Can ordinary cars make for an extraordinary concours?

The 2017 Concours de L’Ordinaire has been announced for July 22. — Handout via AFP
The 2017 Concours de L’Ordinaire has been announced for July 22. — Handout via AFP

LONDON, March 17 — Classic car insurance company Hagerty International is staging a car show with a very big difference this summer.

Billed as a festival of the unexceptional, the Concours de L’Ordinàire offers a spectacular UK setting in which to display some of the most unspectacular, yet surprisingly rare cars built between 1966 and 1989.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 22 in the grounds of Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, just a short distance from the legendary Silverstone racing circuit. Admission will be free and the registration books are now officially open for anyone who owns any mass-produced, unexciting car built anywhere in the world between the mid-1960s and late 1980s.

Previous winners of the ultimate Unexceptional award include a concours condition Nissan Cherry Europe and a Morris Marina converted into a pick-up truck and, in keeping with recent tradition, the organisers will also be selecting cars from the event’s visitor carpark that they believe are worth of inclusion in the concours.

“The Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate these unusual classics and to recognise their lasting impact,” said Hagerty managing director, Angus Forsyth. “In the past years, we have met the most marvellous people with exceptional ‘unexceptional’ vehicles, bettered only by the stories that lie in the background of the history of the cars.”

To enter a car for consideration, visit the festival site. — AFP-Relaxnews

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