Over the last few weeks, Footman James has been offering you the chance to vote for your favourite venue as part of our campaign to identify the UK’s Classic Capital. There’s still time to have your say as we reveal our five finalists this week – you’ll even get the chance to win a £100 Halfords voucher by taking part!
The UK’s Classic Capital campaign has been created to recognise places that bring together like-minded enthusiasts to share their passion for classic, vintage, and retro vehicles, and has attracted a hugely diverse range of suggestions. From towns and villages with strong local populations of classics, to challenging countryside B-roads popular with drivers and bikers alike, the campaign has captured the imagination of enthusiasts everywhere.
Five finalists now stand out after receiving the highest number of votes, and we’re now asking the public to help the judges decide the overall worthy winner of ‘the UK’s Classic Capital’ title.
Oxfordshire-based Bicester Heritage, situated on the A4421, Launton, is home to 45 specialist automotive businesses on a 444-acre former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station. Its regular Sunday Scramble and Scramblers Assembly events attract thousands of enthusiasts from across the country, featuring classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
Coleshill Auto Breakfast Meet has grown from a small meet-up in a car park in Birmingham into a 4,000-strong gathering now hosted at Birch Coppice Sports & Social Club just off the A5 in Dordon, proving particularly popular with local classic car and bike fans from Birmingham and Staffordshire.
The historic Goodwood Motor Circuit is Footman James’ third finalist in its search for the UK’s Classic Capital, and one of the country’s premier venues for both two- and four-wheeled motorsport. Its annual Festival of Speed and Revival events are key dates in Britain’s automotive calendar, making Goodwood a firm favourite with many enthusiasts.
The Motorist, based in Sherburn in Elmet near Leeds, has quickly grown into one of the North’s most popular automotive venues since its launch a few years ago. It’s now home to an onsite restaurant, shop, and service centre, as well as hosting themed shows and meets held every week, all year round – including Coffee and Cars, Wheels & Wings and Bikes & Bonnets.
Footman James’ fifth finalist is Re:Fuel, opened in August 2022 and is situated close to J28 of the M5 motorway. Open seven days per week, its onsite café, racing simulator and paddock area are open to all petrolheads and enthusiasts on two or four wheels, with space for up to 150 cars or 300 bikes.
Voting is now open via the Footman James website and will close on Sunday 15th October. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 24th October.