For a Father’s Day treat Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day is back at Beaulieu on Sunday June 18th 2017 with amazing cars and bikes set against the backdrop of live music and style from the custom scene.
Or make a weekend of it and come to Simply VW on Saturday June 17th and camp with your qualifying vehicle in the grounds of the National Motor Museum for the night, for a two-day celebration. This is the first time the two events have run on the same weekend, for automotive excitement every petrol-head will love.
To start the weekend, Vee Dubs of every type are invited to join Saturday’s Simply VW, where Volkswagen owners and clubs will showcase their cars. It’s a great chance to meet like-minded enthusiasts and show off air-cooled icons such as the Beetle and Karmann Ghia, as well as modern classic including Golfs, Polos, Sciroccos and camper vans at the Breeze Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles-sponsored event.
Then stay overnight with free camping for anyone displaying a VW at Simply VW which also meets the criteria of a pre-1980 classic vehicle for Sunday’s Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day. Or camping is available at £10 for all Simply VW participants who would like to stay for the next day’s show.
The two-day motoring celebration continues with Sunday’s Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day when over 500 hot rods and customised vehicles will offer an amazing display. The event, held in association with classic American car club Solent Renegades, will show all manner of wacky, wonderful and colourful machines. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of these imaginative creations, from stripped-out hot rods and mega-powered monsters to cool customs and ‘slammed’ cruisers.
Returning this year is crowd favourite Hard Up Garage with a dramatic display of flame-throwing hot rods and rat rods as it starts up its unique automotive machines.
If you love two and three-wheelers you will also be spoilt for choice by the multitude of bikes and trikes on display, which range from traditional classics to monster-engine trikes.
All the family will love the great features running throughout the whole weekend. A two-day Vintage Village by Bows & Braces will be packed with nostalgic collectables, records, jewellery, luggage, kitchenware and retro clothing from the 1920s to the 1980s. Visitors can enter the spirit of both shows by dressing in vintage clothing, with prizes for the best dressed individuals, families or groups and camper van. If you’d like help to perfect your look, you can book a make-over by emailing the event salon at [email protected].
On both days, refreshments will be served in the Vintage Tea Tent and entertainment will include acts on the main stage as well as 1940s-style swing with Company B UK and Jitterbug Jive dance demonstrations to join in with.
You can also head into the National Motor Museum to see our new Automotive Steampunk exhibits with imaginative costumes created by Arts University Bournemouth students to complement some of the most iconic vehicles in the collection, as part of the Keep Calm and STEAM Ahead project supported by the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund. There will also be steampunk storytelling for younger children in the Corporate Marquee.
During both shows, visitors can vote for their favourite vehicles in the People’s Choice Award and the winners will lead a cavalcade of the most popular cars through the attraction grounds each afternoon. The winners will be presented with a Beaulieu trophy and an Autoglym car care prize package.
If you own a relevant vehicle and would like to join either show, email details of your car or bike for consideration by the events team at [email protected] or call 01590 614614. Camping must be booked in advance.
Tickets can be bought in advance online or on the door. For participant and visitor tickets and opening times for both events see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.
Included in the events admission is access to all of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum and its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House – which has been home to the Montagu family since 1538 – and its stunning grounds and gardens.