Huge range of classics to amass at Blenheim Palace

| 2 May 2013

More than 200 cars are expected to set off from Gaydon for this year’s Heritage Rally on 23 June.

Jaguars, MGs, Triumphs and many more will embark on a leisurely run from the Heritage Motor Centre and through the north Cotswolds en route to the Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Vehicles will return to the HMC via an alternative route, where prizes will be awarded for The Heritage Family Car, The Car of the Event and Spirit of the Event.

Chris Wilkinson, senior partner at Heritage Insurance – the rally’s sponsor – hopes to have his 1960 Jaguar XK140 back on the road in time for the event.

He said: “The lovely thing about rallies such as this is that they attract such a varied collection of classic cars, all loved and appreciated by their owners.

“They love taking their marque out on the open road and sharing the experience with like-minded people.”

The rally is open to all cars aged 20 or over and entry is priced at £49, which includes tulip route maps, a rally plate, a windscreen sticker, a picnic for two, plus entry into the HMC and the grounds of Blenheim Palace Park.

Tickets to access the Palace and its formal gardens can be bought on the day.

John Bishop, from the HMC, said: “There is no time element involved so this is more of a fun event or a taster for a more ambitious adventure in the future. No skill is required and any road-legal car [as long as it’s old enough] can take part.”

For more information call Bishop on 01926 645032 or e-mail