Records fall at National Motor Museum’s autojumble

| 23 May 2013

Record-breaking numbers of enthusiasts flocked to Beaulieu’s 18-19 May Spring Autojumble.

The 16,507 people that attended the event beat the previous record of 15,324, which was set at the inaugural gathering in 1994.

As ever, the weekend promised a treasure trove of parts, with bits covering everything from the rarest classics to more abundant Youngtimers.

The Best Stand Trophy went to Mike Rowell’s stall, Classic Cars Spares, which offered new and second-hand car parts, workshop manuals, engines, gearboxes and axles.

Rowell, who has a vehicle recovery and scrap business based in Southampton, has been attending the event for the past 13 years.

The 1069 stands open for business represented another ‘best’ for Beaulieu, which also mustered 37 club displays.

The Dorset Branch of the Morris Minor Owners’ Club was the biggest, though, as it celebrated the marque’s centenary, bringing with it more than 200 cars from a 1913 Bullnose Morris Oxford to a 1983 Ital. All owners received an engraved travel clock to mark the occasion.

The Imp Club also impressed as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. Its members received a commemorative mug for their efforts.

Cars on sale at the Motormart ranged from a £1750 barn-find 1953 Wolseley Four Forty to a £30k 1997 Maroon Bentley 400RT LWB.

A 1951 Lagonda 2.6 DHC, which had been stored since 1966 and carried an ‘open to offers’ tag, shared space with a mint-condition example selling for £30,000.  

Sunday brought with it the Walkabout Auction and an opportunity for traders to sell off surplus stock for a fee of just £1. Lots went for anything from the entry fee up to a solid £90, with books and prints, car parts, lights and a vintage bicycle changing hands.

This year’s International Autojumble is on 7-8 September, while next year’s spring event will be on 17-18 May.

To find out more visit Beaulieu’s website or follow the venue on Twitter at @Beaulieu_Hants.