Sunday 26 May 2019 - Lion Green


After 10 years you wouldn’t think the show could get any better… but according to the car owners and public spectators this was probably the best ever...


The 11th Haslemere Classic Car  Show and Tour was held on Sunday 26 May 2019. As in previous years we started the day with our exceptionally popular ‘Tour' - People love to drive their classics and after breakfast on the Green, 90 cars were sent off on a fantastic route, following tulip instructions - pictorial representations of junctions first used on Dutch rallies in the 50’s. Even though it is the eleventh year, we still managed to find some new roads. The Route meandered down to Elsted and then up the old 'Harting Hill Climb', famous in the 1930’s, on to Clanfield and then over the Old Winchester Road which runs along the hill top with spectacular views over the Solent and the Meon Valley. After a refreshment stop at the Hinton Arms at Cheriton the drivers came a more direct route back via Petersfield to join in the show. The route was devised by show organiser James Ewing who regularly navigates on classic European events

The 230 or so cars on display were a spectacular sight filling Lion Green with colour and interest, cars of all eras up to the late 1970’s of all  styles and sizes from the smallest microcar to huge American cruisers. Many were much loved members of the family and others newly acquired ’toys’, we thank all their owners for sharing them and all their stories. Around the Green were around 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 'Best Dressed Car and Crew’ competition produced some wonderful entries with entrants dressed in period to match their vehicles. Haslemere's new Mayor Councillor John Robini was joined by Robyn Patterson, a director of show sponsor REDH's Distillery, as judges. After chatting to the entrants about their wonderful cars and spectacular outfits the judges deliberated and finally agreed that the winners were Phil & Lindy Johnson from Pulborough in their 1959 Jaguar XK150. Douglas Howard from REDH presented them with a gift voucher for Goodwood and of course a bottle of REDH gin!  Runners up were presented with Bottles of English Sparkling Wine -  Vanessa Thorpe from Farnham in a 1962 Ford Cousul MK2 375 Delux and ‘Mod’ Ian MacFadyen from Milford with his flamboyant Lambretta Li 150 Special Scooter.

Douglas Howard from REDH said  "REDH was so pleased to sponsor the Haslemere Classic Car Show, it's such a well organised and much-loved part of the local calendar. Our own classic car, a copper-coloured Morris Minor Traveller (painted to reflect the stills used to distill our delicious gin), housed kegs of gin cocktails that were popular with show-goers. We can't wait to take part again next year."

There was also a ‘People’s Choice’ competition, where show visitors vote for the car they would most like to take home. This years popular winner was Roy Hunt from Guildford in his 1959 Pontiac Bonneville, which he has owned for 28 years. Dave won tickets from show supporters The Brooklands Museum Trust. Runners up were Les & Sarah Polden from Cosham in a 1937 Renault Celtaquatre Roadster, Kiran Kapur from Haslemere in a 1971 Custom Beach Buggy and Ian Davidson from Liss in his 1959 Borgward Isabella Coupe.

2019 The winners

Winner Best Dressed - Phil & Lindy Johnson, Jaguar XK150

Runners-up - Vanessa Thorpe, Ford Cousul MK2 375 Delux

Runners-up - Ian MacFadyen, Lambretta Li 150 Special

People's Choice winner Roy Hunt,1959 Pontiac Bonneville

The HCCS’ Haslemere Hound - 'Houndstooth, for the discerning classic motorist’, painted by one of the show organisers and local graphic designer, Jane Puttock, was on display at the HQ. Last years ‘The wind in your Hare’ was also spotted making an appearance in a Jaguar E-type!

The HCCS is very popular within the local community and attracts visitors from all over Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire as well as further afield. Entrance for the public was free, but visitors were asked to buy a lucky programme with some fantastic prizes donated by local business'. All the revenue from this goes to support the show. We are very appreciative for the help and support offered by many of the local business’ by taking adverts in our programme and donating prizes.

Once again the 1268 (Haslemere) Squadron ATC did a fantastic job in directing and parking the classic cars on the green and as always were a credit to their organisation.

The show raises funds for the Haslemere Festival and is organised by local classic car restorer and broker James Ewing, who said;

"I still can’t believe that after all these years the show continues to grow in popularity, this year our tour was fully booked in just 12 days! Classic cars are my business and hobby, it’s great to be able to share my passion with so many people and to give the community of Haslemere a chance to join in and enjoy a great family day out

Haslemere Festival's video of the event

go on the TOUR










view 2019 HCCS  programme



We still have some car stickers and enamel badges available, please contact us below if interested.


The HCCS is pleased to introduce  "Houndstooth - for the discerning classic motorist", our Haslemere Hound, he will be auctioned later in the year for the ATC.


The 12th HCCS will provisionally take place on Sunday 24 May 2020,
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Photography  © HCCS and James Lynch, Pistonphoto