FJ 38th Bristol Classic Car Show 2017
Location: Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN,
The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show has celebrated everything from luxury legends to beloved British classics over its 37 editions.
The Classic Car Park
The Classic Car Park is classed as one of the show’s highlights by our visitors every year. Packed with hundreds of classics from a wide range of marques, eras and interests, the classic car park is where you’ll find club meets, people enjoying a day out in their pride and joy, and budding photographers capturing what really is a sight to behold!
All cars parked in the classic car park must be 25 years or older to qualify for entry, and must pay per person to enter the show. As a special offer for 2017, the show is giving away a FREE bottle of Meguiar’s Quik Detailer and a Microfiber Cloth to each car, worth £17! Upon entry, the driver will receive a flyer to fill in and hand over to the event staff in the Classic American marquee where they can claim their free gift.
Each car is automatically entered in to win multiple awards, judged by a panel of experts and awarded by show sponsor Footman James.
Classics also get exclusive parking inside the show! The classic car park is located at the back of the Main Hall of the show, so park up, beat the queues and save your legs too!
Car club communities
Dedicated car clubs are always out in full force at The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show, with their themed exhibitions a must-see over the event weekend.
Admire the superb vehicles and immerse yourself in the community to really experience the passion of these local clubs. Loyal car clubs never fail to impress at the event, and in recent years they’ve turned out in their masses to produce some superb exhibitions – usually themed and nearly always made by their own hands. Providing our visitors with endless information about their incredible vehicles, these wonderful mini-communities help to keep the classic car scene alive and well. More than 50 clubs are set to attend this year’s show, including: the Volvo Enthusiasts Club, Morris Minor Owners Club, Yeovil Car Club, Norton Radstock Classic Vehicle Club, Triumph Sports Six Club and the Gilbern Owners Club.
It’s not just about brilliant British classics though – the Footman James Classic American Car of the Year heat is returning again this year. The lucky winner will be chosen to go through to the competition final which will be held at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.
Classic American Car of the Year Heat
The Classic American Car of the Year competition is the UK’s only concours competition run exclusively for American cars and has been organised by Classic American magazine for well over two decades now. Sponsored by FJ, the competition is well known in the American car scene and is respected by many.
Magazine editor Ben Klemenzson will be at the show all weekend, looking out for a suitable candidate to go through to the final round of the competition. There are no entry criteria; ideally cars should be either original or restored and ‘stock’, without aftermarket wheels or suchlike. Heat winners are guaranteed a place on the Classic American stand at the Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC on November 10-12, and also win a bespoke hand-cast brass trophy, a cheque for £100 and a feature in the magazine (if their car hasn’t already been featured).
So – if you own a Classic American car, it’s definitely worth bringing it to the show!
Bag a bargain
There’s plenty of opportunities to discover rare treasures in the huge indoor autojumble.
Independent traders and service providers fill up the halls of the Royal Bath & West Showground, offering vintage memorabilia, parts and tools.
At the other end of the scale is the Charterhouse Auction, which rounds off the weekend in style. Take the chance to explore the lots on Saturday before they go under the hammer on Sunday.
The Charterhouse Auction team are on site all weekend, found in the Exmoor Hall at the side of the Main Hall. Lined up under the traditional Charterhouse blue bunting this year will be more than 40 lots ranging in value from just £500 to more than £100,000 – so there really is something to suit all budgets, all restoration capabilities, and all tastes!
For people visiting the show on Saturday, the hall can be accessed for free viewing all day. Sunday is auction day, and so visitors need to purchase a catalogue from the Charterhouse team to gain entry. A catalogue costs just £10 and allows access for two people.
Tickets and further information
Tickets are available to buy in advance, costing £10. On the gate, tickets are £13. Under 16’s go free.
E-tickets can be bought online here, or call 01507-529529 to purchase a regular ticket.