For all you petrol heads, the Historic and Classic Car Display section of the Show is well worth a visit. Come and see Edwardian, Vintage, Post Vintage, Thoroughbred and Classic Cars all displayed together. From the large four seater open touring cars of the 1930s along with the graceful lines of the fixed head coupe and luxury saloons to the more humble, but still greatly loved, smaller family cars of the 1950s and 60s.
There are open top sports cars and several vintage motorcycles from across the world including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and USA, not forgetting of course, the once flourishing motor industry in Great Britain. Over the two days there will be around 120 different historic vehicles, all classics in their own right and all looking their best, thanks to the love and devotion of their owners.
The Ardenrun Showground is strongly associated with motor cars and in particular the grand sporting cars of the 1930s, especially Bentley. For it was here that the great Woolf Barnato, a three times winner of the classic Les Vingt-Quatre Heures du Mans endurance race driving a Bentley, had his country estate. Barnato went on to become Managing Director of Bentley Motors.
The Historic and Classic Car paddock can be found on the Western corner near the Fairground and adjacent to the Agricultural Tractors and Machinery Display which ranges from tractors to stationary engines, some of which have been restored and some in the “as found” state. In 2012 the display, put on by The South Eastern Vintage Agricultural Club , which was sponsored by Coppard Plant Hire, won the coveted Winston Churchill Memorial trophy for the best exhibit in the Show. The club was formed in 1990 to preserve and restore machinery of yesteryear and learn more about the history of agricultural and horticultural equipment with events throughout the year including the Annual Ploughing Match in September. The static working machines including a Threshing Drum and Massey-Harris Binder make an impressive sight for visitors who can talk with specialists who look after the machinery. The parade of vintage tractors and other machinery is always a very popular feature in the main ring on the second day of the Show.