Throwback Thursday: Beaulieu’s Forgotten Favourites

We take a trip down memory lane to visit Beaulieu’s Forgotten Favourites held on the 5th and 6th of September, and celebrate once-common classics of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties.

Bringing back memories of family holidays, driving lessons, baking hot vinyl seats and beige colour schemes will be the long-lost first cars, family wagons, rarely-seen saloons and historic hatchbacks that are invited to join the nostalgia-fuelled display.

Honouring the cars that have disappeared from Britain’s roads and are now highly prized by enthusiasts, all manner of pre-booked classics from 1960-1990 are invited to join Forgotten Favourites at the event in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

For event-goers, modern classics are sure to be well represented – especially with the Austin Metro and Fiat Panda both reaching their 40th birthdays in 2020. These pint-sized hatchbacks are welcome to drive into the diverse display.

Owners who would like to take part with their 1960-1990 classic vehicles should get in touch with the Beaulieu events team to be considered – places are limited and show entry is free for vehicles that are accepted. Successful owners will receive a pair of three-day entry wristbands for International Autojumble, an unmissable date on the classic car calendar to find rare parts and automobilia bargains on over 2,000 stands.

From the Vauxhall Chevette, Renault 16, Austin Allegro and Datsun Bluebird, to the Volkswagen Polo, Citroen CX, Triumph Toledo and Volvo 240, not to mention the scarcely-seen DAF 66, Talbot Samba and Fiat 131 . . . all examples are welcome. To apply to take part in Forgotten Favourites see

Early one-day and two-day visitor tickets are available, with a limited number of premium tickets giving entry to the showground an hour before the event opens to the public, as well as priority parking. Tickets can be bought in advance online, with discounts for those bought by 5pm on August 27th. For tickets and details see Event tickets include entry to the whole attraction, including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu home of Palace House, Secret Army exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens. Also new from March 15th is the adventurous new play area Little Beaulieu, for family fun all together.


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