Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional
Date14 Jul 2018
Event TypeShow / Conference (Cars)
LocationStowe House, Buckingham
CountryUnited Kingdom
ContactName : Marcus Atkinson
Tel : 0333 323 0989
Notes> On Saturday 14 July 2018 leading classic vehicle insurance specialists Hagerty will stage the fifth edition of its pioneering Festival of the Unexceptional Concours d’Ordinaire, for exceptionally ordinary - but now very rare - classic vehicles
> For the second year running, the stunning grounds of Stowe House, Buckingham, will be the scenic venue for this year’s Festival of the Unexceptional.
> Free-of-charge entries now open on-line for any suitable 1966-1990 ‘ordinary’ vehicle participants to be considered, with a limited number of free public admission also available, but already going fast
> The expertly-selected 45 ‘official’ unexceptional entries for 2018 will be joined a handful of extraordinarily ordinary vehicles hand-picked from the visitor’s car park and invited to join the main concours participants on the Stowe display lawn
> To mark the fifth anniversary of the pioneering Hagerty event - the first of its kind in Europe - a handful of the winners and ‘people’s choice’ cars from previous years will also be exhibited, as will a few manufacturers’ classic vehicles, in a special Fifth Anniversary display
The light-hearted ‘Hagerty Feast of the Unexceptional’ will return with participants again encouraged to pack a period picnic, with food and drink reflecting the era of their car.

The 2018 Festival of the Unexceptional Concours d’Ordinaire - being staged by leading classic vehicle insurance specialists, Hagerty – will be held for the fifth year in succession on Saturday 14 July.

Originally staged by Hagerty in 2014 as the first event of its kind in Europe – to celebrate the ordinary, everyday cars that we all grew-up with, but have now all but disappeared – the light-hearted Festival of the Unexceptional (FOTU) has already become a must-attend event for the admirers of the mundane motor cars of our past; the Marinas, Metros, Chevettes, Hunters, Allegros, Corollas and so on, achieving cult status in less than five years.

For 2018, the location for this unique and fun Hagerty event is the stunning surroundings of Stowe House, Buckingham, next to the Silverstone motor circuit. Stowe House has been chosen as a marked contrast to the vehicles that will be participating in this year’s Festival, with the splendor of its Capability Brown gardens at this former home of the Duke of Buckingham. These spectacular surroundings will perfectly set off the annual Hagerty concours, which celebrates the much maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Once again, Hagerty’s annual Concours d’Elégance will be free to attend and open to classic cars and light commercial vehicles from across the globe that were built between 1966 to 1990. Rare cars already entered for consideration for the 2018 FOTU include a rare Volkswagen 412 and base three-door Golf Mark I, a Volvo 66 DL, Citroen GS X1 and Fiat Strada. Any owner of a suitably mundane but interesting ‘unexceptional’ 1966-1989 vehicle can register it for consideration and potential participation by 28 May at the latest, using the following link; Free public admission tickets can also be applied for at the same web address, although these are already being snapped-up very quickly.

Prior winners of the much-prized Unexceptional award will be invited to return to FOTU for July’s fifth anniversary event. Past winners have included an immaculate and rare Nissan Cherry Europe, a Morris Marina pick-up, a crowd-pleasing Hillman Avenger Super Estate., plus as as-new 1983 Datsun Sunny 1.5 SGL. These previous victors, along with the past People’s Choice winners, will be displayed in a special area at Stowe House, along with a handful of suitable manufacturers classic cars, joining the event in the Invitation Class.

The 2018 event will also see the return of Hagerty’s Feast of the Unexceptional, the period picnic equivalent of the mundane automotive display. All participants are encouraged to bring out the Battenberg cake, Curly Wurly bars, cheese and pineapple on sticks and, of course, the obligatory bottle of Babychamp!

Angus Forsyth, Hagerty’s Managing Director said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Festival of the Unexceptional for the fifth year running! The grounds at Stowe House are spectacular and add to the enjoyment of this terrific and unique motoring event. In the past years, we have met the most marvelous people with exceptional ‘unexceptional’ vehicles, bettered only by the stories that lie in the background of the history of the cars. The Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate these unusual classics and to recognise their lasting impact.”

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For further information:

Hagerty International

+44 (0) 333 323 0989

Gary Axon
+44 (0) 7884 737 652

About the Festival of the Unexceptional

Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional is a classic car show concept utterly unique in the UK that for the past five years has successfully showcased the best examples of some of the most mundane cars ever built. Managing Director Angus Forsyth states “there is no shortage in the UK of car shows and Concours d’Elégance that showcase the best examples of some of the best cars ever. While Aston Martin DB5s and Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts can be rather common at these events, just try spotting an Austin Montego or a Morris Marina on the show field. For that matter, you won’t even find them in the car park.” This year’s Festival of the Unexceptional will be held on 14 July 2018 at Stowe House, Stowe School, Bucks, MK18 5EH.

About Hagerty

Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. The UK-based subsidiary, Hagerty International, was established in 2006 to cater for the parallel market sector in the UK and Europe, and now offers a bespoke portfolio of insurance products, underwritten by Hiscox and Axa Assistance.

For more information, call the UK office on 0333 323 0989 or visit or call the USA office on (800) 922-4050.