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The car festival that celebrates the ordinary

Festival of the Unexceptional winning Morris Marina

A mint 1977 Marina 1.3 Deluxe Estate has been crowned Best in Show at the 2019 Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional.

A record number of visitors attended the sixth annual celebration of automotive averageness which took place on the lawns of the Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire at the weekend.

The Best in Show Marina, owned by Michael Carpenter, was judged to be a true example of base specification, “providing an honest interpretation of seventies family motoring”.

Festival of the Unexceptional winners

Notable runner up was a beautiful 1978 Vauxhall Chevette saloon, once again built in absolute base specification. Current owner Philip Hunt has known the car from new and saved it from being scrapped by the original owner. The Chevette was rescued from the crusher and has been well-loved, and used, ever since.

The 2019 Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional winners

  • Best in Show: 1977 Morris Marina 1.3 Deluxe Estate owned by Michael Carpenter
  • Runner Up: 1978 Chevette E owned by Philip Hunt
  • People’s Choice: 1982 Peugeot 305 SR Estate owned by Simon Gaisford
  • Junior Judges Choice: 1989 Citroen BX 19 DTR owned by Dan Goff
  • Anniversary Class: 1982 Vauxhall Astra GL 1300 owned by David Loasby
  • Feast of the Unexceptional/Best Picnic: Mike and Judith Burkett and their 1979 Colt Sigma GLX

Festival of the Unexceptional

“Hagerty created FOTU six years ago and we now have a sell-out event that attracts guests from around the world,” said  Marcus Atkinson of Hagerty International.

“While we have admiration and passion for all classic car owners and events, FOTU is truly special…more family gathering than sterile show, it brings people together.

“We have no rules, no boundaries and light-hearted judging which makes everyone smile and enjoy the event. Car concours don’t have to be stuffy and boring.

“We thank all those who joined us on the lawns of Claydon and look forward to doing it all over again next year.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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One comment

  1. Absolutely love the idea!

    It’s the “Ordinary” cars that have taken the most people to extraordinary places, both literally and figuratively.

    We’re built on these normal cars, and nothing excites me more than seeing a little Lupo when I’m out and about 😉

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