National Trust CarsBeautiful British estates used as an place for classic car exhibitions – who”d have thought it!

In fact, attracting visitors via classic car exhibitions has become quite an important sideline for our National Trust parks and estates.

National Trust properties are known for beautiful buildings, large outdoor areas, scenic views and impressive driveways.  All of which go to provide an ideal location for classic car exhibitions, and groups such as the Jaguar Owners Club and the Wolseley Register have been taking the opportunity to stage exhibitions of their classic car collections in recent years.

Not only is the back-drop an ideal setting, but there is also a certain over-lap of enthusiasts.  The thinking is that those who appreciate the heritage of our stately homes, would equally appreciate the beauty of a classic car collection.  For the National Trust, classic car rally days can see visitor numbers soar at their properties, particularly on a fine summer days.

Many different classic car motoring events take place within the grounds of National Trust properties.  The Millionaire’s House Parties at Upton House is one of the most well known of these.  Every summer, Upton House in Oxfordshire relives the glorious years of life in the 1930s with a weekend house party.  Guests arrive dressed to kill in 1930″s party wear and are wowed by a stunning collection of classic cars which are lined up along the magnificent driveway.

In addition to visiting exhibitions, a number of our National Trust properties provide a home classic cars, which can also be online casinos visited.  In fact, they don”t just house classic cars, but also carriages and antique bicycles.  Some of these classics are owned and maintained by the properties, whilst others are awaiting buyers to restore them to their former glory.

Bateman”s is a 17th century Jacobean house, and was the home of Rudyard Kipling.  It was featured recently on BBC1″s the One Show.  The house itself is a beauty, surrounded the woodlands of East Sussex.  It is also home to the 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1, which was owned by the author himself.

You can view this classic Rolls Royce (behind a glass screen) in the property”s garage, where it has been immaculately maintained with many antique features such as driving gloves etc.

2013 will no doubt bring a number of classic car events held at National Trust properties.  Locations such as Chatsworth House, Cliveden, Coughton Court and Kedleston Hall (to name but a few), are locations which have housed classic car events in the past, but keep your eye on the National Trust”s website ( for future exhibitions and we may see you there!

Whether the unpredictable British weather will be kind to these events remains to be seen…


Emma Jones


This article was written and published by Emma Jones.  Emma works for Trade Classics as an in-house journalist and copywriter and has many years” experience in the classic car sector.  Why not write a reply on this article below – she”d love to hear your thoughts on her thoughts!Google


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