Classics on the Common.
Classics on the Common in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, has been running for over 20 years and in that time has become one of the largest meets in the UK, certainly in the South of England. It has been going since 1994, taking place in the 3rd or 4th week in July each year. It was originally set up by local classic car enthusiast Peter Madden, and now it is recognised as a major event – mainly organised by the Rotary Club. The event is always on a Wednesday afternoon and cars start to congregate on the common from around 2pm. The very first meet had around 125 vehicles, but the latest Classic on the Common saw over 1200 classic cars. Here at the Classic Veteran and vintage Car Directory we are lucky enough to be based locally and attend every year. Depending on the weather, most car owners bring along a picnic, table and chairs and spend the late afternoon enjoying the summer sun and wandering around the classic cars on show. The event is well attended locally by people from Harpenden and St Albans as well as the surrounding areas, and enthusiasts and owners travel from a fair distanced to take part, with somewhere in the region of 11,000 visitors taking part this year. The event is a great social meeting, with various food stools, a hog roast and more. The Common itself is a beautiful area located right next to the High street which is awash with shops and restaurants, and this year the area was once again thronged with visitors enjoying the late afternoon sunshine and scenic surroundings.
The meet itself gives an opportunity to see a huge range of classic vehicles, from cars and vans to motorcycles and scooters which have driven from up and down the country to show off their prize vehicles. More modern classics mingle with old veterans, such as a 1913 model T Ford, and most marques and decade of automotive beauty are on show.
The Rotary Club work very hard on the event, and can be seen with their buckets collecting money for charity. Each donation gets a yellow sticker, and it truly was a pleasure this year seeing just how many people wore their yellow stickers and contributed. All in all it makes for a great mid week free evening out and a must for enthusiasts far and wide. We hope you enjoy a few of the photos and please see our website classiccarwebsite.com for a full gallery of photos taken.
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