Back to our normal slot at the end of July, the 28th Classics on the Common, organised by Rotary in Harpenden, drew crowds in their thousands to see a spectacular array of more than 1000 classic cars, scooters and motorbikes.
The two most spectacular exhibits came from the USA: a Sherman tank – the largest vehicle we’ve ever had – and a 1904 Crestmobile from Massachusetts which, back then, you could have bought for $750. There was a huge range of vehicles of all ages, many of them pictured below.
Seen primarily as a major event for the Harpenden community, where classic car enthusiasts mix with local families and their children to enjoy a wonderful afternoon out, the show also promotes Harpenden and gives a lift to local catering businesses. Above all, it raises money for charity through the exhibitors and stall holders, who give a donation to attend, and the big-heartedness of the spectators.
Event manager Liz Jack said:
“What a fabulous day, helped by the good weather and so many visitors. I am very proud of the effort and enthusiasm of the Classics Committee, all our members and the army of volunteers who made it happen.
Rotary in Harpenden are once again grateful to the people of Harpenden for their wonderful generosity, as will be the charities benefiting. We would also like to thank Harpenden Town Council, the police and emergency services for their continuing support.”
It will be some time before we know how much the show has raised for charity but early indications suggest that it could again be more than £30,000. The main beneficiaries this year are Home-Start Hertfordshire, the local branch of The Samaritans, Global Sight Solutions and a Malawi Water and Sanitation Project.
Photographs by Steve Collins, Harpenden Photographic Society
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 a 1959 Berlinetta. Plus thousands of admiring spectators.
Little wonder Classics on the Common, one of Britain’s biggest mid-week classic car shows, ranks among the top events of the classics calendar.
Watch the Classics on the Common VIDEO
Treat yourself to a fascinating 13 minutes watching hundreds of yesteryear’s classic vehicles – cars, motorbikes, and scooters – assemble on Harpenden Common for the annual Classics on the Common show.
Take in the pride and dedication of the owners, the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the spectators and appreciate the many roles played by Rotary in Harpenden members and others in making the event happen.
The organisers, Rotary in Harpenden, thank all who support the event so generously
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