Hagerty Unexceptional Festival should be a classic sensation!
Those of you looking for something different this year need look no further, as the 2019 Festival of the Unexceptional Concours de l’Ordinaire has just been give the green light for its sixth edition of this idiosyncratic treat.
The Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional will be held for the sixth year in succession on Saturday 20 July 2019.
Originally staged by Hagerty in 2014, this pioneering event was touted as the first of its kind in Europe, celebrating those everyday wheels we all loved to shout about.
Billed as the light-hearted Festival of the Unexceptional (FOTU), it has already become a must-attend event for the admirers of the mundane motor cars of our past such as the lovable Marina, Metro, Chevette, Allegro, Hillman, Datsun and a whole host of other jaw-dropping oddities to wet your insatiable classic appetite.
Angus Forsyth, Hagerty’s Managing Director said:
“We are delighted to be hosting the Festival of the Unexceptional at the fabulous new venue of the Claydon Estate. The grounds are spectacular and the imposing Claydon House will add to the majesty of the event and enhance everyone’s enjoyment of this terrific and unique motoring event. In the past years, we have met the most marvellous people with the most exceptional ‘unexceptional’ vehicles, bettered only by the stories that lie in the background of the history of the cars. The Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate these unusual classics and to recognise their lasting impact.”
The 2019 festival will move lock stock and two smoking classics to a new venue, situated in the idyllic surroundings of the Claydon Estate, centrally located near Buckingham.
Chosen in marked contrast to the vehicles that will be participating in next year’s Festival, Claydon House provides the perfect backdrop for such an occasion.
Free To Attend
Once again, Hagerty’s annual Concours de l’Ordinaire will be free to attend and open to classic cars and light commercial vehicles from across the globe that were built between 1966 and 1996, as optimised by the 1977 Chrysler Alpine that was voted ‘Best of Show’ by a distinguished panel of motoring experts at the 2018 FOTU, and illustrated for the event’s 2019 poster image.
Any owner of a suitably mundane but interesting ‘unexceptional’ 1966-1996 vehicle will shortly be able to register it for consideration and potential participation between 1 January and 31 May 2019 at the latest, using the following link; that will go live in the New Year www.unexceptionalcars.co.uk.
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Vehicle manufacturers with a collection of suitable classic cars to represent their marque’s history are also free to enter for FOTU’s special ‘Invitation Class.’ Free public admission tickets are limited to 600, strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. When allocated, an additional 400 tickets can be purchased for £5.00 each. 2019 FOTU tickets can be applied for at the same web address.
On 20 July the 2019 FOTU will also see the return of Hagerty’s Feast of the Unexceptional, the period picnic equivalent of the banal automotive display. All participants are encouraged to bring out the Battenberg cake, Curly Wurly bars, cheese and pineapple on sticks and, of course, the obligatory bottle of Babychamp!
Participants will also be encouraged to dress in period fashions such as flared plaid trousers and skirts, bell bottoms and so on, to reflect the era of their vehicle should they wish, with the potential to win the Hagerty ‘Best Dressed’ award on the day.