The super-smooth 1930 Ford Model A roadster – which was customised in America in the late 1950s, imported to England by celebrated pop-artist Gerald Laing and recently bought back by his sons – will be at the heart of the display of 500 incredible hot rods, customised vehicles and American classics at the action-packed show.
A legend in the custom car world and celebrated for its cool styling, powerful V8 engine and impressive build quality, Coffee Grinder will be a must-see for every hot rod fan when it returns to Beaulieu.
Held in association with the Solent Renegades club, Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day is paired with Breeze Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles-sponsoredSimply VWon Saturday, June 15th – for a retro motoring weekend against the backdrop of live music, dancing and a two-day Vintage Village in the grounds of theNational Motor Museum.
At Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day, the amazing machines of Hard Up Garage are sure to be another crowd-pleaser as the popular car modifiers and dealers start up a selection of hot rods and muscle cars. Join their frontman Sam Hard as he demonstrates flame-spitting rat rods, cool American muscle cars and eye-catching hot rods.
Bikes and trikes are always a key part of the show and will this year have their own special area for a showcase of two and three-wheeled dream machines. From sublime classics and retro scooters to choppers and monster-engine trikes, a wide variety of machines will be on show as bike fans park up in the showground.
For the first time this year, renowned car customizer Andy Saunders has become the event’s ambassador and will be judging and presenting his own award for the most eye-catching modified car of the show. This giant of the custom car world will arrive in style in his freshly re-engineered 1937 Cord 812 Westchester Tetanus, then meet show-goers and answer their questions.
Classic American magazine will be holding the heats for its Car of the Year competition at the event. Show participants with qualifying unmodified American cars of any era will be invited to compete, with a trophy for the owner of the most impressive machine and automatic entry into the finals at the NEC’s Classic Motor Show in November.
Across the weekend, get into the vintage groove with live music, dancing and a vibrant two-day Vintage Village by Bows & Braces. Shop for nostalgic collectables, records, jewellery, luggage, kitchenware and retro clothing from the 1920s - ’80s, then chill out with retro refreshments in a bigger than ever Vintage Tea Tent.
Dress up in vintage finery to win a prize for the best dressed VW on Saturday or individual, family or group on Sunday. You can even get the perfect retro updo at Paula’s Vintage Parlour, which will create a range of glamorous styles from the 1920s - ’60s.
Take to the dance floor with Jitterbug Jive as Bournemouth Lindy Hop Club puts event-goers through their paces with dance demonstrations over the weekend. Enjoy toe-tapping music on both days, with newly confirmed blues musician Rob Berry performing on Saturday, and on Sunday Bad Detectives, Spitfire Sisters and the roaming Mariachi el Mexicano band.
Getting the retro weekend off to a great start, Simply VW will be a chilled-out affair, celebrating Volkswagen cars and vans of every era. Last year saw a record 537 Volkswagens cruise into the grounds of the Beaulieu attraction, including camper vans, Karmann Ghias, Beetles, beach buggies, Golfs, Polos, Passats and Sciroccos – and this year’s show is set to follow in its tyre-tracks.
Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy both shows with free camping on the Saturday for participants displaying an eligible vehicle at Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day. Or camping is available at £10 for all Simply VW participants who would like to stay for the next day’s show.
If you own a relevant vehicle and would like to take part in either show, email details of your car or bike for consideration firstname.lastname@example.org call 01590 614614. Camping must be booked in advance.
Event tickets can be bought in advance online and include admission to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum with its new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its gardens and grounds. For tickets and more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.
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