Date: 13 June, 2015
Location: The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN
Few UK classic car shows are staged further west than the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show.
And this summer’s 36th edition promises even more western flavour with an influx of timeless US gems.
Attendees can enjoy the show staging its first-ever Classic American Car Of The Year heat in Somerset’s Shepton Mallet on the weekend of June 13-14.
This will form one of the highlights of an event famous for being the friendliest and longest-running independent event on the classics calendar.
Classic American Car Of The Year
Ben Klemenzson, editor of Classic American magazine, will be on hand to judge the car to take on other NEC Classic Motor Show finalists this autumn (November 13-15).
Previous contenders have included head-turning gems that are as engrained in the American psyche as blueberry pie, hamburgers and the star-spangled banner, including a:
- Chrysler New Yorker (1964)
- Buick Super (1950)
- Mustang Fastback (1965)
- Pontiac Bonneville (1966)
- Chevrolet Corvette (1965)
- Cadillac Series 62 Sedan (1960)
- Lincoln Continental Mark IV (1976)
Best of the rest
- A cornucopia of specialist vendors
- Autojumble stalls
- A retro race transporter exhibition
- Dozens of car club stands with prizes for the best
- Hundreds of mouth-watering motors of classic vintage. Aston Martin, Rover and MG had a strong representation last year
- Get a classic car insurance quote, courtesy of sponsor Footman James
- A classic auction, thanks to Charterhouse. This is staged on the Sunday with an amazing line-up promised. Visitors can whet their appetites with sneak previews the day before. Remember to pick-up a special auction catalogue during Saturday’s viewing to get in on the Sunday
- A special classic-theme car park with attractions including club runs
Last year’s highlights
If 2014 was anything to go by then classic connoisseurs are in for a real treat this year.
For many the highlight was a trio of Swallow Doretti two-seater sports cars. These 1954-55 machines could hit 100mph.
Post-Second World War icon, the rare kit-built 1946 Iota racer also wowed crowds.
Where and when?
The Bath & West Showground, BA4 6QN, with gates open between 9.30am and 6pm on Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday.
How do I get a day ticket?
You can pay in advance at reduced rates (£11 adults, £10 seniors) or on the gate on the day (£13 adults, £12 seniors).
Children go free. Two-day tickets cost £22 for adults and £20 for seniors. Don’t forget to download, print and bring your emailed PDF e-ticket along on the day, not your emailed confirmation (which isn’t a valid ticket).
If you’d prefer a traditional ticket ring 01507 529529. Please note that e-ticket advance sales finish at 11.59pm during Friday, June 12.