Sunday 24 July 2022

Festival of the Unexceptional Welcomes Richard Hammond and The Smallest Cog team

Richard Hammond: Smallest Cog - FOTU Image Credit Nathan Morgan

The world’s greatest Concours (perhaps) promises to be bigger and better this year, with a just-announced appearance from Richard Hammond and The Smallest Cog team.

Richard Hammond needs little introduction as the star of many TV shows including Top Gear and The Grand Tour along with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. In August 2021, while Clarkson went farming and May opened a pub, Hammond launched his own car restoration business, The Smallest Cog.

Richard Hammond and his Team - FOTU Image Credit Nathan Morgan

Richard and his expert team will be enjoying the mundane motors on display at the 2022 Festival along with other notable guests including Mike Brewer of TV’s Wheeler Dealers, and star of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars, Paul Cowland.

Mike Brewer - FOTU Image Credit Matt Kimberley

The 2022 Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional takes place on Saturday 30th July, at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, with hundreds of cherished yet unexceptional, ordinary everyday cars from years gone by.

First staged by Hagerty in 2014, the Festival of the Unexceptional has earned its place in the automotive calendar as an attainable Concours event offering a mix of rare cars and a prestigious location in an informal and friendly atmosphere. 

Paul Cowland - FOTU Image Credit Matt Howell

Showcasing long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars of the late 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, Festival of the Unexceptional remains the only Concours to champion the everyday cars we all know and love.

Tickets for the 2022 Festival of the Unexceptional are priced at just £20 per car, and just a few remain, so car enthusiasts are encouraged to grab them while they can.

Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire - FOTU Image Credit Matt Howell

Mark Roper, Managing Director of Hagerty International, said:
“Festival of the Unexceptional is known the world over for its unique selection of classic cars. To have experts like Richard Hammond appreciating the spectacle of our event shows just how popular these classics are becoming with today’s enthusiast, and I can’t wait to see the cars, and our guests later this month.”
About Hagerty, Inc.

Hagerty's Headquarters is based in Traverse City, Michigan. Hagerty’s purpose is to save driving and preserve car culture for future generations and its mission is to build a global business to fund that purpose. 

Hagerty is an automotive enthusiast brand offering integrated membership products and programs as well as a speciality insurance provider focused on the global automotive enthusiast market. 

Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, Hagerty DriveShare, Hagerty Valuation Tools, Hagerty Media, Hagerty Drivers Club magazine, MotorsportReg, Hagerty Garage + Social, the Amelia Concours d'Elegance, the Concours d'Elegance of America, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, the California Mille, Motorlux Revival and more.

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