Classics on the Common
Classics on the Common

Classics shower the common

A dull dank day did not stop thousands of spectators pouring on to Harpenden Common for Classics on the Common 2017, organised by Rotary in Harpenden.


This year, to help relieve some of the congestion of previous years, cars were allowed to arrive from 11am. Harpenden Town Council and the police were very supportive and around 400 owners took advantage of the offer.


A Stanley Steamer from 1916, the 1924 Rolls Royce Ghost and an Austin 7 Chummy were among the nearly 900 vehicles that rolled on to the common for the show.


Throughout the day an electric TESLA X gave us a cabaret, flapping her wings to music and attracting huge attention. A Nissan Leaf was also a crowd puller.


Richard Young, the Rotary in Harpenden event manager, said,


‘Despite the damp conditions, our owners and exhibitors once again made this a special event, one that is so close to the hearts of Harpenden people. May I thank most sincerely all the volunteers who put so much into making it a success. I would also like to thank Harpenden Town Council and the police for their help in allowing early entry on to the common. It really made a difference.


‘Our spectators were immensely generous: we will be distributing the proceeds to Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans, Prostate Cancer UK, Hope & Homes for Children, Herts Young Homeless and other good causes.’

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.

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Classics on the Common

67 High Street,


Hertfordshire AL5 2SL

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Rotary in Harpenden CIO

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


Sponsored by

Harpenden Town Council

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