Bristol Classic Car Show 2016

Date: 18 June, 2016

Location: Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN

It’s not for nothing that the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show (June 18-19) has earned a reputation for being among the friendliest on the circuit.

So expect some good old-fashioned West Country hospitality when thousands of petrol-heads descend on Shepton Mallet’s Royal Bath & West Showground for the 37th edition of the ever-popular show.

Classics to crave and awesome auction lots

You want classic, modified or unique? Then Shepton Mallet is the place for you. If last year was anything to go by, it should be a dreamy experience for connoisseurs with a nose for automotive nostalgia.

In 2015 the Morgan Sports Car Club chose the event to showcase its magnificent Morgan Le Mans 62 Plus 8, which scooped the iconic endurance race in 1962. Only 39 others were ever built.

Several of the UK’s leading car clubs will be there again this time round. Visitors can also enjoy the classic car park and special exhibits as well as interactive experiences.

Anyone wanting trade, private or club entry exhibition details can ring Andy Kitchen, the event planner, on 01507 529435 or email

The Charterhouse classic car auction provides the show’s finale. The Dorset-based sale has a history for putting up some hidden gems. In recent years these have included:

• An Aston DB6 barn find which had not put tyre to road in three decades. This fetched £150,000.

• A Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville. This sleek machine went for £88,000.

• An original Mini Cooper S which attracted a successful bid of £33,000. It was in poor condition, but ripe for restoration.

Don’t leave without …

• Hunting a bargain: Hundreds of trade stalls are guaranteed, offering parts, memorabilia, accessories, tools and spares

• Tasting some of the fare from the food stalls: Somerset is renowned for its lovely home-made grub and the Bristol Classic Car Show should be no exception.