2021 show overview

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 show – over 300 vehicles, lots of visitors, and the weather was fine (if cloudy at times).

There was food and refreshments in abundance from our local Lavenham Butchers and other suppliers including Bar Rumba and Sweet Meats in their Good Food Army comber ice-cream van.

All in all, the event, thanks to entrants and the visitors, raised £3,250 which will go to various village charities administered by Lavenham Community Council.

Check out some photos from the event:

Latest News about Lavenham Classics motor show 2021

We are already for this year’s event on Sunday 29th August 2021 (11am to 4pm)

After last year’s successful, social-distanced event, planning for this year’s August motor show is all on track.

Due to take place on the August Bank Holiday Sunday, unless government guidance changes, we are now unable to accept further entries.

However, provisional entries already advised as being accepted will still be accommodated if the entry forms are sent in before July 16th 2021

Passes are due to be issued in early August as per usual.

Visitors are welcome to attend the event – there will be food, refreshments and a bar available.

2020 a great success

The 2020 event, despite the restrictions of being Covid compliant and the usual uncertainties concerning Bank Holiday weather, proved to be a resounding success.
Hosted for the fourth year running on August Bank Holiday Sunday, a limited number of (140) cars were displayed, Lavenham retailers sold food and refreshments, the sun made an appearance and the rain stayed away!

Over £2,000 was raised for local charities so we thank everyone who took part and contributed to its success in 2020.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

A brief update to confirm that the 2020 event is still scheduled to take place this Sunday.

Given the current pandemic restrictions the layout of displayed vehicles will be different to previous years in order to provide increased distancing between entrants.

Sanitising stations will be in evidence and all food & drink vendors will be operating strictly controlled social distancing and hygiene standards.

The wearing of face masks is optional but recommended – certainly they will be needed if venturing to the village shops.

Please come dressed as appropriate for the (hopefully good) weather and do remember to observe “social distancing ”throughout the event.

2020 – Event still happening if possible…

Dear fellow classic vehicle enthusiast,

I hope that you and your families and friends are keeping safe during these challenging times.

Given the restrictions on meeting in public places and the requirements for social distancing, amongst the other myriad of Government guidelines, I thought that I should update you on the current situation regarding Lavenham Classics.

It is still my intention to hold the event, albeit with some revisions and being mindful that Covid 19 control methods are a moving feast.

In anticipation of the further easing of movement & meeting restrictions I intend to keep the event scheduled unless I have no alternative but to cancel it. I am hopeful of it being a celebration of the return to some sort of normality.

Thus for this year there will be a strict “Entry by issued ticket only” policy in order that entry numbers can be contained within the available space whilst delivering safe distancing between entrants. For this reason there is no entry cut-off date, first come, first served will apply.

Therefore please do get your entry forms in if you wish to attend.

Lavenham Classics in front of the church tower

The event is organised on behalf of Lavenham Community Council, a registered charity, who will process your entry in the usual way: cashing your entry cheque upon receipt and issuing tickets during early August.

IF the event does have to be cancelled then full refunds will be issued immediately.

[As a result of feedback from last year I am delighted to announce that the award winning Lavenham Butchers are providing the catering this year, supported by our usual bar and ice cream providers].

Enjoy your classic vehicles and most of all, keep safe.

Bruce Goddard


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2018 – Great motor show, until the rains came!

This year’s Classic Car show in the historic Medieval Village of Lavenham was a resounding success despite heavy rain dampening proceedings during the afternoon.

Despite the predicated rainfall some 150 cars arrived covering a wide variety of marques and the steady throng of visitors to the event found a mix of food and drink stalls attending together with a range of trade stands.

Classic cars under the tower of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Lavenham

Music was provided by local singer/songwriter Mike Gage and the scene was set for a busy fun day for all. Which it was – until the rain arrived.
A cheery atmosphere prevailed albeit some of the car owners chose to return home early rather than submit their precious vehicles to the downpour.

The event was held to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Lavenham Community Council, both registered charities.

Event organiser Bruce Goddard said “this year the stage was set for a busy day which indeed started very well with a wide range of vehicles from Bugattis to Volkswagons and hundreds of visitors and despite the weather shortening the day’s activities we raised well over £1,500 for our chosen charities”.

A full range of cars were on display for visitors to admire

More coverage by our local press here: EADT report

One week to go


Next Sunday 26th August sees the return of the popular village Classic Car Show.

Held on the Recreation Ground [accessed off Bridge Street Road] and open to visitors from 11.00am to 4.00pm, this year’s event is focussed on delivering a traditional family day out with the added benefit of seeing a great and diverse mix of classic cars – and some classic motorcycles.

Entry is free to visitors however a contribution to this year’s chosen charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service, is encouraged.

The weather should be dry if not quite the heatwave of the past few months.

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The event started in its present format, titled “Lavenham Classics”, last year following on from the long running (and very popular) Rare Breeds Motor Show that had been held for many years in conjunction with the Lavenham Carnival. Regrettably, due to ever increasing health & safety regulations and declining volunteer numbers the Carnival, along with the Rare Breeds Motor Show was held for the last time in 2016.

The Carnival, alas, is no more but village resident and well known classic car enthusiast Bruce Goddard stepped forward to promote a stand alone classic car event with a greater focus as a village attraction rather than as an event just for exhibitors.

This year sees an increased number of local food and drink outlets including Gourmet Baguettes, Café NiNi cream teas, Number 10 Bar, Nethergate Brewery, Good Food Army Ice Creams and M&Ms Hot Dogs.

There will be a number of motor services suppliers including GB Oils, Roach Classics and Norfolk Car Valeting.

Visitors to Lavenham are encouraged to come along to this additional attraction and owners and passengers of vehicles on display at Lavenham Classics are encouraged to sample the delights of Lavenham village!

The event is held on behalf of the Lavenham Community Council, a registered charity, that raises funds for various village causes (and which last year benefited from your support of Lavenham Classics through donations totalling £1,312).

For this year half of all profits made will go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service, the remainder for the benefit of the Lavenham Community Council.


Lavenham Classics 2018 to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance

“We need to raise £11.5 million to sustain our life saving operation. With demand for our services greater than ever, we really couldn’t keep our, two H145 state-of-the-art, helicopters flying without the help of our local communities. We are delighted that the Lavenham Classics Cars Show for 2018 has chosen to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance this year.” states Ben Walker from EAAA.

Bruce Goddard adds: “Half of the profits from the Show will be donated to EAAA, with the other half going to the local Lavenham Community Council. With the Ambulance service so critical for the people of East Anglia, we are very happy to be supporting this excellent charity this year.”

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East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is a charity providing a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the people of East Anglia. Since our launch in 2000 we have attended over 22,000 lifesaving missions, touching the lives of many thousands of people.

Our mission of EAAA is to provide the best possible outcomes for people unfortunate enough to be involved in incidents or medical emergencies. The combination of advanced critical care on scene, a quick response time and rapid onward transfer can be vital in saving lives and improving patients’ prospects of making a full recovery. On average each mission costs in the region of £3,500.

Operating in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, EAAA are able to provide emergency medical services to a vast area. When necessary patients are flown to the most appropriate hospital for their needs; this is not always the nearest one, but the one that can provide the most appropriate specialist care.

EAAA is entirely dependent on donations and fundraising and receives no regular Government funding. “Together we save lives.”


2018, will the sunshine last?

With a beautiful sunny day in 2017 helping to erase memories of down pours in previous years, fingers are crossed that this year’s show will enjoy the sunshine.


The record temperatures in 2018 look to continue through into August and the latest forecast shows we may be get a wonderful Bank Holiday. We will keep you posted…

UK Outlook for Friday 3 Aug 2018 to Friday 17 Aug 2018:

Throughout this period it seems most likely that the weather pattern will very slowly evolve. The west of the UK is likely to see more in the way of breezier, cloudier conditions with some rain or showers at times, with these occasionally affecting other areas.

Elsewhere, especially further east, drier and more settled weather is expected to dominate, although with the ongoing risk of a few heavy showers or thunderstorms breaking out at times.

Temperatures remaining above average for most, with the potential for further spells of very warm or hot conditions, and possibly very hot at times in the south and east. Temperatures are likely to be often nearer normal in the west and northwest.

Updated: 03:19 on Thu 19 Jul 2018 BST