Classics on the Common
organised by
Rotary in Harpenden

held on
Harpenden Common
Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JF.

Entrance for all
classic vehicles is
opposite the Silver Cup
public house

Classics on the Common
67 High Street


‘Iconic event has gone from strength to strength,’ was said of Classics on the Common in a recent issue of Practical Classics.

Don’t we know it!

Uncertain weather forecasts gave way to our normal mode of bright sunshine which brought out thousands of spectators to Harpenden Common where Rotary in Harpenden had organised a wonderful show of classic and exotic vehicles.

Classics on the Common is a multi-layered event: a showcase for classic cars, a day out for local families enjoying the special and valuable amenity of Harpenden Common and a fund-raising event for charity through which Rotary has raised more than £350,000 over the years. Adding to that are the commercial benefits enjoyed by the businesses in the town.

Austin, Morris, Wolseley, Vauxhall and Riley mixed with a 1926 Sunbeam Tourer, Model A Ford, SS Excalibur Phaeton. American classics like Cadillac, Chevrolet and Chrysler all made a good showing. A phalanx of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys lent serious class to the event. Modern supercars like McLaren, Ferrari and Aston Martin completed the array. We are very lucky to have such a loyal following who bring their cherished vehicles every year.

We continue to encourage local car businesses to have stands at the show and they had a very successful time. Autojumble stands made a first serious appearance and novelty was added with an Isle of Man TT motorcycle simulator.

Liz Jack, the Rotary in Harpenden Event Manager, said,

‘Our owners and exhibitors once again made this 29th running of Classics on the Common a special event 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, involving hours of work and organisation.

‘We would also like to thank Harpenden Town Council and the police for their help and assistance. Our spectators have again been immensely generous and we will be distributing proceeds to Wheathampstead Community Group, St. Luke’s School, Redbourn, Pump Aid and other good causes.’

Gallery 2023

Galley photographs by Steve Collins Photography

Top-Ranking Event

Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive for a day with up to 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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