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.
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
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.
Re-engaging young people, by using farming and the countryside to provide effective solutions to health and social problems.
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
Sherborne Art and Education Complex
TOTAL DISTRIBUTED £42,850
– Show proceeds £41,000
– Yeovil Inner Wheel Club £850
– Battens Charitable Trust £1,000
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.
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 http://www.classic-supercars.co.uk.
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
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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.
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
Ford Escort Mk 11
1966 Morris Mini Cooper S ex works replica
1968 Morris Mini Cooper S ex works RJ327F
Don’t miss the match! We will have TV screens on site for exhibitors and visitors to our show, and you are welcome to stay and watch the match. We recognises that our visitors and supporters may well be pre-occupied with football this weekend, so we will be showing the Football Cup Final whether or not England are playing in it.
The catering area will remain open until the end of the match, and you are welcome to stay and enjoy the football and good company with us.
This is a special service we are making available to our exhibitors and legitimate visitors to our show to ensure that you can enjoy a full day of classic and supercars without missing out on the match. It is not an open invitation to the general public.
The Trustees of the Sherborne Classic and Supercars CIO are thrilled to announce the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as its Headline Charity for this year’s Show. The prestigious event held at Sherborne Castle is renowned for its fundraising efforts, after raising £130,000 over the past four years which has benefitted a range of local and national charities.
The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, launched in 2000, provides relief from sickness and injury to the people in the local area and to date has flown more than 12,500 missions. Its airbase is situated at Henstridge Airfield and the charity rely on the generosity of the public to help fund and sustain the great work it does.
Nigel Young, Chairman of Trustees for the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show, comments: “We selected the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance because of their remarkable services, providing rapid-response emergency medical care in our local area, including to motorists in need of urgent assistance. Their funding requirements are truly substantial and we’re pleased to be able to make a contribution.”
Lara Battersby, Communications Officer for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance said: “Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to have been selected as the Headline Charity for this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show. The Charity operates 365 days a year and with each mission costing approximately £3,000, we are grateful to receive support from events such as this. We wish the event organisers and all those who attend the show a fantastic event.”
The Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show is 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.
With just a couple of weeks to go, the 15th annual Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars show on Sunday July 15, 2018 is revving up to be one of the best ever events. This year’s marque is Land Rover, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary as one of the UK’s most iconic brands. Amongst the many examples of classic and modern Land Rovers at the show will be the original 1948 prototype and a 1953 Land Rover Series 1, which was part of a fleet which accompanied the Queen and Prince Philip on a six month Commonwealth tour soon after the coronation.
Another highlight of the show will be a visit by Paddy Hopkirk MBE. He is one of the greatest British rally drivers of all time, having competed in 283 events, and most famously for winning the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini. The actual car will be at the show! Paddy will also be leading the Rally Car parade.
There will be over 2,000 vehicles on display, with some very remarkable and eclectic examples, including the custom-built ‘Meteor Special’ that is powered by a 27 litre Meteor engine from a Centurion tank. Other vehicles at the show will include the ex Neslon Piquet Formula 1 Benneton and an original 1966 Ford GT40, over 40 Supercars including McLaren – Lamborghini – Noble – Ferrari – Aston Martin – Porsche and a host of interesting cars from the Haynes International Motor Museum. Numerous tours and parades will feature throughout the day and twice there will be an engine fire-up of the Benetton F1 car and some early 1900’s race cars.
Alongside the familiar AutoJumble and Craft stalls will be the new Catering Village, where a superb array of high-quality artisan food and drink, together with music will be available in a single venue. However, for a truly exclusive experience why not become a ‘Member’ and turn your visit into a fantastic day out with access to unrivalled show facilities throughout the day – including a Buffet Luncheon in the Members Marquee on the East Lawn.
Fun for the family is another focus for this year’s show. To ensure that the children don’t miss out on Land Rover’s 70th Birthday there will be the battery-powered ‘LittleLandies’, giving them the opportunity to try out the Land Rover experience! The Children’s Area provides a safe play area, particularly for younger children with a bouncy castle, slides, and roundabouts. Budding young racing drivers (and we are sure some adult ones as well) will again be able to test their skills on the slot car racing track. The custom built circuit is based on the Scalextric Digital system which allows up to 6 cars to race on a 2 slot track with lane change overtaking. There will also be remote control cars on a grass racing track.
Live Music from Arcadia Jazz and Pantasy Steel Band will be performed throughout the show.
Charterhouse will again be running a fabulous auction for both Classic and Supercars. Charterhouse had the pleasure of conducting the first auction in the beautiful Castle grounds in 2009, which was very successful. Since then each subsequent auction has been built upon with hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles being sold – with a top price achieved by an Aston Martin DB6 restoration project for a not inconsiderable £150,000.
We look forward to seeing you at Classic & Supercars 2018.
Loaned by British Motor Museum at Gaydon, the vehicle was part of a fleet which accompanied the Queen and Prince Philip on a six month Commonwealth tour soon after the coronation. This Land Rover was specially adapted for use from the basic 86 inch wheelbase model and was the first of the bespoke royal Land Rovers, being known as State IV.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, comments: “The whole nation has been swept up with ‘Royal fever’ and what better way to carry on the great feeling, than announcing a former Royal vehicle will be at the show. With Land Rover being the show’s marque feature, there’ll certainly be a diverse range on show and this particular one has a fascinating history!”
This prestigious charity event, now in its 15th year, is 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 £130,000 over the past four years.