The Cartier Style et Luxe concours de élégance at the Goodwin Speed Festival may bring out the world’s most cherished and refined gems, but what about the unloved ordinary cars that have almost disappeared form Britain’s roads, like the Austin Allegro? There are fewer Allegros registered in the UK (166) than Ferrari 308GTBs, so the organizers of The Festival of the Unexceptional have targeted it and other cars of the 70s and 80s as the prime candidates for their car show. Sounds like our Brit CC agent Roger Carr needs to put this one on his agenda (July 26, Whittlebury). What other unexceptional cars are expected?
The Morris Marina, of course. Only 22(!) remain registered in the UK. Along with the Hillman Hunter/Avenger, Vauxhall Viva, Ford Granada, Austin 1100 and Metro and Opel Manta. Ok; these are just some examples being held out to entice potential comers. There will (hopefully) be plenty of more mundane cars that will undoubtedly instill waves of nostalgia in attendees. Registration is already closed, due to the strong response. The idea is excellent; maybe it’s time to start a Curbside Classic Concours? I could invite half of Eugene.