Concours de l’Ordinaire selection for Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional

Concours de l’Ordinaire selection for Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional

Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional takes place on Saturday 27th July at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire
2024 event celebrates 10 years of the Festival of the Unexceptional
Concours de l’Ordinaire selection now revealed, with rarities ranging from a Lada 2102 estate to a Lancia Zeta
2024 event to feature many special cars, fun activations and special guests
Gates open 7am to 7pm to make the event a full day out

Hagerty’s world renowned Festival of the Unexceptional celebrates its 10-year anniversary at Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire on Saturday 27th July, with thousands of mundane motors on display, and a Concours de l’Ordinaire selection of the UK’s finest base-model cars.


Launched in 2014, Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional is a show dedicated to great everyday classic cars that has earned its place as a must-attend event in the automotive calendar. Showcasing much maligned and long-forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars of the 70s, 80s and 90s, it remains the only event to celebrate the everyday cars we all know and love.


The Concours de l’Ordinaire selection, celebrates the world of mundane motoring with a tongue-in-cheek take on the traditional concours format - think Fiesta over Ferrari and you’ll get the idea. And, as with any Concours event, the judges will be looking for originality, condition, rarity and great ownership stories before awarding the coveted trophies.


As a preview to the 2024 event, the Hagerty FOTU selection committee has just announced the Concours de l’Ordinaire star cars, and their owners, both ready to be displayed on the Grimsthorpe Castle concours lawn in July.


Leigh Davis - Alfa Romeo 145 1.6 Boxer
Martin Lawson - Audi 80
Colin Corke - Austin Mini Metro
Antony Buckley - BMW 316 E30
Lewis Dickson - Citroen Visa Champagne
Christopher Lloyd - Daewoo Lanos
Grant Kelso - Daihatsu Charade
Leif Hansen - Datsun 280C Estate
Callum Bailey - Fiat Brava
Damien Brannigan - Fiat Panda
James Gillard - Fiat Punto
Jean-Luc Cartwright  - Fiat Uno
Stephen Ransome - Ford Cortina
Andy Curtis - Ford Escort
Steven Marshall - Ford Escort L Estate
Warren Grove - Ford Fiesta
Catharine Bird - Ford Fiesta Freestyle 1.4
Joel Willis - Ford Ka
Kris Ray - Hyundai Lantra
Pete Marshall - Lada 2102 Estate
Michael Dickens -Lada Riva
Andy Collins - Lancia Beta
John Hart - Lancia Zeta
Simon Monks - Mercedes-Benz 190E 1.8
James Green - Nissan Bluebird
David Williams - Nissan Laurel Estate
Luca Alpert - Nissan Primera
Meru Richardson - Peugeot 106
Brent Markham - Peugeot 309
Carl Fravigar - Peugeot 309
Matthew Eade - Peugeot 505 SR
Daniel Pacey - Reliant Robin
Amy Jaine - Renault Clio
Glynn Jones - Renault Clio Oasis
Chris Williams - Renault Twingo
David Poulter - Rover 418
Dane Smith - Rover 100
Peter Burrowes - Simca 1000 Special
Julian Pearson - Simca 1100
Martin Whalley - Subaru Justy
Andrew Sutton - Toyota Carina
Mitch Lewis - Toyota Hilux
Callum Parry - Triumph Acclaim
Andrew Burford - Triumph Toledo
John Corbett - Vauxhall Corsa Merit
James Wilkinson - Vauxhall Corsa LS
Jack Sydee - Vauxhall Nova
Neville Wright - Vauxhall Nova Saloon
Graham Silverton - Volvo 145
Allan Symes - Yugo 45


Judging of these special cars will take place from 10am, with a panel of renowned judges including Steve Cropley, Danny Hopkins and Richard Bremner. Prize giving takes place on the Festival Main Stage at 16.00.


Jonny Smith and Richard Porter, hosts of popular automotive podcast Smith and Sniff, will also take to the stage at the 2024 Festival of the Unexceptional,  bringing their unique brand of automotive entertainment to the amassed fans of mundane motoring with a trio of interactive stage shows, including:


The Wheeltrim of Misfortune
A quiz in which contestants spin a giant wheeltrim to decide what category of car expert question they have to answer.
Chod Swap Shop
A tribute to the ‘80s classic kids’ TV show Swap Shop where Smith and Sniff invite showgoers to bring along FOTU car-related items they would like to swap for something else.

Live Smith and Sniff podcast recording
An episode of the Smith and Sniff podcast will be recorded live on stage with an audience Q&A session forming a part of the show.

Tickets for Smith and Sniff live podcast recordings always sell out fast, but now you have the unique opportunity to witness a live stage recoding of a podcast, and also enjoy a full day at the 10th Festival of the Unexceptional.


Tickets are priced at just £35 per car, so make sure to bring friends and family in the same car for a great value day out and, with gates opening at 7am and closing at 7pm, it really is a full day out.

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