Thursday, 25 January 2018

The Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show

February 10-11, 2018
The Royal Bath & West Showground, BA46QN
Gates open 9.30am!

Get your tickets early and save money!
Kicking off the show season every year, The Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show in February is the biggest and best of its kind in the South West of England.

Advance tickets are on sale now. By buying in advance, you'll save £2 off the gate price, meaning you pay just £8 each! Gates open from 9.30am until 4pm on both days and parking is FREE!

Remember, classic car owners get in for just £5 when you bring your car! Keep up to date with Bristol Classic Car Shows on Facebook.


Access to the whole show
Specialist traders

Attracting thousands of classic vehicle enthusiasts on their journey to restoration completion, the halls of the Royal Bath & West Showground are filled to the rafters with specialist traders, parts suppliers and jumble stands offering missing pieces of restoration and maintenance puzzles at bargain prices.

Our star guest: Boycie

John Challis, who played 'Boycie' in the famous television sitcom Only Fools and Horses will be doing a book signing and taking photos at the show to promote his latest book 'Boycie & Beyond.'

The most important thing... hundreds of classic cars!

There will be hundreds of classic cars at the event, whether it's in the classic car park, or inside the halls which will be jam-packed with cars from clubs and private entries. Just some of the clubs which are coming include: Norton Radstock, Yeovil Car Club, Ford Sidevalve Owners Club, Mk 1 -5 Cortina Owners Club and many more!
Exclusive parking inside the show!
A great day out with like-minded individuals

The Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show is known for attracting thousands of classic car enthusiasts, making it a great day out for any classic car lover to have a catch up with friends or meet new people who share the same interest.
The Charterhouse Auction

Viewing is free on Saturday with the purchase of a show ticket and then it is £10 for the catalogue on the Sunday.  Whether you're looking for a project or a classic car where the hard work has been done for you, there's something for everyone at this auction, no matter what your budget. Visit their website here for their entire lot.

If you want to put one of your cars under the hammer, please contact Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at


Silverstone Classic



• Diamond Jubilee races pay tribute to four F1 World Champions
• Homage to Jim Clark, John Surtees, Denny Hulme and Jochen Rindt
• Culmination of incredible three-year Formula Junior World Tour  
• Record grids of retro racers at world’s biggest historic race meeting
• Cost-saving Early Bird tickets available until the end of March

The four record-breaking Formula Junior races at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) will be dedicated to a quartet of legendary F1 World Champions – Jim Clark OBE, John Surtees CBE, Denny Hulme OBE and Jochen Rindt – all of whom cut their competitive teeth racing these mini grand prix cars back in the late fifties and early sixties.
The special Silverstone showdowns will be the climax to an amazing three-year Formula Junior World Tour celebrating the globally popular category’s 60th anniversary.
The brainchild of Italian Count ‘Johnny’ Lurani, Formula Junior was introduced in 1958 as an affordable stepping-stone for young drivers with their sights set on reaching Formula 1. The concept of a small, single-seater chassis powered by a 1.0 or 1.1-litre production engine became an instant hit, with hundreds and hundreds of cars competing all over the planet.
At first, these were typically front-engined, space-frame machines but, shadowing the evolution of F1 design, they quickly progressed to stiffer monocoque designs with engines mounted behind the driver.   
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Formula Junior, a massive World Tour kicked off in South Africa in January 2016. Since then, anniversary races have been staged in New Zealand, Australia, North America and throughout Europe with visits to many famous circuits such as Pau, Monza, Spa, Indianapolis, Mosport, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Zandvoort.
Now, after more than 100 races across four continents, the incredible World Tour will reach its thrilling conclusion at the Silverstone Classic with a hitherto unprecedented turn-out. More than a record 120+ entries are expected, so grids have been split into front- and rear-engined categories, with individual races for both groupings on Saturday and Sunday.
The two front-engined races are being dedicated to Clark and Surtees, who both started their careers in the earlier era (albeit driving a rear-engined Cooper in Surtees’ case), while the races for later rear-engined cars will honour Hulme - the Kiwi who was Formula Junior Champion in 1963 – and Austrian hero, Rindt. Clark was twice F1 World Champion – first in 1963 and then 1965 – Surtees took the title in 1964, Hulme in 1967 and Rindt, posthumously, in 1970.       
“To have two double-headers at Silverstone as the culmination of the World Tour is just unbelievable,” enthused Duncan Rabagliati, Chairman of the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association, the brains and energy behind the international Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
“We are hugely grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity and we will come up with the goods! We are going to have four fantastic races with absolutely full grids and some notable period drivers like Richard Attwood and our intrepid patron Howard Ganley in attendance as part of the celebrations. The Silverstone Classic is one of the greatest meetings in the world and we are really going to enjoy it.”
Adding to the spectacle and importance, fiercely-fought Formula Junior races are always among the most exciting on the Classic roster, with more than 50 cars slipstreaming each other as they dice around the full Grand Prix circuit. What’s more, all the cars competing are original period racers – each one with its very own remarkable history.  
Fans wishing to experience the world’s biggest ever gathering of Formula Junior cars must buy their tickets in advance. Those purchasing before 31 March can take advantage of a range of Early Bird offers, with adult admission beginning at £37.
Once again, all advance tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are available on the website. 


Silverstone Classic


• Chart-toppers to headline at ‘Rocking and Racing’ Silverstone Classic 
• Founding members celebrate 40th anniversary with special show
• Live music concerts included free in all general admission tickets
• Cost-saving Early Bird offers available until the end of March

British reggae and pop legends UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, will top Saturday evening’s live music line-up at this summer’s ‘Rocking and Racing’ Silverstone Classic.
Since forming in 1979, the seminal troupe has sold more than 70 million records worldwide, racked up 40 top 10 hits and received multiple Grammy nominations.
A trio of the key founding members – frontman Ali Campbell, singer Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue – reunited five years ago and have developed into a formidable touring outfit, selling-out venues right around the world.
At home, the UK reggae pioneers have recently been performing songs from their first two best-selling Labour of Love albums, with a sell-out arena tour that included memorable shows at London’s O2 Arena, the Manchester Apollo and the Barclaycard Arena in their native Birmingham, and they are now set to release their brand new studio album A Real Labour of Love on 2 March.
“We’re having an outstanding time on the road,” said Campbell, the legendary voice on all of UB40’s greatest hits including their famous versions of Red Red WineCan’t Help Falling in Love and Many Rivers to Cross. “It’s all about promoting reggae. Fans care about the music and that’s what we’re giving them. We’re having a great time and we’re doing it in style.”
And now it is the turn of those attending the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival to be treated to the smooth – yet rootsy – musical blend made famous by Ali, Astro and Mickey.
“We are thrilled to have yet another amazing chart-topping band performing at the Silverstone Classic,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, organiser of the Silverstone Classic.
“As we have already announced, we will be celebrating more than 60 years of epic endurance motor racing history with three spectacular sportscar races staged back-to-back at dusk on Saturday evening. Now fans – especially the ever-increasing numbers staying at Silverstone for the entire festival weekend – will be able to follow up the very special sights and sounds of those three stunning showdowns by rocking along to the equally evocative songs of UB40. It is shaping up to be the perfect night out!”
While the unrivalled retro-racing remains the heartbeat of the Silverstone Classic, with more and more visitors opting for full weekend tickets, the popularity of the live music continues to escalate. Having confirmed UB40 atop of Saturday’s bill, another show-stopping act will be announced shortly to bring Friday’s on- and off-track entertainment to an equally rousing finale.
Once again, all Silverstone Classic tickets which must be purchased in advance, will provide automatic admittance to the live music concerts on both evenings, as well as Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, air shows, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.
Moreover, those buying before 31 March can take advantage of a range of Early Bird offers, with adult admission beginning at £37. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices – including camping and hospitality options – are available on the website.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

GRAND AUTO - The motor show is returning to London Olympia this July

The motor show is returning to London Olympia this July
Dedicated to luxury, prestige, performance & style, Grand Auto will pay homage to automotive greatness in the ultimate celebration of motoring that will showcase more than 250 of the world’s most desirable cars.
Situated at the heart of London's wealthiest neighbourhoods, in London’s premier event venue, the show will provide a platform to pay tribute to their heritage, sell the latest models and excite with plans for the future.
Anticipating 25,000 high-spending ABC1 car buyers, motoring enthusiasts and collectors, Grand Auto is positioned as a key event in the UK’s motor manufacturer & London’s summer events calendar.
Breaking wide open the traditional motor show model, visitors will be able to see, hear and smell cars as they should be appreciated with a live action, purpose built runway in the centre of the show, and enjoy food prepared by world-leading Michelin star chefs in pop-up restaurants.
Whether you are looking to launch a new product, increase awareness, reach new audiences or improve sales, positioning your brand alongside Grand Auto will help you achieve your brand’s objectives


Open 1pm to 5pm (vehicles welcome from midday) on 
Sunday 13th May 2018
On Sunday 13th May 2018, Stody Lodge Gardens will extend a special welcome to a wide range of classic vehicle lovers for its spectacular May-flowering season.  The Stody Classic Vehicles Day will be a great gathering of classic vehicles of all varieties.

This event has been organised following the rising popularity of these magical gardens as a destination for car lovers over recent years. Most recently, on 1st May 2017, Stody Lodge Gardens hosted the 28th Heritage Run of the Broadland MG Owners' Club annual rally. On 22nd May 2016, the Stody Boutique Festival was attended by a fantastic selection of classic and vintage vehicles that was hugely popular with the festival's 2,000 visitors. It has also been visited by several other classic car clubs who are drawn to its excellent facilities for motor enthusiasts as well as its unusually bright and colourful gardens.

David Johnson, of the Broadland MGOC, said: 'We had a fantastic time visiting Stody Lodge Gardens and all our members felt very welcome. There was ample well-drained parking, lots of space for picnics and everyone really enjoyed visiting these brightly coloured gardens.'

Covering 14-acres, Stody Lodge Gardens boasts an extensive collection of over 200 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas. This intensity of colour is softened by beautiful magnolias, camellias, ornamental and specimen trees, late daffodils and bluebells. It's 4-acre Azalea Water Gardens is believed to have the largest single planting of brightly-coloured azalea mollis in the country.

The Long Walk at Stody Lodge Gardens - a 200m pathway lined with dazzling azaleas, beautiful rhododendrons and delicate magnolias and camellias

Stody Lodge Gardens is open to the public from 1pm - 5pm all Sundays in May and Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018. It is also open 1pm - 5pm on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th May as well as from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th May 2018 inclusive. 

Entrance to the gardens is £6, payable by cash or cheque.

On Sunday 13th May 2018, there will be free entry to the gardens for all drivers of a classic vehicle (passengers not included.) Gates to the gardens open at 1pm and close at 5pm but vehicles are welcome to arrive anytime from midday.

If you wish to attend The Stody Classic Vehicles Day as part of a club, please contact us or on 01263 860572 so we can reserve appropriate parking for you.

Dogs are welcome and there are delicious homemade teas offered by carefully selected local charities as well as a fantastic plant stall. There is good wheelchair access to most areas of the garden.

For all our opening times and visitor information, please visit 
Stody Lodge and its Azalea Water Gardens - over 2,000 azalea mollis plants across four acres, filled with meandering waterways, gravel paths and bridges


• Specialist insurer to sponsor Grand Avenue Club at The London Classic Car Show
• Enthusiasts and collectors offered live insurance quotes 
• Renowned broadcaster Jonny Smith joins ERS at ExCeL 
• Tickets on sale with significant discounts for those booking in advance

The organisers of The London Classic Car Show (15-18 February) are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with ERS.
ERS has been providing specialist classic car insurance for more than 70 years and, highlighting its heritage, has been appointed as the Classic Car Insurance Partner to the capital city’s must-attend event for more than 40,000 discerning classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts.
ERS is also sponsoring the prestigious Grand Avenue Club VIP area, where a team of its expert underwriters will be working with specialist insurance brokers A-Plan Private Clients and Grove & Dean to provide live classic and prestige motor insurance quotes to visitors throughout the show.
Live insurance quoting is a first for The London Classic Car Show and will give enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to find out if they can get a custom quote for cover tailored to their specific needs before the start of the spring season.
Tom Donachie, Head of Bespoke Underwriting at ERS said: “We are thrilled to be involved with this year’s London Classic Car Show and to be working with A-Plan Private Clients and Grove & Dean to bring a new dimension to the event. Being able to provide live insurance quotes for visitors is a very exciting prospect and we can’t wait to see what incredible cars we get the chance to underwrite.”
Furthermore, renowned motoring broadcaster and enthusiast Jonny Smith will be joining ERS during the show. He will be available to give ERS guests exclusive access to his insights and expertise on their burning motoring questions.
The company will also be sharing findings of research it has undertaken on classic car ownership now and in the future around the show. More updates will be available via the dedicated ERS page on The London Classic Car Show and on Twitter at @ERSmotor.
All those wanting to attend the 2018 London Classic Car Show can take advantage of significant discounts on offer when booking in advance. If purchased now, adult admission costs just £25 (£30 on the door) and a range of upgraded Premium and Family Tickets are also available online.
Tickets for the ERS Grand Avenue Club are priced from £55 and provide fast-track entry to the show, a complimentary Show Guide, exclusive viewing areas, private bar and catering with two free drinks, dedicated seating and cloakroom.  
Moreover, all tickets also include entry to the London Classic Car Show’s sister show Historic Motorsport International, which celebrates the UK’s leading role in all areas of historic motorsport. Full details can be found on the show’s official website –

Saturday, 20 January 2018



  • Nigel Mansell tops all-star cast at Historic Motorsport International
  • More exhibitors confirmed as London show expands at ExCeL
  • Innovations include new HMI Paddock and TIGOSE Pavilion
  • Tickets also provide admission to The London Classic Car Show

Now established as the launch pad to the UK’s thriving retro racing and rallying season, next month’s Historic Motorsport International (15-18 February), staged at London’s ExCeL, is gearing up to start the year in spectacular and star-studded style.
Among a host of famous faces already confirmed are Nigel Mansell CBE, the 1992 FIA Formula One World Champion plus renowned motoring TV personalities Vicki Butler-Henderson and Quentin Willson. All three will be interviewed by well-known host Henry Hope-Frost in the Supagard Theatre, one of HMI’s many standout attractions returning by popular demand in 2018.
Indeed, after its hugely successful debut show in 2017, HMI has expanded for its second year and now features a number of innovative new highlights alongside all the outstanding features that established the new London pre-season show as such an instant hit with competitors, preparers and enthusiasts alike.
As already confirmed, HMI has now moved halls within the exhibition centre to join its sister event The London Classic Car Show. It is a change that has produced many advantages – not least that HMI will now boast its own paddock supported by Octane magazine.
This paddock will be home to six unique racing cars. These icons will be on permanent public display when not being fired up for eye-catching and thunderous parades on central The Grand Avenue, the show’s revolutionary in-door automotive catwalk.
Other innovations planned for HMI in 2018 include a special hospitality hub open exclusively to exhibitors and their guests, as well as a special display area dedicated to The International Guild of Specialist Engineers. Those already signed up to exhibit in the new TIGOSE Pavilion include Crosthwaite and Gardner, Haynes Motor Museum, Renaissance Classics, Tandler Precision and Classic Performance Engineering.
Building on last year’s triumph, the show’s growing roster of exhibitors reads like a who’s who of the historic motorsport world. They include a host of premier organising clubs such as the Under 2-Litre Touring Car (U2TC) and Pre ’63 GT Championships, Paris-based Peter Auto, the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC), the Classic & Sportscar Club, Equipe GTS and the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA).
Cosworth, the company that created the most victorious engine in F1 history, is also taking space, alongside other major enterprises in the thriving historic motor sport sector including Dunlop Motorsport, JE Pistons and The CrosslĂ© Car Company, the world’s longest-established constructor of racing cars and the company that provided a young Nigel Mansell with his early wins in Formula Ford. Coys will also be returning with an important auction of sports, sports racing and competition cars.
“This year’s HMI is clearly building on the huge success of last February’s launch show,” reported event director Alexia Antikides. “Its expansion – together with so many exciting new innovations – further reflects HMI’s position in showcasing the UK’s leading role in the world of classic motor racing and rallying. HMI has already become the leading platform for engineering and preparation experts, event organisers and promoters and participants. With so much great content now confirmed – topped by the appearance of Nigel Mansell, one of this country’s best-ever F1 champions – next month’s show is going to be a fantastic start to what promises to be another blockbuster season of historic motorsport.”
Historic Motorsport International and the London Classic Car Show are staged by Brand Events, the company behind a raft of successful motoring events including CarFest, Fast and Furious Live and Scotland’s IGNITION Festival of Motoring.
Tickets are currently on sale, with significant discounts on offer for those booking in advance. If purchased now, adult admission costs just £25 (£30 on the door) and a range of upgraded Premium and Family Tickets are also available online.
Moreover, all tickets also include entry to The London Classic Car Show, HMI’s sister show, which features more than 700 of the world’s finest cars from yesteryear. Full details can be found on the shows’ two official websites –