Concours de l’Ordinaire selection announced for 2024 Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional


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.

  1. Leigh Davis – Alfa Romeo 145 1.6 Boxer
  2. Martin Lawson – Audi 80
  3. Colin Corke – Austin Mini Metro
  4. Antony Buckley – BMW 316 E30
  5. Lewis Dickson – Citroen Visa Champagne
  6. Christopher Lloyd – Daewoo Lanos
  7. Grant Kelso – Daihatsu Charade
  8. Leif Hansen – Datsun 280C Estate
  9. Callum Bailey – Fiat Brava
  10. Damien Brannigan – Fiat Panda
  11. James Gillard – Fiat Punto
  12. Jean-Luc Cartwright  – Fiat Uno
  13. Stephen Ransome – Ford Cortina
  14. Andy Curtis – Ford Escort
  15. Steven Marshall – Ford Escort L Estate
  16. Warren Grove – Ford Fiesta
  17. Catharine Bird – Ford Fiesta Freestyle 1.4
  18. Joel Willis – Ford Ka
  19. Kris Ray – Hyundai Lantra
  20. Pete Marshall – Lada 2102 Estate
  21. Michael Dickens -Lada Riva
  22. Andy Collins – Lancia Beta
  23. John Hart – Lancia Zeta
  24. Simon Monks – Mercedes-Benz 190E 1.8
  25. James Green – Nissan Bluebird
  26. David Williams – Nissan Laurel Estate
  27. Luca Alpert – Nissan Primera
  28. Meru Richardson – Peugeot 106
  29. Brent Markham – Peugeot 309
  30. Carl Fravigar – Peugeot 309
  31. Matthew Eade – Peugeot 505 SR
  32. Daniel Pacey – Reliant Robin
  33. Amy Jaine – Renault Clio
  34. Glynn Jones – Renault Clio Oasis
  35. Chris Williams – Renault Twingo
  36. David Poulter – Rover 418
  37. Dane Smith – Rover 100
  38. Peter Burrowes – Simca 1000 Special
  39. Julian Pearson – Simca 1100
  40. Martin Whalley – Subaru Justy
  41. Andrew Sutton – Toyota Carina
  42. Mitch Lewis – Toyota Hilux
  43. Callum Parry – Triumph Acclaim
  44. Andrew Burford – Triumph Toledo
  45. John Corbett – Vauxhall Corsa Merit
  46. James Wilkinson – Vauxhall Corsa LS
  47. Jack Sydee – Vauxhall Nova
  48. Neville Wright – Vauxhall Nova Saloon
  49. Graham Silverton – Volvo 145
  50. 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 MisfortuneA quiz in which contestants spin a giant wheeltrim to decide what category of car expert question they have to answer.
  • Chod Swap ShopA 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 recordingAn 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.

For more information on the 2024 Festival of the Unexceptional click here.

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