Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional 2019

If you’ve had your fill of supercars, multi-million dollar classics and influencers, the Festival of the Unexceptional is a real tonic.

For 2019, the event will move to the Claydon Estate, where everything from Marinas to Metros and Chevettes to Corollas will line up to compete in the Concours de l’Ordinaire. McLarens and Corvettes need not apply.

The event, to take place on 20 July, will be free to attend and open to classic cars and light commercial vehicles from across the globe that were built between 1966 and 1996. This year, a 1977 Chrysler Alpine trundled away with the award for ‘Best of Show at FOTU.

Yes, FOTU is a thing. Well, it’s better than GIMS and FOS.

Owners of mundane but interesting ‘unexceptional’ vehicles of the appropriate age will be able to register for consideration and potential participation between 1 January and 31 May 2019 using a link that will go live in the new year.

Free admission tickets are limited to 600 on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional 400 tickets can then be purchased for £5.00 each.

Ooh, fashion. Beep-beep

Citroen AX GTI

Participants will be encouraged to dress in period fashions, such as flared plaid trousers and skirts, bell bottoms and so on. Sponsors Hagerty will award a prize to the best-dressed individual. Time to dig out the Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes DVDs for inspiration?

Angus Forsyth, Hagerty’s managing director said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Festival of the Unexceptional at the fabulous new venue of the Claydon Estate. The grounds are spectacular and the imposing Claydon House will add to the majesty of the event and enhance everyone’s enjoyment of this terrific and unique motoring event.

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