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Little Classics News: 28 August 2013

Beaulieu’s simply classics 2013

Beaulieu kick-started it’s motor-fuelled bank holiday weekend with Simply Classics on Sunday 25th August. This popular Simply Rally saw a stunning range of pre-1988 classic vehicles drive into the grounds of the National Motor Museum to create a beautiful display of classic cars.

A number of clubs were in attendance, including the TR Register, Austin Healey Club and the C5Alive Sinclair C5 Owners’ Club, all of them bringing along a fine selection of their cars for visitors to admire.

Motoring artist, Ian Cook, of Popbang Colour, was present at the event, allowing visitors to watch as he created an image of a Volkswagen Golf Mk1. Ian is known for his use of unconventional painting tools, including radio controlled cars, actual car tyres and toy car wheels. He had a number of paintings for sale on his stand with special show offers available.

On the day, visitors to Beaulieu were asked to vote for their favourite vehicle on display in the People’s Choice Awards. The winner was Mark Young of Witchampton, Dorset, with his beautiful cream 1958 Jaguar XK150 SE drop-head coupé. Mark was presented with a Beaulieu Trophy and Autoglym gift pack by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu in an afternoon presentation ceremony on the Beaulieu Arena.

The winner of the special prize draw for advance ticket holders was also announced, with Derek Maxwell of Devizes, Wiltshire, receiving a luxury Fortnum & Mason hamper, containing some wonderful goodies including Dundee cake, shortbread and a selection of teas.

The top 12 vehicles voted for in the awards took part in a cavalcade through the grounds, and were followed by a parade of ten quirky Sinclair C5s that provided great entertainment for visitors as they whizzed through the parkland almost soundlessly.

Simply Classics is part of a whole series of Simply rallies, covering a range of makes, models and themes, run and organised by the Beaulieu Events Team.

The provisional date for next year’s Simply Classics event is Sunday 24th August 2014. For updates and information, please visit


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