Haslemere classic show gears up for its biggest-ever year


Many people will have travelled through Haslemere en route to Goodwood, but few will know that the Surrey town has its own increasingly popular classic car show that has been compared to a "mini pre-66 car park".

The fourth Haslemere Classic Car Show and Tour takes place on Sunday 27 May at Lion Green, Haslemere, Surrey, and will be a day filled with pre-’73 classics and vintage entertainment.

Following previous successful years, the popular event is growing and in 2012 has more space and can accommodate an increased number of cars and stalls.

The show is in two parts – a pre-booked, limited-entry tour around the beautiful local countryside, with a stop at a place of interest, and a free static show on the Green from 12:30pm until 5pm.

The show is open to all pre-1973 vehicles and organisers are hoping to attract a wide selection, from turn of the century veterans to post-war family classics and race machinery plus early-’70s supercars.

Renault 4, second in People's Choice Award in 2011

Pre-registration before Friday 11 May will guarantee a place on the Green, inclusion in the programme and eligibility for the competitions.

There will be two fun awards with prizes: a 'Best Dressed' car and driver and a 'People's Choice' voted by the public, for the car they would most like to take home.

In a bid to develop the vintage feel of the event, organisers will be encouraging visitors to dress up in period style, to accompany the village-green atmosphere with cream teas, music and entertainment, plus children's activities, traditional food and a bar. 

Mike and Jan Mutters in the Stanley Steamer on the 2011 tour

Run as part of the Haslemere Festival, the not-for-profit event is organised by local classic car broker and restorer James Ewing.

While very popular within the community, the show also attracts visitors from all over Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire as well as further afield.

Robert Shepherd's Citroën DS Safari

More information is available online here

Ian and Ann Marshall setting off on the tour in their MGA

Photos: Bohemia Photographic

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