Ex­cep­tional new grounds for Fes­ti­val

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The Fes­ti­val of the Un­ex­cep­tional will re­turn this year with a brand new venue.

Hagerty’s cel­e­bra­tion of the ex­cep­tion­ally or­di­nary will take place on 22 July and will now be held in the grounds of Stowe House, Buck­ing­ham. Hagerty ad­mits the change of venue (pre­vi­ously held Whit­tle­bury Park Golf Club in Towces­ter, Northamp­ton­shire) is to cre­ate a sense of jux­ta­po­si­tion be­tween the or­di­nary cars, and the ex­tra­or­di­nary venue - that was the home of the Duke of Buck­ing­ham, and now be­longs to £11,490 a term Stowe School.

En­tries are now open on­line for any suit­able 1966-1989 ‘or­di­nary’ ve­hi­cle. This year hand-picked ve­hi­cles from the vis­i­tor’s car park will be in­vited spe­cially to join the main show’s con­cours par­tic­i­pants.

Prior win­ners of the Un­ex­cep­tional award have in­cluded a Nis­san Cherry Europe, a Mor­ris Ma­rina pick-up, and a Hill­man Avenger Su­per Es­tate.

An­gus Forsyth, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Hagerty says: ‘ The grounds are spec­tac­u­lar, and we feel the new venue will add to the en­joy­ment of this ter­rific mo­tor­ing event. The Fes­ti­val is a great op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate these un­usual clas­sics and to recog­nise their last­ing im­pact.’

The judg­ing panel of the Con­cours de l’Ordináire is yet to be an­nounced, but

CCW un­der­stands that there may be at least one celebrity judg­ing.

Par­tic­i­pants will once again be en­cour­aged to pack a pic­nic re­flect­ing the era of their car.

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