Sunday 26 May 2019 - Lion Green

2018 Show report - Luckily the sun shone down on the 10th Haslemere Classic Car Show

If you had seen the weather forecast for Sunday 27 May you would have thought that any event would have to been cancelled… well the people of Haslemere must all have been good, as despite the terrible predicted storms, the sun shone down on Lion Green and the 10th Classic Car show took place under glorious blue skies without a drop of rain.

Unfortunately we did lose a few of the 230 pre-booked cars, as the weather elsewhere wasn’t as kind but the Green still had around 200 beautiful pre-1978 classics and over 50 quality stalls selling craft work, local produce, art and a great selection of food and drink including Haslewey who laid on cream teas, which were enjoyed by many while being entertained in the sunshine by George’s Coastline Jazz Band.

The day started for 90 of our entrants with breakfast before they set off on a tour, heading South of the town to Midhurst and then through Selham, Graffham and Fittleworth for a stop at the Stag Inn, Balls Cross where new landlords Jane & Mark Squire made them very welcome with coffee and biscuits before they continued via Wisborough Green, Alford and Shillinglee back to Lion Green.

The cars made a wonderful display covering nearly 100 years of motoring, with cars of all eras, styles and sizes from the smallest microcar to huge American cruisers. Many had been in families for years while others were new acquisitions but all are their owners pride and joy and we thank them for bringing them out and sharing them and their stories.

Crews are encouraged to dress in period to match their vehicles and Adrian Hardwick of Keats Estate and Letting Agents, the shows supporters, judged the entrants and choose the worthy winners. After some discussion the ‘style' award  went to Dr David Nancekievill from Haslemere with his immaculate prize winning Daimler V8 250, beautifully attired wife Janet and some amazing period accessories. Runners up were Alec Fry from Midhurst in an Austin A30 and Ivor Tanner from Ifold in a Riley 1.5.

Adrian said: "It was fantastic for Keats to be a part of this special 10th anniversary event which was enjoyed by so many classic car enthusiasts and visitors to Lion Green. As judge of ‘the best dressed car and crew’ I enjoyed meeting all of the crews and finding out about their outfits and there were some amazing stories as to why they became the proud owners of their cars. It was a very close fought contest and tough to judge, but Dr David Nancekievill  had to be the winner as the attention to detail both on the Daimler V8 250 car and his period dress was incredible. The whole day was about people having fun and admiring what is often hidden behind garage doors!

There is also a ‘People’s Choice’ competition where show visitors vote for the car they would most like to take home. The overwhelming winner was Dave Melton from Haslemere in his newly restored Daimler Dart SP250 MK1, the Dart has gone from a total wreck to show  standard in under a year and Dave has had the show as a target throughout the restoration. Dave won a day at Brooklands Museum with a guided tour from the outreach team. Runners up were Stewart Copps from Portsmouth in an MG PA which has undergone a family restoration over 50 years and Gary Bartlett from Winchester in his Immaculate Ford Capri MK1 1600GT

The HCCS is very popular within the local community and attracts visitors from all over Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire as well as further afield. The show raises funds for the Haslemere Festival and is organised by local classic car restorer and broker James Ewing, who said: It never ceases to amaze me that the quality of the cars and enthusiasm for the show continues to grow. The stalls were of a particularly high standard and of course the weather was glorious. Thank you to all who helped out on the day and to everyone for coming. See you next year…

2018 The winners

Winner Best Dressed - Dr David Nancekievill, Daimler V8 250

Runners-up - Ivor Tanner (left) and Alec Fry

Best Dressed Car & Crew runners-up and winner

People's Choice winner Dave Melton, Daimler Dart 250 (right) with runner-up Stewart Copps MG PA

Video of cars arriving and leaving the show from Mike Barnett


10 great years...

" In 2009, I was invited by the Haslemere Festival to assemble a group of Classic Cars to display at the Donkey Derby, I ended up with about 40… ten years later this had grown to well over 200 vehicles as seen on Lion Green in 2018.

We now attract cars and traders from a wide area and with support from the Festival and sponsors we have been able to achieve a ‘vintage’ fete where arts and crafts meets farmers market, while the focus remains on classics spanning several generations.

Each year we seem to go from strength to strength with  Lion Green bulging with classic cars, crowds and cake in the afternoon!

It’s fantastic to see so many people enjoying the cars while relaxing in the sunshine listening to jazz, we’ve been able to provide free entertainment for the people of Haslemere while still raising money for the Haslemere Festival and helping to fund other events in the local community."

James Ewing


The Haslemere Classic Car Show and Tour has been running since 2009 and has attracted a great variety of classics from the turn of the 20th century to the early seventies, including most of the major marques and a number of more unusual and rare vehicles.

Each year we seem to attract a bigger audience coming from all over the South East of England. Over the years the tour has covered many miles through the beautiful local countryside surrounding the town. More and more of our entrants are dressing to ‘match’ their cars and taking place in our ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘People’s Choice’ competitions.

Past Years Hall of Fame

People’s Choice

2018 - David Melton, Daimler Dart 250

2017 - David & Jan Jeffcoat, Sunbeam 25HP

2016 - Gary Bartlett, 1972 Ford Capri MK1

2015 - Gary and Sally Collins, 1967 Volkswagen Splitscreen Campervan

2014 - Rod Ayres, Triumph Stag

2013 - Rod Ayres, Cortina 1600E

2012 - Patrick Markey, Vauxhall Wyvern E

2011 - David Bicknell, 1934 Lagonda Corinthian

2010 - Frank Walton, 1911 Renault

2009 - Phyliss Hewetson Rolls-Royce 20hp tourer


Best Dressed Car and Crew

2018 - Dr David Nancekievill, Daimler V8 250

2017 - David & Jan Jeffcoat, Sunbeam 25HP

2016 - Lisa Costello, BMW Isetta

2015 - Tristan Beard and Amy, 1961 Morris Mini-Minor

2014 - Rigby & Charlotte Andres, Daimler EL24

2013 - Andrea Porter, 1969 VW Beetle

2012 - Ian & Ann Marshall, MGA

2011 - Angela Hume, 1938 Ford Prefect


Special Awards
2015 - Ian Carnell, 1957 Chevrolet Belair and John Hucker, 1965 Corvette Stingray

2014 - Geoff Moss, Ford Cortina 1600GT and Mark Burch, Splitscreen VW camper.

2013 - Nicki Daniels, 1932 Ford Model B Roadster and Martin Carter, 1957 Chevolet Station Wagon

2012 - David Rix and Aaron Brown


HCCS Bake-Off
2016 - Adult, Debbie & Kate Valentine, Kids up
to 8, William Benson, Kids 9-15 Ella Hockham

2015 - Adult, Kate Mew, Kids up to 8, William Austin, Kids 9-15 Alfie Woodrow

2014 - Adult, Sophie Haschka, Kids, Isobel Hunt

2013 - Adult, Rita Clayton, Kids, Nicole Bacon


Haslemere Hogs, Hares and Hounds

The HCCS have been involved in community arts projects in the town for the last three years. Sponsoring and creating 'Road HOG' in 2017 and 'The wind in your Hare - a celebration of classic open top motoring' in 2018. In 2019 we will be involved with the Haslemere Hares Project.

These community initiatives involve many individuals, organisations and business' get involved in creating works of art on an 'animal' form which are then on display around the town. Many are sold/auctioned and tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for charity. The money raised from our Hare has gone to support the ATC who help us so much at the show.


Thanks to Mike Barnett for this great video which really shows the great variety of cars that attend the show.

Another Vlog from Claire , this one from 2016  Maybush Studio

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Photography  © HCCS and James Lynch, Pistonphoto