25 07 2016


Jonathan Papworth, a Cambridgeshire potato farmer, today surprised the field by scooping the top award at Hagerty's unique Festival of the Unexceptional classic car event.

Mr Papworth's immaculate 1980 Morris Marina pickup, still used regularly, stole the show, beating a host of cars from the bygone era of the '70s and '80s.

The event, organised by leading classic car insurance company Hagerty, is now in its third year. It is a celebration of the 'standard' cars of yesteryear- the saloons, hatchbacks and estate cars built in the British Leyland era of 1968 to 1986; the cars that were on everyone's driveway but are now very rare.

Second place went to David Wilson's 1979 Volkswagen Golf L, and the People's Choice award was won by a stunning 1968 Hillman Minx estate, brought by James Cook

The show attracted an amazing turnout of 400 cars at Whittlebury Park in Northants, including such rarities as a 1988 Austin Metro Vanden Plas, a 1983 Talbot Samba cabriolet and a 1964 Austin Paralanian camper van. Perfect weather greeted the fifty entrants to the concours event and the hundreds of spectators.

Judging was carried out by a very experienced panel, including Danny Hopkins, editor of Practical Classics magazine, and Nigel Matthews, previously a Pebble Beach concours judge.

Hagerty's MD, Angus Forsyth, said, "We all had another superb day at the Unexceptional. There is such a friendly atmosphere here, and people love sharing the stories of their cars. Unlike some other shows, all the cars here have a cultural link to the visitors: they are the cars their families used to own. Every year, we hear: 'my dad had one of those'!"

Entrant Adrian Fell said, "Despite the heat, this has to be the coolest car show in the country!"