Lancaster Insurance ‘Classic & Supercars’ Show Donating £60,000 to Local Charities

The show will donate a total of £60,000, to be shared by the British Heart Foundation and 16 local charities – read a review of the 2019 show here.

Over recent years the show has donated £231,000 to charity.

Now in its 16th year at Sherborne Castle this has become one of the premier car shows in the UK. With more than 15,500 people in attendance and over 2,100 Classic and Supercars on display over 36 acres of the beautiful Castle grounds, this event is now a must for car enthusiasts and families.

The planning for another great show on 19th July 2020 featuring Bentley is already underway.

Derek Bell Interview at Classic & Supercars Show

Derek Bell being interviewed by Mike Wilds

Derek was the Classic & Supercars 2019 Show Celebrity Guest and former racing driver Mike Wilds interviewed him during the show – you can view the full interview here.

Derek was a great hit at the show, not only participating in the interview, but also signing books, interviewing drivers in the tours and presenting awards.

Spanning over 40 years, Derek Bell MBE has enjoyed one of the most successful, diverse and wide-ranging careers of any British racing driver. He is best-known as the consummate endurance sports car driver who won the Le Mans 24 Hours five times, the Daytona 24 Hours three times and the World Sports Car Champion twice. He is considered as the greatest Englishman ever to compete in endurance racing.

The sun is shining in Sherborne, so what’s on at the show tomorrow?

The weather for Sherborne is set to continue dry and warm, and we have some great exhibits for you.

Want to see more of these

The sun came out on Saturday afternoon and dried up the site after Friday’s rain.  Everyone is busy setting up,  we are ready for your vehicles to arrive on Sunday morning, and we look forward to welcoming you.

And this is what our programme looks like.


10am   Meet Derek Bell in the Porsche Featrure Marquee

10.30   Arrival of Pistonheads members tour

11am   Early 1900’s F! race cars engine fire-up

11.30am  Derek Bell hosts porsche – early cars tour and marque parade

12.30pm  Lamborghini & Mustang Tours Arrive

1pm  Charterhouse car auction commences – in showfield C


2pm  Derek Bell interview, book and programme signing

2.15pm  Early 1900’s F1 race cars engine fire-up

3pm  Supercars Parade, courtesy of Van Haven Limited

3.30pm  Lancster Insurance car club awarreds – on the front castle drive 

4pm  Show closes to the public

Historical Sensation to be Revealed at the Show

The completion of the Bugatti Diatto Avio 8C 1919

2019 marks the centenary for the final completion of the Bugatti Diatto AVIO which has lain dormant since 1919.

In 1914 Bugatti told select clients that he was ready to create a luxury vehicle to surpass any known automobile. This coincided with Bugatti’s design of the AVIO 8C aero engine – his first experiment with a straight 8 engine. Historians see this WW1 aero-engine more as an automobile engine than solely for aviation. Indeed, they deduce that this massive 14.5 litre AVIO 8C engine may be regarded as the prototype for Ettore Bugatti’s Royale engine.

In 1915-1925 Ettore Bugatti was actively working together with Diatto’s capable technical team and using Diatto’s factory as test facility for his new ideas. In 1919, following the First World War, attention turned to car production and development of the AVIO aero-engine ceased – but obviously was not forgotten.

Later this 8-cylinder aero-engine, along with a big Diatto chassis, were discovered in the Biscaretti Collection in Turin, Italy. The project had never been finished, and how it found its way to the museum was a mystery. It is this project that after a century has finally been completed – to be revealed at Sherborne Castle on July 21st.

Read more about the history of this incredible car – download ‘THE LOST BUGATTI – The history behind the completion of Bugatti Diatto AVIO 8C’.

Legendary sports car driver Derek Bell, will be this year’s Celebrity Guest

Spanning over 40 years, Derek Bell MBE has enjoyed one of the most successful, diverse and wide-ranging careers of any British racing driver. He is best-known as the consummate endurance sports car driver who won the Le Mans 24 Hours five times, the Daytona 24 Hours three times and the World Sports Car Champion twice. He is considered as the greatest Englishman ever to compete in endurance racing.

Derek’s sports car career spans the Ferrari 512 and Porsche 917, the Gulf-Mirage era, Renault’s turbo effort at Le Mans, the Porsche 936, Porsche 956 and 962, the Kremer Porsche K8, the Ferrari 333 SP, and the McLaren F1, which earned him yet another Le Mans podium, with his son Justin, in 1995. The latter was one of the proudest moments of his career, on a par with any of his five outright victories at the famous 24 hour race.

Derek is still an ambassador for Porsche today and represents the company at many historic motor racing events. Furthermore, Bell regularly takes part in events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, driving the same cars he used as one of the most versatile and popular racers of his generation when actively competing. With this year’s show marque being Porsche, the organisers of Classic & Supercars are delighted that Derek will be attending the show and meeting visitors and fans alike.

He started out as a marshal at Goodwood, a few corners down from where the career of the great Sir Stirling Moss OBE came to a premature end in 1962. He began racing as an amateur in a Lotus 7 at Goodwood, winning his first ever race in March 1964, in the wet. He quickly progressed to Formula 3 and then Formula 2 with the backing of his step-father’s Church Farm Racing team, turning professional within three years when Enzo Ferrari offered him a Formula 2 drive in the Monza Lotteria. Between 1968 and 1974 he competed in 16 Formula 1 Grand Prix, racing for Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno, with a single World Championship point to his credit, driving a Surtees to sixth place at the US Grand Prix, Watkins Glen, in 1970.

Derek’s real talent lay with endurance racing, where he has become a legend. He won back to back World Sports Car Championship titles in 1985 and 1986, three 24 Hours of Daytona in 1986, 1987 and 1989 and five Le Mans victories in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987. Derek’s consistent team mate during this period was Jacky Ickx, racing several Porsche types together, including the Porsche 936, the Porsche 956 and the Porsche 962. The Bell/Ickx is partnership is considered as one of the most famous driver pairings in motorsport history.

He was at his prime during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, becoming the most successful driver of all-time during the reign of the Porsche 956 and Porsche 962, achieving no fewer than 16 outright victories in the World Endurance Championship and 19 in the IMSA Camel GT Championship, a total of 35 wins in seven years.

In 1970 Derek filmed the cult movie ‘Le Mans’ with Hollywood legend Steve McQueen, the two became firm friends. During the course of filming Derek showed that motorsport, even for the silver screen, can be a dangerous business, suffering burns to his face when the Ferrari 512 he was driving caught fire following a racing sequence on the Le Mans circuit.

2018 Show donates £42,850 to 19 local charities

Awards were made at an event hosted by show presidents, Edward and Maria Wingfield Digby at Sherborne Castle on 26th November

Stuart Annett- Show Secretary says –
We are delighted that this year’s Classic and Supercar Show was again able to benefit local Charities. The funds have been donated thanks to the voluntary work of the members of the Rotary Clubs of Yeo Vale, Sherborne Castles and Brue Valley. The recipients provide help for young people and the needy, contribute to vital medical research and services, help local organisations that care for the sick and those that work with young people.

This has only been possible thanks to the tremendous support received from the motoring community, our sponsors, car clubs, private car exhibitors, traders, suppliers, the national and local media. We are delighted to announce that over the past five years the show has raised a total of £171,000 for important and good causes in Dorset and Somerset’

Edward and Maria Wingfield Digby, owners of the Sherborne Castle Estate and Presidents of the show, presented a cheque for £10,000 to a representative of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, who were the headline beneficiaries of the show.

The three Rotary clubs who make this event happen were also presented with cheques representing the final part of the Rotary contribution to the Dorchester Hospital Cancer Ward fund.

A further 17  charities, all located within 30 miles of Sherborne, where awarded donations as a result of activities at the show.   This is the full list.

 Amateur Players of Sherborne
Founded in 1934. Produces two shows per year in Sherborne Studio Theatre

Blackmore Vale Riding for the Disabled
Offers riding on real ponies and two mechanical horses to disabled riders in N Dorset and South Somerset. Our riders range in age from 5-74 and have a range of disabilities

Diverse Abilities
Dorset’s disability charity supporting children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities across the county since 1955.

Dorchester, Sherborne and District CAB
An independent service providing free, confidential and impartial advice to everybody

Dorchester Disabled Club
Providing recreational and leisure facilities for disabled people in Dorchester and surrounding area to improve their quality of life.

Home Start North Dorset
Supports struggling families living in the North Dorset District Council area and where there is at least one child under five

Macmillan Cancer Support
From the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you feel more like yourself.

Parkinson’s Wincanton Branch
Offering information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.

St Margarets Hospice
Providing high quality and responsive palliative care to patients and their families facing a life limiting illness across Somerset

Sherborne Area Youth & Community Centre
Provides sport and recreational facilities for young people in Sherborne and district.

Mosaic Family Support
Offers a pathway of support and guidance for bereaved children, young people and their families

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association
Supports everyone affected by eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa across Somerset & Wessex.

Future Roots
Re-engaging young people, by using farming and the countryside to provide effective solutions to health and social problems.

Yeovil Freewheelers
Provides a unique out-of-hours, completely free to the NHS, courier service between different hospitals and patients in their own homes.

Also raised at this event

 Yeovil Inner Wheel Club for:             Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)

 The Battens Charitable Trust for:     The Rendezvous

                                                                 Sherborne Art and Education Complex

–  Show proceeds  £41,000
–  Yeovil Inner Wheel Club £850
–  Battens Charitable Trust £1,000



Porsche Centre Bournemouth to Sponsor the marque feature at Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show 2019

Organisers of the Show are thrilled to announce that ‘Porsche’ has been chosen for the 2019 marque feature. In conjunction with Porsche Centre Bournemouth the show will feature an historic line up of cars including race, rally and road cars from 1948 to the present day.

Features manager Keith McGee said, “I have begun my search for show stopping Porsches from the early 356 series and all subsequent models through to the 959 and latest 911’s, the Carrera GT and 918 Hypercar. I am particularly keen to feature race and rally cars the ultimate being the iconic 917 Le Mans winning cars. If anyone has one of these occupying their garage do please get in touch”.

This prestigious charity event, taking place on Sunday 21st July, is now in its 16th year and regarded as one of the premier classic and supercar shows in the South of England. More than 2,000 vehicles will be exhibited including vintage, classic, rally, race, supercars, American, custom and hot rods. There will be over 150 trade, craft and Autojumble stands plus a Charterhouse car auction, live music in the catering village, amusements for children and beautiful picnic places.

The show supports national and local charities and has raised £170,000 over the past five years.

Classic & Supercars 2018 Show Review

In the 15 years to date seldom have we experienced such continuous fine weather in the build up to the show, so here is a brief look at the event from its set-up to its break-down over 7 days in mid-July.

The Castle grounds look magnificent as ever, if perhaps a little scorched by 6 weeks of relentless sun, it is early on Monday morning and the first team of volunteers led by the show site manager arrive with plans, spreadsheets and tools to hand. They have prioritised their site layout programme to ensure the marquee supplier has full instruction upon where to locate the 15 marquees which will be scattered across some 36 acres of showfields, they have only one day to accomplish this massive task. The second day sees the start of marquees being erected and the detailed marking-out of the showfield which will host some 42 car clubs and 116 commercial and charity stands, by the end of the fourth day all has been accomplished and the site is ready for early arrivals.

Over the next two days, Friday and Saturday there is an ever increasing number of stands being erected and vehicles delivered from museums and private owners, the catering village and children’s amusement areas are completed. By early evening on Saturday we are fully prepared for the greatest task of all, that of getting some 1500 cars into their correct position over the whole site by 9am.

It is 6.30am on Sunday 15th July, Show day, and some 63 Rotarian volunteers check in at the information tent, bright yellow tabards are handed out and there is a palpable air of excitement and anticipation. Marshalls are despatched to their posts all over the site and 14 Rescue 4×4’s leave to patrol local roads, by 7am throaty exhausts hail the first trickle of cars to come through the main Castle gates eager to reach their designated parking areas. Each vehicle displays a colour coded windscreen hanger which denotes a specific showfield, stand number or site location. It is like a military exercise and within 2 hours the majority of cars are in place, over the first few public hours of the show they will be joined by another 500+ ‘On-the-Day’ classic and sportscars all parked in a dedicated area for public viewing.

Officially open to the public from 9.30am many people arrive early to enjoy exploring all the exhibits before the heat of the day becomes exhausting. At 10am the Jazz band are playing in the catering village and at 10.30am the first Tour organised by Wessex Ferrari Club arrive right on time, as they line up by the lake they are joined by more Ferraris from a private collector and by Lamborghinis driven by members of the Owners Club. The PA, already running, crackles into action with a finish line commentary detailing each car as it arrives, after a brief chat with each driver they park up in their allocated areas and as the crowd lining the Castle drive disperse we hear an F1 Benetton burst into life along with other modern and historic race cars including the 27litre Meteor Special.

The day features a celebration 70yrs of Land Rover and in the main display marquee sits the 1953 Royal Ceremonial Land Rover used by her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip during the 50’s and 60’s, together with one of the early prototype vehicles. At 11.30am there is a parade of vehicles from 1948 to 2018 paying homage to the marque in its many forms and guises with a commentary from Land Rover enthusiast Richard Beddall of the Dunsfold Land Rover collection.

Our regular supporters PistonHeads arrive with their tour at 12.30, some 40 supercars and exceptional vehicles noisily arrive at the finish line to be greeted and after a brief chat moved into their reserved parking area. A throng of visitors now head to the auction area where sales begin at 1pm others enjoy picnics in the beautiful grounds of the castle; the catering village large circular marquee provides welcome shade for some and a steel band takes over the entertainment. For some the Members marquee is the choice for the day and they enjoy a fine meal in elegant surroundings on the Castle East Lawn where  100 American cars are on display.

Then at 2pm the air fills with the sound of Rally cars being prepared for their parade, this to be led by our famous celebrity guest for the day, Paddy Hopkirk, driving a mini cooper ‘S’ to full rally specification. Paddy has been signing autographs and chatting with the public in the rally marquee alongside the mini in which he won the 1964 Monte Carlo rally, straight after the parade he is filmed giving a very amusing interview recounting stories from his past and current activities.

Then at 3pm the last parade features 30 supercars, including- McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Noble, Ultima, Porsche, Shelby Mustang and a host of other very high powered cars which roar into life and complete a circuit through the castle grounds. These having been chosen as a representative selection from over 130 present on the day.

Finally at 3.30pm cheques are awarded for category winning car clubs, these presented by our main sponsor Lancaster Insurance.

The day has seen some 2000+ cars on display, there have been around 12,000 people at the show and to top everything the organisers expect to donate around £45,000 to local charities. We give a huge thank-you to the Rotary volunteers, all the exhibitors including private individuals and traders, those who support us as sponsors or in kind and of course the visitors who make this possible.

Each year preparation for the next show begins as the dust, and it really did this year, settles at the end of the current event and so the planning for another great show on 21st July 2019 is already underway. To be part of it follow our website

Classic cars, supercars, sunshine, entertainment for all

This is what we have lined up for you on Sunday 15th, celebrating 70 years of Land Rover

9.30am Show opens to the public

Catering Village on showfield B open all day with Live music from Arcadia Jazz from 10am-1pm and Pantasy Steel Band 1pm – 4pm

Tours and Parades will arrive on the drive in front of the Castle
10.30am Wessex Ferrari Owners Club Tour
11.00am Early 1900’s and F1 Race cars engine fire-up
11.30am Land Rover 70yrs Celebration Parade
12.00am Charterhouse Car Auction commences in showfield ‘C’
12.30pm Arrival of PistonHeads Members Tour

************************ Lunch Interval ********************************

2.00pm Rally Car Parade and Celebrity interviews
2.30pm Early 1900’s and F1 Race cars engine fire-up
3.00pm Supercar Parade
3.30pm Lancaster Insurance Car Club Awards –
on front Castle drive

East Lawn TV Coverage – from 2pm The Men’s Wimbledon Final AND 4.00pm World Cup Football Final

4.30pm Show closes – those watching the two matches are welcome to stay until they end.  

Parade of Rally Cars for Sunday 15th July

See them, hear them, learn their story.  These are the rally cars which will parade in front of Sheborne Castle at 2pm plus interviews with some celebrity rally drivers.

1963 Morris MIni Cooper S 1071cc ex works 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner with Paddy Hopkirk & Hentry Liddon
Morris Mini Cooper S ex works replica 6EMO MiniSport
1976 Ford Escort RS2000 Mk 11
1969 MGC Sebring
1962 Triumph TR4 ex works
1962 Triumph TR4 ex works
1970 Triumph 2.5Pi World Cup replica
1963 Triumph TR4 ex works 555VC
1978 Ferrari 250GTO replica
1967 MG BGT
1969 Morris Mini Cooper S ex works
Morris Mini Clubman 1275cc
1971 Datsun 240Z
1959 Austin A40 Farina
1978 Ford Escort RS
Ford Sierra Cosworth
MG Midget
Ford Escort Mk 11
1966 Morris Mini Cooper S ex works replica
1968 Morris Mini Cooper S ex works RJ327F