The 2011 Footman James Classic Motor and Bike Show in brief

If you didn’t make it to the show, or even if you did, you may have missed some of it, easy to do given the vastness of the event.  So here’s all the post show info, the various car awards with a few facts and figures thrown in as well as a quote from the Show Manager.


Estimated visitor numbers: over 47,000 is a conservative estimate (45,000 in 2010).

Total area covered by the show: 70,000 square metres

Total number of clubs: 230 (190 in 2010)

Total number of cars: 1,400

Total number of bikes: 300

Total number of exhibitors: 576

Total number of trade stands: 346

Total number of Dealers: 32

Total number of media accredited: 428 including European, American, Canadian, Australian and Thai press as well as those from good old Blighty.

Live stage, hosted by TV’s Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China restored a 1972 Mk5 Triumph Spitfire with parts and equipment provided by CES, Rimmer Bros and Strongman.

Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides fundraising: £34,000-36,000

Andy Rouse, Show Manager, said: “2011 has surpassed all our expectations and once again the bar has been raised in terms of the cars, the bikes, and the overall presentation. From seeing the traders in action and business being done at the show, it proves the UK classic motoring movement continues to be buoyant in the current economic climate.

For the fifth year running, TV’s Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China (below) worked tirelessly to entertain the crowds, with the live stage offering standing room only, all day, everyday. We were also delighted with the visitor’s response to the appearance of Carl Fogarty and Frankie Chili in the Classic Motorbike Show, as it continues to develop and grow. 

We’d like to thank visitors, exhibitors, motoring clubs and all involved for their tremendous support and look forward to welcoming everyone back from 16th to 18th November 2012.”

Meguiar’s Club Showcase winner: Bill Donaldson of South Yorkshire with 1966 Austin Healey 3000 Mk3.

Bauer Media’s Classic Car of the Year winner: Howard Rathbone from West Yorkshire with his 1969 Jaguar E Type Series II that he’s owned for 35 years and rebuilt the entire car.

Classic American Car of the Year winner: Gavin Shaw from Farnborough with his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.


Classic & Sports Car Club Awards Winners

Car of the Show: Gifford Wright’s 1935 Singer Le Mans in which Betty Haig won the 1936 Olympic Rally

Club of the Year: MX-5 Owners’ Club

Club Personality of the Year: Steve Guest, Warwickshire and West Midlands regional organiser for the TVR Car Club

The Car that melts the judges’ hearts: Ian Kellett’s Standard Vanguard race transporter and Vanguard Racer

Most interesting selection of cars: Club Peugeot UK

Best Themed Club Stand: Panther Car Club

Best Small Club Stand: Austin Counties Car Club

Best Medium-sized Stand: pre-1940 Triumph Motor Club

Best Large Club Stand: Military Vehicle Trust, Warwickshire, West Midlands and North Staffs areas

Best Club Show/Event: AC Owners’ Club National Weekend

Best Club Run/Rally: De Dion Bouton Club Charles Jarrott Commemoration

Club Magazine of the Year: The Courier, Triumph Sports Six Club

Most Improved Club Magazine: The Tailwagger, Allard Owners’ Club

Best Club Website: JJB and 101 Register (


Classic Motorbike Show Pride of Ownership Awards

Best Pre-1946: Graham Bayley and his 1920 Triumph Junior

Best 1946 – 1959: Glenn Hughes and his 1952 Sunbeam S8

Best 1960 – 1969: Rod Eady and his 1961 Triumph Bonneville

Best 1970+: Richard  Brown and his 1977 Yamaha DT 175

Best British: Phil Ozanne and his 1959 Triumph T110

Best European: John Tickner and his 125 Ducati GP

Best Japanese: Ray Bourne and his 1972 Kawasaki H2A

Best in Show: Phil Osanne and his Triton Café Racer


Did you attend the event, if so, what stood out for you the most?


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