The Concours de l’Ordinaire, or the Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional, is a showcase for the cars that are really nothing special, mundane, a dime a dozen.
So, what’s the point?
That is the point. The show does not look to the sleek exotic supercars or wallet emptying collector automobiles. Instead, it celebrates the vehicles that you once saw on a daily basis on UK roads. These are the cars that aren’t rare or unique. They are the Regular Joes of the auto world and their owners proudly show them off each year.
The festival will be held at the Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, England, a lovely 16th century country home sitting on a modest 3,000 acres. Soon the lawn will be bedazzled with cars, regular, everyday (slightly older) cars that provide a stark contrast to the majestic and pristine demeanor of the estate.
Back After a COVID Hiatus
The Festival of the Unexceptional is in its 7th year, back after a forced hiatus thanks to COVID in the “year that shall not be spoken.”
The event is open to cars and motorcycles that were manufactured from 1966 through 1996. They are accepting registration for showing vehicles until May 31, 2021.
The Every Man’s Classic Car Show
The beauty of this show is that it doesn’t focus on the super rare, exorbitantly expensive cars, but rather the more common classics which actually have a beauty all their own. Reliant, Peugeot, Datsun – these are the cars most of us grew up with. How cool to see them celebrated!
Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with the Lambos, Rolls, or Aston Martins out there, but come on! There are plenty of car shows to show them off.
The Festival take so-called “ordinary” classics like cars, bikes, even commercial vehicles, spanning four decades. And they have a special place in our hearts. Come to look, come to show, but you can’t help appreciating the unexceptional.
Because in their own, ordinary way, they are quite exceptional.
We love the ordinary classics, to be sure, but if you are looking for a little more pep and pomp, Woodside Credit can help you add a sleek exotic or cool classic to your garage. Contact us today to find out how we can help you – because we know that you want to be anything but ordinary!