10 MAY 2021


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Article from BTNews 10 MAY 2021

Festival of the Unexceptional

With this motoring issue BTN seems justified with a mention for the ‘Festival of the Unexceptional’.

The Festival celebrates cars that were once a common sight but are now a rarity on UK roads, perhaps cars from your youth, or ones that you never knew about.  For a certain generation the Ford Cortina was the workhorse of the family, the Mini from BMC, and the Hillman Minx from the Rootes stable.  Most have just rusted away.  

If you own an Opel, maintain a Morris, fettle a Fiat, cherish a Chevette or run a Reliant this is your chance to show the world your beloved vehicle.

Festival of the Unexceptional is a competitive contest that celebrates the world of mundane motoring with a tongue-in-cheek take on the familiar concours format. Instead of displaying multi-million-pound vehicles and enforcing a dress code of chinos and blue blazers, cars are of the type once seen on every residential street, and dress is smart casual without the need to be smart.  

Sponsored by Hagerty, the world's largest provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles, the highlight of the day is the ‘Concours de l’Ordinaire’.

The Festival of the Unexceptional, takes place at Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire (PE10 0LY) a stately home just outside Bourne and originally designed by Sir Thomas Vanbrugh.  It is set in 3,000 acres and includes outstanding gardens.

To enter a suitable car use this link.  Registrations close 31 May and the event is Saturday 31 July.




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