Ac­cept­ably un­ex­cep­tional

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Held on the same week­end as Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, Hagerty’s fifth Con­cours de l’ordinaire hosted a sim­i­larly pas­sion­ate band of en­thu­si­asts and show­cased ar­guably even rarer clas­sics at Stowe House.

Seat 1500 Hearse

Fresh from decades of trans­port­ing the dead of Seville was Martin Aldridge’s hearse mak­ing its show de­but. ‘I just like hearses!’ he grinned. ‘I’ve been try­ing to get it to shows for ages but ev­ery time I get it ready, it suf­fers a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure the night be­fore. Some­where in the UK re­sides a Fiat ver­sion – an Ital­ian 2300 model. That’s a bit grander than mine though – it has very fancy de­tails and big, or­nate lamps.’

Martin re­cently had to fit an en­tirely new brak­ing sys­tem and has re­built the en­gine but it’s oth­er­wise very clean. ‘There were loads of them in Spain but I think it fits right in here. It’s un­ex­cep­tional, but has a Span­ish ac­cent.’

Citroën Visa Su­per E

Chris Sal­ter has re­cently bought his 1983 Visa, named Florence, for the sec­ond time. ‘I bought it from the orig­i­nal owner some years ago but then sold it to fund my Citroën DS,’ said Sal­ter. ‘I missed it so much though – I didn’t like the idea of any­one else driv­ing it. It just felt like Florence and I were meant to be to­gether.

The first re­sult of the 1975 merger with Peu­geot, this 104-based Visa was hugely suc­cess­ful in the UK but is now vir­tu­ally ex­tinct.

‘The at­tach­ment to nos­tal­gia is ar­guably stronger here than at most high-end clas­sic shows. These are all cars that nor­mal peo­ple grew up with. The smell of the plas­tics and the up­hol­stery stirs so many me­mories – that’s what this event is all about.’

Martin Aldridge’s Seat hearse

Chris Sal­ter’s Citroën Visa

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