£46,000 to charity thanks to our supporters

Over 2,100 cars exhibited, 14,000 visitors, our sponsors and supporters, you all helped us to raise an amazing £46,000 which has been distributed to 14 charities this weekend.

Our special presentation event held and Sherborne Castle on Friday, was attended by representatives of the recipient charities together with our sponsors and supporters, Yeovil Inner Wheel and members of the Rotary Clubs of Brue Valley, Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale.

Our event Presidents, Edward and Maria Winfield Digby, presented a cheque for £10,000 to our headline charity, Cancer Research UK.   The remainder of the charitable money was presented to a range of local charities, all of whom operate within 30 miles of our show site.  Each received sums between £2,750 and £3,000, which to these small and dedicated charities makes a significant difference.  Thank you to everyone who helped us make this possible.

Recipients were:

Cancer Research UK – An Internationally respected organisation dedicated to Cancer research and 80p of every poud donated goes directly to Research.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance – Our local emergency response organisation who need to raise £2 million per year.

St Margaret’s Hospice – At the heart of Somerset’s community for over 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.

Like Minds – Started in October 2015. Like Minds works with people experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions, whether diagnosed or not. The project provides one to one counselling as well as facilitated and peer support groups.

Riding for the Disabled – The aim is to enable riders of all abilities to ride a pony or a mechanical horse/ riding simulator.  We have 80 riders registered of all ages from 4yrs up to 80yrs.

Wincanton Parkinson’s UKThe Charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. It endeavours to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s. Striving for better treatments in years – not decades.

Yeovil Free Wheelers  – The longest serving blood bike group in the UK starting up in 1978. Our Group has no financial support from national or local government nor from Yeovil District Hospital, the source of the majority of our tasks. All members are volunteers

Mosaic. Supporting Bereaved Children in Dorset – A child–centred service, offering a pathway of support for bereaved children, young people and their families. Also providing support for young people who are facing the death of a parent or loved one.

Go Girls.Supports women with gynaecological cancers with their unique blend of advice, support and hugs.  This year they have raised £25,000 for the Cancer Appeal to fund a counselling suite at Dorset County Hospital.

Growing SpaceA charity, working in the Balsam Centre. They grow the fruit and veg for the café and local schools, whilst helping people who are experiencing emotional difficulties. They also run activities to boost self-confidence and give training and support to people with learning disabilities.

Future Roots. – Founded by Julie Plumley in 2006. It uses two farming sites in Dorset to provide effective solutions to health and social problems by re-engaging young people with learning and enhance the well-being of adults when they are isolated or have long term illnesses.

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association  Provides support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions.

Sherborne Area Youth & Community Centre  – Operating at Tinney’s Lane, Sherborne for the benefit of the community in general and youth organisations in particular. It runs its own youth club and hosts a church youth club.

Diabetes Research –  An organisation focused on research into a biological Cure for Diabetes

The Rendezvous – If you are 14 – 25 The Rendezvous is the place where you can get a friendly listening ear and emotional support if you need it – plus all the info you want on jobs, housing, health and relationships. It has a coffee bar and music studio and can help young people get qualifications, new skills and find work.

If you are a charity operating within a 30 mile radius of Sherborne, click here to apply for a donation from next years show, which will be held on Sunday 15th July 2018 when our marque feature will be Landrover.

What a weekend!

In the region of 40 Rotary volunteers were needed each day to keep Sherborne Classic & Supercar show running smoothly.

We could not have done this without you, directing traffic, keeping spectators safe during the tours, collecting tickets, emptying rubbish bins. and many more unseen jobs which were needed, you kept the whole show running.  And that is in addition to the Rotary teams who gave their time to set up over 5 days prior to the event opening, and there is a team on site this morning putting everything into storage and leaving the site at Sherborne Castle in pristine condition for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks to you all, the Rotary clubs of Brue Valley, Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale, have a rest, and in due course we will publish figures on how much you have helped to raised for our charity, Sherborne Classic Cars CIO (Charity No 1172969).

CRUK and local charities to benefit from this year’s show

Ticket sales for entry to this year show, both on the day and advance tickets, are enabling us to raise funds for our new grant making charity, Sherborne Classic Cars CIO (Charity No. 1172969).

The show is being put on to raise funds for the charitable purposes of the new Charity, which plans to make donations to one national and local charities in Dorset and Somerset.

Read the full press release here.

Getting to the Show – Alternative Routes


To enhance traffic flow the organisers have devised some alternative routes for the General Public to access the Show. Please note all Exhibitors, on-the-day classics, motorcycles and disabled badge holders must enter via Gate 1.

For members of the public intending to arrive before 10.30 it is strongly advised that you use the Alternative routes shown on the map below. These will be well signed on the roads.
After 10.30, when the backlog of exhibitor traffic will be on-site, Entrance 1 should be far less congested and may be used by all.

Lancaster Insurance F1 Simulator

News Flash from our headline Sponsor Lancaster Insurance

“Next weekend sees the show returning to Sherborne Castle and we for one can’t wait for Saturday 15th July to arrive!  

Headline show sponsor, Lancaster Insurance, is thrilled to be attending for the first time and has big plans for its stand!  The classic car insurance specialist has already announced that a 1952 Alvis-Healey G-Type and an Aston Martin V8 Volante will be showcased on its stand (Showfield B, Avenue 3) and can now reveal a Formula 1 simulator will be joining the party.

People will be able to test their driving skills all weekend, fighting to take home the coveted prize and to be pole position on the leaderboard!   So why not slide into the simulator’s driver seat and take a ride around some of the most famous Formula 1 circuits in the world. With a fight back system built in, the steering wheel pulls just like a real Formula 1 car would as people speed around corners, really adding to the racing effect!  

We hope to see you there! “

Credit: photo supplied by Pro Slot Racing and is an example of a simulator that will be on the stand.

Rally Car Parade 2pm on Saturday

NEW this year our rally car parade led by Brian Culcheth plus celebrity drivers and Bronwen Burrell

Brian Culcheth’s World Rally car – Triumph 2.5 PI.




Our drivers will assemble on the Rally stand at 13.40hr before parading down the main front drive, where each one will be interviewed by our commentator Graham Robson.

A real treat for rally car enthusiasts.


George Harrison follows John Lennon

Last year we had a replica of John Lennon’s Rolls Royce Phantom, this year we have George Harrison’s Mercedes 500 SEL AMG

History of A168VGE :

Registered in Glasgow in 1984 & sent to Strattons of Wilmslow for the addition of AMG trim exterior & interior. Also lowered suspension & ‘Penta’ wheels. Total cost £85,000 which in those days would have bought a house.

George kept the car for sixteen years until August 2000. This is longest he kept a car. During this time he covered about 30,000 miles. A168 VGE has a 5 litre V8 engine producing 228 BHP. The car always sat in the open at his Friar Park Estate because there was only one garage.
In a video clip of George driving the car in November 1991 he is surprised by a Japanese film crew at the Bray Studios, near Windsor. They are filming a promo for George’s Japanese Tour in December. He says to the cameramen :”I’m sorry it’s not a Honda”.

In another video clip from The Beatle’s Anthology in 1995 the remaining Beatles can be seen exiting the car at Paul’s recording studio in Sussex. Poor quality photo extracted from video attached.

Here’s a link to the video & the car can be seen after 1min 37secs

After George’s ownership it was given to his good friend Ray Cooper, the famous percussionist , who also managed ‘Handmade Films’ for George.



NEW in 2017 – for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts

This year Bournemouth Norton Owners Club are bringing some great vintage motorcycles which will be on display at our show.

Here are some examples of what you can expect to see.

Wanted – owner of a 1950’s Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Can you help us?

Wanted – owner of a 1950’s Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing to offer his car for special display in the Mercedes-Benz Marque Feature at the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show at Sherborne Castle, Dorset on 15th/16th July. This show is organised by Rotary Clubs and supports a variety of charities. From last year’s event £53,000 was donated and our target for this year is £70,000. Overall it is expected that some 2,000 classics and supercars will be displayed with an estimated 15,000 people in attendance.

We have already secured some very special Mercedes cars for this prestigious display but are anxious to feature the iconic 300 SL Gullwing  model. The car would be securely displayed in a marquee and would be required on site on Friday 14th July and remain in position until the show closes at 4.00pm on Sunday 16th. Security will be in place throughout this period.

If you are able to help with this request please contact the Show Secretary on Tel: 01460 77256 or email; info@classicsatthecastle.co.uk

For further information visit our website; www.classics-supercars.co.uk

Rare Mercedes-Benz take centre stage at Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars

With Mercedes-Benz as the chosen marque feature for 2017 the event organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars – Sherborne Castle are delighted to announce that an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen replica, kindly loaned by Haynes Motor Museum, designed by Karl Benz and widely regarded as the first automobile ever will be showcased at the Dorset annual event.

In addition a rare 1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 S Type Tourer, now housed at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu and kindly loaned by them, will also be featured. The S Type Tourer was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and this particular car was once owned by the actor Sir Peter Ustinov. There were only 146 examples of this model ever produced and they are famous for being incredibly successful on the race track. With the many other Mercedes-Benz cars on display, covering the whole spectrum from 1886 to the present day, the show will provide a comprehensive display of both historic and rare cars.

As ever the show will provide a feast of classic cars spanning some 80 years from early 1900’s chain driven race cars to popular modern classics. Motorsport, both race and rally will be represented, along with American, Custom and Hot Rod cars and of course a wide collection of Supercars including Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bentley, Shelby and Porsche.

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, comments: “This event is synonymous with showcasing some of the best classic, motorsport and supercars there are. These Mercedes-Benz vehicles are a fantastic addition to the weekend line-up of around 2000 cars and I’m sure they will delight show visitors and exhibitors alike – we certainly can’t wait to see them!” 

Stuart Annett, Show Secretary of ‘Classic & Supercars Sherborne Castle’ comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to have secured these rare and unique Mercedes for the event. The marque feature changes yearly and it’s fantastic to have this calibre and stature of vehicles in the display.”