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.”

Last chance to apply for charity funding from our 2018 show

Applications close on Wednesday 28th February 2018

If you are a registered charity located within 30 miles of Sherborne, Dorset, then you can apply for funding from the charity funds which we expect to raise at our 2018 show.  Awards from £1,000 to £10,000 will be considered by the Trustees of the Sherborne Classic Cars CIO.

Full details of our funding policy can viewed here and you can apply online to be considered for funding.


Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary to be Celebrated at this Year’s Show

This 1948 Prototype will be at the show kindly loaned by National Motor Museum Beaulieu

The Marque Feature for the Classic & Supercars Show on Sunday 15th July will be a celebration of ‘Land Rover – 70 Years, 1948-2018’ sponsored by Yeovil Land Rover, Somerset.

The design for the original Land Rover was started in 1947 by Maurice Wilks, chief designer at the Rover Company, and his brother Spencer, managing director of Rover. The early vehicles only came in various shades of light green, as dictated by military surplus supplies of aircraft cockpit paint, and all models until recently featured a sturdy box section ladder-frame chassis.

Nigel Young, Chairman of the Show, comments: “After a hugely successful show last year, and with £130,000 raised for charity over the past four years what could be better for 2018 than to celebrate 70 years of the Land Rover. Land Rovers, for me, signify the best of British and I’m looking forward to seeing the range from 1948 Series ‘1’ to the very latest Range Rovers all on display.”

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. Over 2,000 cars 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 in the Castle grounds.

For more information on the show visit www.classic-supercars.co.uk.

£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.

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.