. Intrigued? We are! A weekend admission is £154 and packages or concessions are also available. With some seriously amazing classic motors in attendance this year, it’s an event you certainly won’t want to miss.

 

Women In Motoring History

Believe it or not, there are now more female drivers in the U.K than there are male drivers. Not only that, contrary to androcentric belief, women are now considered to be safer and (dare we admit it) better drivers than the opposite sex. We won’t tell our ‘better halves’, of course. We wouldn’t want to upset the balance of the universe or anything…

It wasn’t always this way, however. In aid of International Women’s Day, we’ve put together a brief history of women in automobile culture in to celebrate the achievements of past and present.

1914-1945

Pre-war Britain saw very few females involved in transport at all, let alone driving their own cars at leisure. While a small sub section of women set up chauffeuring and mechanic businesses pre-1914, it certainly wasn’t commonplace (or trusted) and even women themselves often felt it best that only men took to the wheel. Then the First World War happened and, as you know, women’s history changed forever. The role of women in transport expanded rapidly and urgently as their men were called away to duty, leaving behind an entire society to keep going during their (often permanent) absence. Increasing numbers of women were not only learning how to fix or alter vehicles, but actually began to think ahead in terms of designing transport with women in mind.

And then along came Dorothee Aurelie Pullinger. Dorothee was a British-French car enthusiast who, in 1924, designed the Galloway – an iconic car constructed just for women.

(Photo credits Scottish Engineering Hall Of Fame & BBC).

Following the war, Dorothee was accepted into the Institute of Automobile Engineers after being previously rejected prior to the conflict due to her gender. She went on to receive an MBE and manage Galloway Cars, which not only built on the philosophies of the suffragettes, but hosted an automotive school for women on the side.
Come the Second World War, 2.2 million women were building ships, aircrafts and automobiles for the war effort.

Post 1945

It wasn’t just automobile engineering and design that inspired women during the war era. Have you ever heard the expression, ‘Women can’t read maps’? Of course you have – there was an entire book written on the subject in 2001 unfairly attributing this stereotyped trait to every woman on the planet. However, the next time you’re assigned such a fundamental cognitive flaw, remember to remind your accuser that it was, in actual fact, a woman that invented the famous London A-Z book of maps. Her name was Phyllis Pearsall and she was a British artist that dedicated her adult life to documenting the streets of London so that motorists and pedestrians could navigate their way far more easily than ever before. Impressed? We certainly are!

Come the 1950s, women started to be accepted into broader areas of automobile culture. Aside from contributing to the engineering and maintenance of motors, women began to play a hand in Formula One racing.


(Photo credit The Telegraph, Rex Features)
Maria Teresa de Filippis (pictured) was one of the first female Formula One competitors, participating in a total of five World Championship Grand Prix’s. While she scored no championship points, Maria showed the cynics that it was possible to participate in a male dominated world and be taken seriously.

The 1960s

One of the defining moments of the 1960s was the release of the Ford Mustang. You may not know this, but the Ford Mustang was the first car marketed solely at women and was advertised in the women’s section of over 2,600 newspapers. The campaign worked, and the first person to buy this iconic car was Gail Brown, a 22-year-old schoolteacher from Chicago (pictured), for $3,419.

(Photo credits adramch, & Forbes)
In terms of a wider movement, the 1960s saw the first formal protest for equal pay. While this fight is still ongoing, it may interest you to know that it was at the Ford UK factories that the first strikes took place.

Come 1962, the British Women’s Racing Drivers Club was established, allowing women from all walks of life to learn the sport and meet likeminded people.

Onwards and Upwards

There’s been much success in the world of motorsport since the 1960s – far more than we can credit in one sitting. However, some names worth a mention include Lella Lombardi, the first woman to score points at a Grand Prix in 1975, Michelle Mouton, who won four rallies for Audi in the 1980s, Jutta Kleinschmidt, the winner of the notoriously tough Dakar rally in 2001 and Dancia Patrick, the first (and so far only) woman to win an IndyCar race in 2008.

An interesting contrast to just 100 years ago, women now make up around 16% of the automotive trade in the U.K, many of whom are holding senior positions, with a record number of women now applying to become mechanics. Furthermore, a wide range of cars have been created over the last 60-odd years with us petrol-birds in mind, making it more enjoyable than ever to show off our superior driving skills in comfort and style.

So, if you’re keen on cleaning the cobwebs off your classic speedster this spring and taking it for a well deserved drive, head over to our page and stock up on the gear you need so that your next ride is a smooth one.