Classics on the Common
Classics on the Common


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Limited  spectator parking available

Wednesday 26th July 2017

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Classics on the Common is on its way. We will celebrate 24 consecutive years, and again Rotary in Harpenden will be the organisers.


Harpenden Town Council will be our main sponsor for the 4th year and we are very grateful for their continuing support for the event.


Booking forms for the event will appear very soon and based on last year's experience, places fill up very quickly. If you have booked before, you should receive an email from the Booking Team, but there will be application forms here on the Application Ticket tab as well.


We are having some changes to the age qualification and entry donations. Look for details on the news page and on the application forms.


In 2016, good weather again, and our through the generosity of our exhibitors, advertisers and trade and industry support and our spectators we had a fantastic result raising £33,000 for charity.


Our main charities for this year are:

Prostate Cancer UK, Hope and Homes for Children, Samaritans (Luton and Harpenden) and Herts Young Homeless.


For the 23rd year crowds spilled in their thousands on to Harpenden Common at the end of July to view the spectacular array of 1200 classic cars, scooters and motorbikes at Classics on the Common. This was the ninth show to be organised by Rotary in Harpenden, the charity arm of Harpenden Village Rotary Club.


Event manager Liz Jack described the event as ‘a truly amazing day. I am so very proud of the effort and enthusiasm of all our members and the army of volunteers who made it happen. This is one of the major events in the classics calendar. But we see it also as a huge event for the local community where some 10,000 happy people and their children can enjoy classic cars in a wonderful setting. It helps to raise the profile of the town and Rotary, as well as substantial funds for charity.’


Last year, in just hours, Rotary in Harpenden raised more than £33,000 for local, children’s, national and international charities. We are hoping this year’s show will have raised a similar figure.


To read the article on this year's Classics on the Common  in Classic and Sports Car Magazine, click on the logo below

Top-Ranking Event

Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive for half a day with more than 1000 classics cars, motor cycles and scooters. There you’ll find a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Matra Bagheera with a1959 Berliet. Plus 10,000 admiring spectators.


Little wonder that Classics on the Common now ranks as one of the top events in the classics calendar.  Charities benefit, too. Last year’s show raised £33,000 for local, national and international charities.

Pre-Booking Essential

To exhibit your classic vehicle, motorcycle or scooter you must book in advance. Your exhibit must be at least 25 years old, unless it is a motor cycle or scooter.  but all vehicles must be pre-booked. Go to NEWS for more details.


The event runs from 2pm till dusk.

Charities Benefit Too

The show raised £33,000 for charity in 2016. The main beneficiaries were Harpenden Mencap, McMillan Cancer Support, Disaster Aid  and Keech Childrens’ Hospce


The organisers, Rotary in Harpenden, thank all who support the event so generously.

The organisers are very grateful to the management of Fairview New Homes Limited for allowing parking facilities on the site of the former Harpenden House Hotel during Classics on the Common this year.

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A few left for bikes

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Contact us:

Classics on the Common

67 High Street,


Hertfordshire AL5 2SL

or use our contact form.

Rotary in Harpenden CIO

is a charitable incorporated organisation, Registered Charity No.1163420.


Sponsored by

Harpenden Town Council

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