Dozens of classic cars will be lined up at historic Highnam Court, near Gloucester, next month for the 2014 Gloucestershire Motor Show.
Expect bespoke Bentleys from world-famous Bob Petersen Engineering, vintage Rolls Royces, Bugattis and Lagondas. Plus classic Porsches and Jaguars – and even Hillman Imps – will all be making an appearance at the show, in aid of Gloucestershire children’s charity Pied Piper.
Owners will be vying for the coveted Fenton Cup – named after Tom Fenton, previous owner of Highnam Court – judged by BBC and freelance motoring writer Zog Ziegler and Robin Pudsey, a Rolls Royce and Bentley expert.
“We don’t look for the shiniest or cleanest car, or necessarily the one where everything’s perfect,” said Zog, who has been involved with the motor show since it began in 2010.
“No, it’s the one we would most like to steal and drive home in. That’s what I love about this event: cars as diversely weird and wonderful as the people who run them.”
Car clubs like the Cotswold Classic Car Club will be in attendance, as well as motor dealers from across Gloucestershire, at the show on June 7 and 8, sponsored by Malvern Tyres.
“There’s no other show like it,” said Zog. “You can buy your next family motor as you come in, and then you can ramble on to the lawns and look longingly at classic cars you can only dream of.”
Classic car owners are urged to phone the organisers to secure free entry for them and a passenger.
The two-day, family-friendly show includes celebrity cookery demonstrations thanks to Target Catering by England rugby’s Phil Vickery and Bond girl Fiona Fullerton, daily fashion shows with Cream hairdressing of Cheltenham and Gloucester, a Pimm’s tent and beers from Prescott Brewery.
As well as family entertainment, Morris Dancing, a shopping village and engineering zone, visitors can expect sports car rides and the chance to have their photo taken with Fuleco – the 2014 Brazil World Cup mascot.
It’s the only venue Fuleco and the Road to Rio roadshow is visiting this summer as the countdown to the tournament begins.
Zog says the magic recipe is the show’s blend of old and new.
“You don’t even need a fondness for motors to enjoy a full day out here,” he added.
“If the intoxicating perfume of hot engine oil or musty old leather doesn’t crank your starting handle, may I respectfully suggest you discreetly pop your nose up a rose. There are thousands of them here.
“And where else might you see a 1966 Lotus Cortina rubbing wheel arches with a rare British Salmson? It’s everything we love, just a little bit different.”
All proceeds from the show, which is open from 10.30am-5pm both days, goes to Pied Piper, the charity which helps sick and life-limited children across Gloucestershire.
Adults cost £7.50, five to 16-year-olds £3.50. Visit www.gloucestershiremotorshow.co.uk for details.