Heveningham Hall country fair’s first ever Concours d’Elegance display featuring extremely rare Jaguar and Ferrari models is hailed a ‘resounding success’

Thousands of people visited the Heveningham Hall Country Fare over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.

Thousands of people visited the Heveningham Hall Country Fare over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd. Martin Dunnett with his Ford Zodiac. - Credit: Archant

A host of classic cars – including Ferraris, Jaguars and Aston Martins – made their debut at the 20th annual Heveningham Hall Country Fair this weekend.

Thousands of people visited the Heveningham Hall Country Fare over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.

Thousands of people visited the Heveningham Hall Country Fare over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd. - Credit: Archant

Taking place in association with auctioneers Bonhams, this year was the first to showcase the Concours d’Elegance, a collection of 50 pre and post war luxury cars.

More than 15,000 people from across Suffolk flocked to the 18th century estate, near Halesworth, on Saturday and Sunday.

Spitfire displays, a 10km race, a tractor parade and a bungee jump were just some of the activities on offer at the fair, but the highlight of the weekend, according to organisers, was the classic car exhibition.

Max Hunt, son of Heveningham Hall owner Jon Hunt, said: “What a fantastic start.

Thousands of people visited the Heveningham Hall Country Fare over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.

Thousands of people visited the Heveningham Hall Country Fare over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd. John Marshall at his stand. - Credit: Archant


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“Our first Concours d’Elegance has been a resounding success and we had a world first with a selection of truly unique, genuine cars that have never been seen together before.”

“We’re looking forward to being even bigger and better next year. ”

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Winners were selected for the car competition, which judged the best pre-war car, best post-war car and best supercar.

The judging panel – made up of Motor Sport editor Damien Smith, John Poulson from Bonhams, and bike racer Max Hunt – had a tough decision but eventually named the 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Grand Sport the pre-war category winner.

The 1955 Jaguar D-Type became the post-war category winner, while the 1990 Ferrari F40 Le Mans was named best supercar.

The annual fair raises cash for the Heveningham Hall Country Fair Trust, which distributes all proceeds to local communities for village and school projects, church repairs, and individual cases of need, such as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund.

The 10km run also took place on Sunday to raise money for ‘Get Kids Going’, a national charity providing disabled children and young people with the opportunity to participate in sport.

Visit countryfair.co.uk to find out more.

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