➤ This year’s Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional will take place Saturday July 25th at its new venue of Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire.
Forging itself as one of the must-attend car events of the year, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance announces a new venue for the spectacular Festival of the Unexceptional Concours de l’Ordinaire – the seventh year the event has been staged. The date for the 2020 event is Saturday July 25th.
An increased demand for larger show space and greater availability of tickets, prompted a change of venue and provided an opportunity to relocate. The chosen location for 2020 is the beautiful Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, a 1516 architectural masterpiece, showcasing a mix of Tudor and Baroque splendour, originally given as a wedding gift by Henry VIII to William, 11th Lord Willoughby de Eresby.
What better backdrop for the UK’s largest collection of mundane vehicular transport, perfectly befitting the status of those exhibits wearing hallowed Ghia, Vanden Plas and CD badging.
Originally staged by Hagerty in 2014 as the first event of its kind in Europe, the Festival has since earned its place in the automotive calendar as the only attainable concours event offering a mix of great cars and a prestigious location with an informal and friendly approach not often seen on the concours circuit.
As in previous years, the Festival celebrates much maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and remains the only concours that applauds an Astra, believes in base-models, makes a case for a Maxi and robustly defends a Daf.
In keeping with the spirit of the event, guests are welcome to arrive in the latest supercars but are forewarned that forward parking is offered in favour of an FSO over a Ferrari, a Metro will be fawned over more than any Maserati and a Zastava will gain more privileges than a Zonda.
Once again, Hagerty’s annual Concours de l’Ordinaire will be free to attend and open to classic cars and light commercial vehicles from across the globe that were built between 1966 and 1996. Last year’s panel of automotive expert judges deemed a gloriously original 1977 Morris Marina Deluxe Estate as overall winner, with a 1978 Vauxhall Chevette Deluxe E saloon as notable runner up.
The Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional celebrates a generational shift towards affordable classic cars and respects the love directed to them by owners and enthusiasts. The fact the event sells out year after year emphasises the deep-rooted understanding Hagerty has of market trends and movements, and highlights their passion for creating innovative and engaging events.
If you are the owner of a suitably mundane but interestingly ‘unexceptional’ 1966-96 vehicle, you may register it for consideration from 14th February at: http://www.unexceptionalcars.co.uk – WG.