Exceptional show plans
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.