That's right, we're giving you and your beloved classic the chance to step into the limelight at The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel, on 23 and 24 June at Bicester Heritage.
Our two new concours competitions give readers' cars the chance to shine, either in the Classic & Sports Car People's Concours or the Flywheel Concours.
We'd love you to join in and be part of these exciting additions to our show!
So if you think your classic car is ready for its moment in the spotlight, read on.
The Classic & Sports Car People's Concours
Ahead of the weekend, the many car clubs attending will be invited to nominate one club ‘champion’ per day of the event to join the special People’s Concours display, in the heart of the showfield.
C&SC will reward the finest privately owned classic – the People’s Champion – with the David Evans Trophy, named in tribute to our long-serving and much-missed car clubs liaison and organiser of the annual C&SC Club Awards at the NEC Classic Motor Show.
But it's not us choosing the winners, it's you! Ballot boxes will be provided for visitors to cast their votes on the day, while followers of the Show’s social media networks – including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – will also be able to vote for their favourites using the dedicated hashtag, #PeoplesConcours.
Owners of nominated cars will be asked to provide a photo of their classic so we can reveal them on our social media channels ahead of the event.
The rules? No trailer queens! All entrants must be driven to the Show – and they will need to be available to join our main display for the whole day.
It’s the ultimate democratic concours and a fantastic way for everyone to get involved – so be sure to have your say.
Entrants to the People's Concours can only be nominated by the organisers of the clubs they are attending with, so if your club isn’t registered yet, have a chat to your club officials, then send them here to sign up. Who knows, they might choose your car for the concours…
In the Flywheel Concours, cars will compete in six themed classes and owners of eligible cars can nominate their vehicles for inclusion in this inaugural event.
The six classes of the Flywheel Concours are:
- The Dawn of the Supercar
- Movie Star Cars
- British Leyland
- Classic Rally Cars
- Stars of the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show
And these will be curated by experienced classic motoring and motorsport consultant and writer Gary Axon.
No concours is complete without a display of the legendary supercars that were plastered on children's bedroom walls in the ’60s and ’70s, and we celebrate these with our 'The Dawn of the Supercar' category.
We're thinking the game-changing Lamborghini Miura, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’, the original Lotus Esprit S1, the Iso Grifo, the Maserati Bora, the Aston Martin V8 and others. With such exotica in prospect, we're salivating already.
The 'Movie Star Cars' class does what it says on the tin – it's for cars that have starred on the silver screen, or are highly accurate facsimiles of movie motoring greats.
So if you're lucky enough to own something like a Bullitt Mustang GT390, a Harry Potter Anglia 105E, an Italian Job Mini, or a Herbie The Love Bug VW Beetle, this is for you.
Another surely self-explanatory concours class that we anticipate will be hotly contested is the 'British Leyland' division. As it's 50 years since British Motor Holdings merged with the Leyland Motor Company to form British Leyland, here we champion the best of BL.
We're seeking the finest – and more unusual – models from MG, Triumph, Jaguar, Austin-Healey, Rover, Daimler, Austin, Morris, Wolseley and others. Is your car ready to go for glory?
Or maybe your pride and joy is eligible for the 'Gassers' class?
These street-legal 1960s drag-racing cars ran on pump fuel – hence the name – and to improve the launch, racers would lift the car to throw weight over the rear wheels, creating a unique look. And, as a bonus, weather-permitting, we'll have demos from these awe-inspiring vintage drag-racers across the weekend.
Loose-surface heroes will move from special stage to centre stage in the 'Classic Rally Cars' category of the Flywheel Concours. We're talking pre-’76 rally cars such as the Lancia Fulvia, Sunbeam Alpine, Mini Cooper, Ford Escort and Saab 96.
Last, but definitely not least, is the 'Stars of the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show' concours class. This 70th anniversary concours is for cars launched in 1948. Owners of models including the Land-Rover 88, Jaguar XK120 and MkV, Porsche 356, Morris Minor, Citroën 2CV, Aston Martin 2-Litre and Bristol 401 are therefore invited to nominate them for selection.
If you want to get involved and you are lucky enough to own a car potentially suitable for one of the Flywheel Concours classes, email Gary Axon.
And if you've not got your tickets for the show buy them here!