The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show is the longest-running event of its kind in the UK with an incredible 37 editions under its belt celebrating everything from legendary marques like Jaguar and Rolls-Royce through to nostalgia-filled icons like Rover, Morris Minor and Volvo.
Known and loved by many in the scene for its friendly atmosphere, the intrigue and interest starts the minute you get through the gate with the hundreds of vehicles which pack into the classic car park. The vast array driven in by our enthusiastic visitors creates one of the most impressive collections of privately owned classic cars you’ll see anywhere in the country.
Our loyal car clubs never fail to impress either, and in recent years they’ve turned out in their masses each producing superb exhibitions – usually themed and nearly always made by their own hands. Providing our visitors with endless information about their incredible vehicles, these wonderful mini-communities help to keep the classic car scene alive.
In the spacious halls of the Royal Bath & West there are a wide range of independent traders including specialist suppliers of parts, tools and vintage memorabilia, along with service providers. One of the largest areas is dedicated to a huge indoor autojumble where showgoers lose themselves for hours rummaging around the bargains in search of that rare find.
A more recent addition to the event is the Classic American Car of the Year heat, which sees a winner picked to go through to the final stages of the prestigious competition final held at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.
And, as always, the weekend culminates in the Charterhouse Auction, where there’s always a fantastic line-up of classics waiting to go under the hammer. Visitors are free to browse through the lots on Saturday, with entry on Sunday by catalogue only.
The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show takes place in June at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN.
Kicking off the show season every year, The Footman James Great Western Autojumble on February 11-12 is the biggest and best of its kind in the South West of England.
Attracting thousands of classic vehicle enthusiasts on their journey to restoration completion, the halls of the Royal Bath & West Showground are filled to the rafters with specialist traders, parts suppliers and jumble stands offering missing pieces of restoration and maintenance puzzles at bargain prices.
With hundreds of cars for sale at the event, it’s also the perfect place for visitors to pick up a project! Thousands of cars needing different levels of TLC are available through private sales in the classic car park, or via the Charterhouse Auction room, where viewing is free on Saturday. Whether it’s a first-time project you’re looking for, or you’re ready for something a little more challenging – there’s something for everyone at this event, no matter what your budget.
Loyalty from owners’ clubs across the UK continues, with numerous set to attend and put on a fantastic display. With awards up for grabs along with cash prizes for the most impressive stands, our clubs always make a special effort to wow the crowds with reams of information, welcoming them to get up close and personal to their incredible cars on display.
The Footman James Great Western Autojumble takes place in February at The Royal Bath & West Showground.