Classics on the Common
Classics on the Common  




Fancy an evening in front of the screen? NOT your TV screen. The BIG SCREEN.

Rotary in Harpenden, in association with Drivein-Movies, invite you to a showing of the film Le Mans '66 at 8.00pm on Thursday 13 August.

You can bring your own Classic to show off as well.


Venue: Drivein-Movies, Hertfordshire County Showground, Dunstable Road, St Albans AL3 7PT. Google maps link


Tickets are £40 for a Premium ticket which is the first three rows (Vehicles must be below 1.6m to purchase these tickets) and standard tickets are £30. Cars are parked on a first come first come basis so the earlier you arrive the closer to the screen you will get!


The organisers, have very kindly donated their VIP experience car as a prize to this showing to Rotary’s Classics on the Common.


This is your chance to view a gripping film, released last year, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and British-born driver Ken Miles. Together they build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966. It stars Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale.

By joining us for the film you'll be helping charities supported by Rotary in Harpenden, which have missed out on so much fundraising this year, and making it an evening to remember. We'd like you to come in your classic or exotic vehicle, but it's not essential! There are only 200 tickets available, so book early to reserve your place.

To buy your tickets please click to this link:




Here's Drivein-Movies' summary of what you need to know about the evening

· Le Mans ’66 (known as Ford v Ferrari in the USA). 152 minutes

· Thursday 13th August 2020

· Film Rated 12A - Security will refuse admission to anyone underage

· Gates open 6:30pm Last Entry is 7:45pm

· Movie begins 8pm

· Ticket Prices (per car not per person)

o Premium Bay £40.00 + Booking fee - Front 3 Rows - Not suitable for any vehicle over 1.6meters high (MPVs, SUV’s, 4x4s, Trucks Vans or any roof racks)

o Standard Bay £30.00 + Booking fee - Cars under 1.6 meters only

o Large Bay £30.00 + Booking fee - All vehicles over 1.6 meters MPVs, SUV’s, 4x4s, Trucks Vans & any roof racks

o Any vehicle with the incorrect ticket type will be automatically moved - we do not accept liability for booking errors as per our terms & conditions on our booking & website

· Sound is provided via a sound bar upon arrival. No tuning in radios

· Food & drink can be ordered Here

· No Smoking/Vaping/E-Cigarettes anywhere on site

· No Dogs allowed

· Male, Female & disabled access bathrooms are on site

· Customers must stay in vehicles unless using the bathroom facilities

· All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable as per our T&Cs on booking

More information on the drive-in movie experience can be found by visiting






A message for Classics enthusiasts

You can still donate


Sadly, we have had to take the unavoidable but necessary decision to cancel Classics on the Common 2020.


We will all miss a wonderful day of fun and fellowship, but the big losers are the charities – children’s, local, national and international - for whom you and others help us to raise significant amounts of money.


Charities benefitting from Classics on the Common in recent times include the Samaritans, Prostate Cancer UK, Keech Children's Hospice, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and MacMillan Cancer Support.


May we make two suggestions?


First, please help us to continue to support these good causes in their time of need by donating perhaps what would have been your entry fee. You can do this by simply clicking  Donate now


Second, do make a note in your diary now for next year’s Classics on the Common: the provisional date is Wednesday 28 July 2021. Let’s try next year to raise a record amount for charity to make up for the disappointment in cancelling this year.

Rotary in Harpenden's                             Classics on the Common 2019

  WEDNESDAY 24th JULY 2019


A hot display on a hot day


With what is coming to be a wonderful sequence of luck, Classics on the Common 2019 basked in glorious sunshine, bringing out large crowds to witness a wide-ranging display of classic and exotic vehicles, at this the 12th annual show to be organised by Rotary in Harpenden and the 26th successive event.

Event manager Richard Young said,

“This is one of the largest one-day classic car events in the UK and it attracts nearly 900 cars and motor cycles. Rotary in Harpenden run it as a community event where classic enthusiasts mix with local families and their children to enjoy a wonderful show and we are also able to raise money for charity.


“I am so very proud of the effort and enthusiasm of everyone involved - the Classics committee, the Rotary members and the army of volunteers – in making this major event happen.


“We are proud to be able to help promote Harpenden and raise its profile. We know that many of the pubs and restaurants rely on this day as a bonus to their businesses and we are grateful for the generosity of everyone who come to Classics on the Common and contribute so generously.


“I would also like to thank Harpenden Council, the police and emergency services for their continuing support and encouragement.”


Charities Benefit Too

In eight short hours we collected close to £19,000 which, added to other donations, amounted to net proceeds of around £33,000. This will be distributed to our four named charities - Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Hertfordshire, Rotary Doctor Bank - and other worthy causes.


Top-Ranking Event

Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive for 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 Berlinetta. Plus 10,000 admiring spectators.


Little wonder that Classics on the Common now ranks as one of the biggest one day events in the classics calendar. 


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.


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Harpenden Town Council

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