Seasons Greetings from Classic & Supercars Show

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year from us all at Classic & Supercars Show

Next show 17th July, 2022

Classics for Carers and Virtual Museum Tours

As this year’s Classic & Supercars Show has been cancelled we are supporting a couple of lock-down motoring initiatives Classics for Carers and Virtual Museum Tours.

Classics for Carers

An at-home motoring event for classic car and bike enthusiasts across the nation, fundraising for NHS Charities Together. For more information please visit:

Virtual Museum Tours

As museums and car shows are currently closed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we thought you might like to take a virtual tour of some of the world’s main motor museums. We have compiled a list on the show website – click here.

Unique Felday-Daimler to Showcase at Classic & Supercars Show 2020

In 1963 a Daimler powered sprint car won the RAC Hill Climb Championship at its first attempt. The car was the Felday-Daimler designed, built and driven by a young engineer called Peter Westbury. His exciting win came after a close fought struggle with Tony Marsh. The name Felday was chosen because it was the medieval name for Peter Westbury’s home village of Holmbury St. Mary in Surrey.

From the front as far back as the cockpit the Felday is a Lotus 20 (Junior) but from the cockpit back she is completely original, having been designed by both Peter Westbury and Hugh Haskell of Lotus with valuable assistance given by Chief Mechanic Rupert Kosmala. Edward Turners’ 2.5 Litre Daimler V8 engine gave good low down power and torque and was fitted with a Roots Supercharger blowing at 8 psi, installed in the V between the cylinders.

After winning the 1963 RAC Hill Climb Championship the Felday-Daimler was subsequently acquired by Peter Taffy Cottrell, one of the founders of Gilbern Cars in Wales. Peter had considerable success with the car and became known, throughout Britain, as the Welsh ‘Flying Milkman’ from the time he owned a Dairy business.

Apparently the car then passed through various dealers until in 1985 she was bought by her present owner Ron Welsh. He took the car to Peter Denty who recognised the chassis to be the Felday-Daimler and put Ron in contact with Peter Westbury who confirmed the identity. Finally in 1995 Ron with the help of both Peter Westbury and Peter Denty began the restoration of the car.

Ron has very kindly allowed Christopher Dalton to bring the Felday-Daimler to this year’s Classic and Supercars Show.

Photo Caption: Ron Welsh in the 1963 Championship winning 2.5 Litre Felday-Daimler – Photo Bob Cooper

Happy Xmas to all our Supporters

Thank-you to everyone who supported our show in 2019.  With your help we were able to donate £61,000 to charity this year and over the past 6 years we have donated a total of £232,000 to local charities.

We wish you all a very happy Xmas and look forward to seeing you all again at our 2020 show on 19th July. 

Remember the 2018 show?


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