Thank you for joining us at Classics on the Common this year. Please read these Guidance Notes as they are designed to help you and to maximize the enjoyment of everyone at the event.
Access for Classic Vehicles
Ensure that you arrive with your ticket clearly displayed in the windscreen of your vehicle. Etickets will be checked with a card reader if not printed. Access to the Main Common for those who have paid £17 (including bikes and pre-1930 cars) will be available from 11.30am and NOT before. Access to the Main Common for all other ticket holders will be from 2.00pm and NOT before. If possible, please arrive by 4pm at the latest and do not leave until after 5.30pm. When the Main Common is full, vehicles will be directed to park on the Harpenden Arms triangle.
If you need to come in a substitute vehicle (4-wheel or 2-wheel) it must be a minimum of 25 years old (except motorcycles and scooters) and you must provide full details, including registration number, in advance, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Classics on the Common, 67 High Street, Harpenden AL5 2SL. Do not alter the registration number on your ticket. If the substitute vehicle does not meet the minimum age requirement a spectator car park must be used.
Uneven Ground – a Warning
If your vehicle has limited ground clearance, please be warned the surface of Harpenden Common is uneven in places. This could result in grounding and damage. If practical, you may want to inspect the Common beforehand.
We will install barriers in the road and to the side of the A1081 to improve safety and we would ask that you take extreme care in these areas. The movement of vehicles and traffic control around the Bull Road roundabout will again be controlled by a traffic management company and they will direct traffic to assist pedestrians crossing the A1081 and Bull Road.
Parking for Classic Vehicles
Please park as directed by the marshals and observe the 5 mph speed limit. If you wish to park with friends who are fellow classic vehicle owners, please arrive together. Saving space for later arrivals is not permitted.
To provide more interest, we will have some autojumble stands. One of these will be manned by Rotary and all proceeds will go to the Classics 2023 charities. It would be great if you were able to donate any spare parts and tools that you no longer need. Do bring them on the day and take them to the Rotary stand which will be located near the traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing over Bull Road (between the two parts of the Common). Unsold items will not be returned but can be collected at 7.00pm.
Barbeques and the erection of gazebos are not allowed on the Common.
Sharing information about your Classic Vehicle
Many spectators like to view a classic vehicle’s engine so please consider opening your bonnet. An A4 sheet on the windscreen with a description and the history of your vehicle is also of great interest to the majority of our spectators.
Please drive slowly on the Common, be directed by the marshals as to where to park and watch out for pedestrians and picnickers when manoeuvring your vehicle. There will be a 5 mph speed limit clearly indicated on the Common.
We implore spectators who are able to reach the event on foot, or by using public transport, to do so. Traffic in Harpenden will be very heavy. For more guidance spectators should go to our visitor information page.
Motorcycles and Scooters
All two-wheeled vehicles must enter the Main Common via the main entrance opposite the Silver Cup Public House and will be directed to the Baa Lamb Trees area via a dedicated route immediately on the left. No tickets will be available at the event and any motorcycle or scooter arriving without a ticket will not be admitted unless there are spaces available, in which case motorcycles and scooters will be admitted for a donation of £10. With the permission of the police, there is likely to be “ride out” by motorcycles and scooters.
The free souvenir plaque will be available at the Control Point for each entrant on a first-come, first-served basis but you must produce your ticket. We are indebted to Bennett’s Car Parts for sponsoring the plaques.
As Harpenden Common is common land on which the public can roam freely we encourage spectators to make a voluntary donation for charity. They receive a lapel sticker to show that they have supported us. We appreciate that classic car entrants have already made a contribution and to avoid you being approached again you will be given two lapel stickers when you pick up your plaque from the Control Point. The total raised at our last event in 2022 exceeded £40,000 and we hope to raise a similar amount this year. Our main charities for 2023 will be: Pump Aid, Wheathampstead Community Group and St Luke’s School, Redbourn. A proportion of the funds collected will be allocated to other good causes supported by Rotary in Harpenden.
Chairman, Classics on the Common Committee of Rotary in Harpenden www.classicsonthecommon.com