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

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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.  

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

Football is coming to the Classic and Supercar Show

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.


Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Headline Charity for Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show 2018

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.

Feature Packed Show

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.

A Royal Affair at the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show

Following the Royal wedding, organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show are continuing to celebrate and are thrilled to welcome to the show a 1953 Land Rover Series 1 which has royal connections of its own!

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.

Paddy Hopkirk MBE to attend Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show

Organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show are absolutely thrilled to announce Paddy Hopkirk will be attending this year’s show.

Taking place on 15th July at Sherborne Castle, Paddy will be welcomed by the team following an invitation from his close friend and ex-team mate, patron of the show and fellow rally driver, Brian Culcheth.

Paddy Hopkirk MBE

Paddy Hopkirk is one of the greatest British rally drivers of all time, having competed in 283 events, and is most famous for winning the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini and the actual car will be at the show. He was awarded an MBE in 2016 for his services to motoring and young people and is President of the British Racing Drivers Club as well as the Historic Rally Car Register and is an honorary life member of the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association.

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, comments: “It is an absolute honour to be welcoming Paddy Hopkirk to the show. He has had a glittering career, spanning numerous motoring events, and is a true legend within the industry. I am really looking forward to catching up with Paddy, and showcasing the wonderful event at Sherborne Castle including the live rally element.”

George Harrison’s Mercedes Sold at Auction

The black AMG Mercedes 500 SEL that George Harrison bought in 1984, which was featured at last year’s Classic & Supercars Show, was sold at auction for £43,200.

Harrison originally paid £85,000 for the car and owned it for 16 years. It featured in the official video for the song ‘Real Love’.

The car was sold this month alongside more than 350 previously unseen photos of The Beatles at two early US shows that fetched £253,200. Other items sold included a signed hotel register from a night at “The Bull” in Peterborough, which all four musicians signed along with their manager Brian Epstein, which went for £9,840.


Custom-built ‘Meteor Special’ to appear at this year’s Show

Organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show are thrilled to have been chosen as the venue for a recently-completed ‘Meteor Special’ to be shown for the very first time.  

Taking over ten years to painstakingly create by owner John Crowhurst in Cape Town and the UK, the car features a 27 litre Meteor engine from a Centurion tank which had been sent to South Africa in 1952. John’s vision was to create a design which embodied the best features of 1930s speed record breaking cars. The car has five radiators, two gearboxes, a central driving position and a rear bench seat for two passengers.

John said: “For a car of this type almost everything has to be designed and bespoke as very little can be bought off the shelf. It’s now driveable but needs some improvements before the show, including to the silencers, so we can release the Spitfire roar of the engine! I’m also searching for a track to test the various systems.”

Stuart Annett, Show Secretary, commented: “We’re beyond excited to see this one-of-a-kind beast debut at the show! It’s a truly inspirational build and completely captures the glamour and beauty of the golden age of motorsport.”