Ex­cep­tional show plans

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin www.hager­tyin­sur­ance.co.uk

Prawn cock­tails, vol-au-vents and cas­sette tapes are among plans to make Bri­tain’s unique cel­e­bra­tion of the­o­ret­i­cally mun­dane cars even bet­ter.

The 2016 Fes­ti­val of the Un­ex­cep­tional in Northants (see page 20) at­tracted some 250 cars rang­ing from a Citroën GS to a Yugo van, not for­get­ting a brown Austin Metro and a 3000-mile Austin Maxi.

Or­gan­ised by Hagerty In­sur­ance, the fes­ti­val aims to high­light clas­sics mainly from the 1970s and ‘80s which were once seen ev­ery­where but are now vir­tu­ally ex­tinct. This year’s event was the third. Event spokesman Mar­cus Atkin­son says: ‘We are de­liv­er­ing a heavy dose of nos­tal­gia and we want to make next year’s event even bet­ter.

‘We are plan­ning to open the event to more com­mer­cials, and make it even more full with 1970s food such as prawn cock­tails and vol-au-vents. As well as this, we would like peo­ple to bring along their favourite music from the era, prefer­ably on cas­sette tape.’

Farmer Jonathan Pap­worth with his show-win­ning Mor­ris Ma­rina pick-up. Food, music and more com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles from the 1970s and 1980s are set for next year’s fes­ti­val.

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