Entries invited for 2021 Festival of the Unexceptional

Owners of marvellously mundane vehicles built between 1966 and 1996 are invited to register for the Concours de l’Ordinaire.


The 2021 Festival of the Unexceptional will be held on Saturday 21 July at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. This follows last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic.

Once again, the Concours de l’Ordinaire is open to vehicles built between 1966 and 1996, but places on the coveted lawn are limited. Owners have until 31 May 2021 to register for the concours event, so be quick if you think your motor is mundane enough to impress the panel.

Ticket information for anyone not entering the concours event will be released soon. The general car park is likely to be just as interesting as the main event. It’s where you’ll find the Classic.Retro.Modern. editorial team. Jona Lewie likes kitchens, we like car parks.

And lay-bys, which sounds a little bit seedy. Trust us, our interest in roadside stopovers is totally innocent. Just add tea from a Thermos flask and the smell of an ’80s classic.

Anyway, back to the Festival of the Unexceptional. The event showcases the ordinary cars of the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ’90s. Metros over Maseratis. Fiestas over Ferraris. Protons over Porsches. Penzas over Paganis. It would be joyful to see a Sao Penza at Grimsthorpe Castle.

Actually, it would be joyous to see a Sao Penza anywhere. Wouldn’t it? Hello… is this thing on?

Our first issue will be on newsstands by the time the Festival of the Unexceptional rolls around. In fact, we’ll be well on the way to the second issue. We’ll be loitering in the car park looking for feature cars and speaking to owners. Come and say hi – we’re good people, despite that thing about lay-bys.

Click here to register for the Concours de l’Ordinaire. See you there.


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