Classic Shows is a long-standing organiser and operator of classic vehicle events having organised over 1,000 events since its inception in 1985.
Since this time Classic Shows has operated events from most of the UKs major indoor venues including Alexandra Palace, GMEX, NEC and EventCity and a large number of prestigious country homes locations such as Blenheim Palace, Harewood House, Clumber Park, Capesthorne Hall, Bodelwyddan Castle and Cholmondeley Castle.
About my role: I have overall responsibility for Classic Shows and am the main point of contact on event weekends for visitors, exhibitors and traders / autojumblers. My role includes a big focus on business development, considering opportunities for new events and how we can attract new exhibitors and add new, exciting and relevant content to Classic Shows’ events. I also travel a lot and am able to meet a large number of people which is a part of my role that I thoroughly enjoy.
More about me: My background is in banking and finance and alongside Classic Shows I also run a boutique finance business which helps to raise finance and negotiate with banks / lenders in situations of distress. I am a season ticket holder at Huddersfield Town and attend most away games when not working.
Favourite car: Porsche 911. Until that day comes I currently drive a ’99 Jaguar XJ.
Favourite Classic Shows venue: Hard to say as each venue has its own merits and memories but the sight of the show fields at Bodelwyddan Castle and Clumber Park in 2017 packed to capacity were very impressive.
Favourite Classic Shows memory: Following the events at Capesthorne Hall, Thoresby Park and Blenheim Palace over the August Bank Holiday weekend, we received a number of really positive emails from visitors commenting on how much they had enjoyed the events. It was very pleasing to receive this feedback.
Best achievements: There are two areas which stand out. Organising the first classic car and motorcycle event ever held at the National Trust’s Clumber Park near Worksop on Father’s Day 2017. With over 700 vehicles on display and c. 10,000 visitors in attendance, this represented an outstanding performance for a first time event. Secondly, introducing the Electric Vehicle Zone to our events at Blenheim Palace and Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Working in conjunction with the Electric Automobile Association (“ElectrAA”) and Ovo Energy, we have delicately introduced this new content with terrific support from the likes of Tesla, Porsche, BMW and niche electric vehicle company Indra Renewables. This is a really exciting area and something which we hope to introduce to further events and grow considerably in the next few years.
About my role: My main role is within the office and I work with our small team to ensure that all the tasks are completed in a timely manner. Alongside this I also work at the shows on the admission gate or doing odd jobs to ensure the event runs smoothly.
More about me: Due to my budding passion for business, I took a ‘Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship’ course at college. Inspired by the this, I have started plans for a future business. Another passion of mine, is travelling and I aspire to live in another country to experience new cultures.
Favourite car: One of the gentlemen that regularly attends our events owns a beautiful Morris Van manufactured in 1969. So far this is my favourite classic car.
Favourite Classic Shows venue: Without a doubt, my favourite venue is Capesthorne Hall. The backdrop of the country home and picturesque nature sets the scene for a perfect show!
Favourite Classic Shows memory: My favourite memory is after the busy August bank holiday event at Thoresby Park when the staff were sat together on the grass conversing as that’s when I realised how lucky I was to be part of such an amazing team and working for a brilliant organisation.
Best achievement: I would say that my best achievement has been my personal and professional development from starting this job in March 2017 to now, especially as I have worked my way up to Office Manager & Executive Assistant in such a short time.
About my role: I put together all of the materials required for Classic Shows throughout the year, such as the events list, the booking forms, floor plans, adverts and more.
More about me: I studied graphic design at university. I also work on the graphic design elements for our sister company, the Manchester Bike Show.
Favourite car: The flying one from Harry Potter.
Favourite Classic Shows venue: Clumber Park because it’s a National Trust property. I admire their dedication to preserve our country’s wildlife and natural spaces.
Favourite Classic Shows: I was working at one of the Classic Shows events when I looked up in the sky and saw a drone, next I heard over the walkie talkies “Someone, get that drone out of the sky NOW!”
Best achievement: Redesigning the events list from a plain black and white text document, to the folded A4 colour leaflet you see today. The new events list was released for the 2017 season of events and now includes photos. I feel it does a much better job of showing off our events.
Meet Les Clayton, our long serving and enthusiastic show commentator.
In his early career, Les used to remodel and fit out cars for racing after which he found himself using his specialist bodywork engineering skills for the film and television industry. For many years Les combined his day job, as a senior motor engineer and claims assessor for a leading insurance company, with what he describes as his paid hobby of being a freelance broadcaster and motoring correspondent, working for local as well as national radio such as the BBC.
Now retired, he still enjoys his other “dream” job of commentating at classic car and motorcycle shows around the country, having voice over 400 shows over the past two decades.
‘Knowing the role that the motor vehicle has played in the industrial history of this country is a key to understanding why the British still have a love affair with motoring.’ Les Clayton
During the 2019 season, Les will commentate at the following Classic Shows’ events:
Meet Mark Stone, a member of our commentating team.
Mark has been involved with cars and motorsport for most of his 56 years. A former competitive driver and longstanding member of the prestigious Guild of Motoring Writers, he has written for most of the major motoring titles in addition to his freelance work for BBC local radio and television.
Additionally, Mark regularly travels vast distances to attend new car launches and the various classic car events both in the UK and abroad.
Now the presenter of the award nominated Sunday Driver on Ribble FM 106.7, Mark is a regular commentator at various of the Classic Shows events throughout the country. Mark’s extensive knowledge of all cars both classic and modern shines through when he chats to the various owners as they bring their cars into the arena.
During the 2019 season, Mark will commentate at the following Classic Shows’ events:
Meet Richard Lee
Richard has commentated and judged, at many of our events such as the Notts Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. He is a Regional Officer, International Concours Judge and Official Vehicle Valuer for the the Mercedes-Benz-Club UK and also works as a transport commentator both here and overseas.
Richard is well-known across the classic car world being an active exhibitor, club member and also working at number of different classic car events.
As well as this, he is the proud owner of a 1955 series two 4-door Morris Minor saloon, which is one of the very last batch to be produced with a divided front windscreen and vintage size rear screen. Over the years, the Morris has been the main feature in many motoring magazines along with cameo appearances in TV programmes such as Channel Four’s Motoring Classics. From time-to-time Richard will bring and display his Morris at Classic Shows events so be sure to keep an eye out!
The Morris has competed at top level concours events with very pleasing results, been awarded the top honours at many.
During the 2019 season, Richard will commentate at the following Classic Shows’ events: