British Motorcar Festival

British Motorcar Festival - Bristol RI - LogoJune 8th & 9th, 2018

The Bristol Hidden Highway Hundred Rally

The Friday “The Bristol Hidden Highway Hundred Rally” will depart from the Bristol Town Beach Parking Lot in Colt State Park and cover scenic coastal and idyllic back roads of Rhode Island with a planned stop for lunch and a display of cars at a local vineyard/brewery. After lunch we will continue on the coastal and back roads and wend our way back to Colt State Park, having completed about 100 miles of scenic driving. This will be a pre-registered ONLY event, so that we can plan for lunch, and produce the needed collateral materials to include personalized name badges and windscreen car cards, rally license plates, lunch tickets, and then plan for lunch, wine service, and order rally completion ribbons for the entrants. ??


British Motorcar10:00AM-12:00PM
Vendor Registration Pick Up
Vendors can claim their Registration Packages and name badges starting at 10:00 AM at the Registration Area in the Big Tent at Colt State Park.

British Motorcar Registration Pick Up
British Motorcar Registrants for the Concours d’Elegance, British Classic, and Car Corral can claim their Registration Packages and name badges starting at 12:00 Noon at the Registration Area in the Big Tent at Colt State Park. Registration will be open till 6:00 PM. Please note this is a Pre-Registered ONLY Motorcar Show (registration deadline is June 1st). We will not be registering any new entries on Friday or Saturday for the weekend for car show entry or vendor participation. Our focus will be on providing the best service we can for those who have pre-registered for the weekend. This is a Rain or Shine Motorcar Festival.
British Marketplace (Open to Registrants)
A collection of British Companies and vendors selling British, and British-inspired products and services. Hard to find car spares, motoring accessories, British food, Regalia, and more.
British Car Corral (Open to Registrants)
An opportunity to buy or sell a British Motor Car or Motorcycle. "For Sale" signs are NOT allowed on the show field. You may place a car for sale in the Car Corral. but in so doing, it cannot compete for honors on the show field.

EXPLORE BRISTOL on Your Own – take a self-guided tour of this quintessential New England waterfront town.  Maps will be provided and well as a discounted Multi-Pass to a number of historic venues in town. 

Concours Reception
A special reception for the owners of the British motorcars that have been selected for judging in the Concours d’Elegance.

5:00PM Line up 5:45PM Departure
Departure of Bristol Police Department led procession from Colt State Park to through downtown Bristol to Independence Park for Friday Evening Street Party.  The first 80 cars to line up will be in the procession and be provided with a reserved parking space at Independence Park.  Motorcars MUST proceed in procession to get a parking spot.
Friday Night Street Party with classic British music (open to general public) 
We will leave Colt State Park in a procession (5:45pm) to Independence Park in Downtown Bristol by Narragansett Bay and close to the shops, restaurants, and local watering holes where you will be greeted with reserved parking at the park and classic British music for the evening. If we run out of parking space at the park we will have two overflow parking areas held in reserve. If your club is interested in arranging a special Friday Evening Dinner the Merchants Association and Chamber of Commerce will help you to secure the ideal location.


General Admission $10.  Parking $5 donation. A portion of proceeds go to local charities.
LOCATION: COLT STATE PARK – Follow the signs to General Admission Parking

Show Field Opens to Registrants
We start the day with your arrival and the parking of your motorcar by class in the Concours d’Elegance ( Judged Competition), or the British Classic Motorcar Show (People’s Choice). If your objective is to sell your motorcar then you have signed up for our British Car Corral. New!! – We present “The British Racing Paddock” for British Racing Motorcars.
British Motorcar Club Displays
The event will provide FREE Space for any British Motorcar Club looking to set-up a hospitality tent to attract New Members and promote their club. The Club who sets up the Best British Car Club Display may just win an award. If your club is selling merchandise then you need to register as a Vendor and be located in the British Marketplace.
The British Racing Paddock
To feature, recognize, and honor the heritage of British Motorcars in Racing we are creating or very own “British Racing Paddock” exclusively for British Racing Motorcars to be on display. Each Entrant in this special category will receive an Entrant Ribbon from the weekend and one lucky entrant just might qualify for a “Special Award”.
New British Motorcar Display
For those seeking to purchase a brand New British motoring Classic.
British Marketplace
In addition to the British wares offered on Friday there will also be a cadre of food and beverage provided to satisfy you pallet and whet your whistle.
British Car Corral

Show Field Opens to General Public

Concours D'Elegance Judging begins

Arrival of the Queen
Our very own Queen will make her entrance in her horse drawn Coronation Carriage with royal cannon salute.

British Classic Motorcar Show balloting opens

Ladies Hat Competition

British Attire Competition
We have judges who will canvas the grounds of the show area in search of the Best examples of British Attire among car Show Registrants and Guests, and members of the general public. The Lucky Group of eight(8) Winners will be chosen as the Best of the Best out of close to twenty possible categories. Winners will be presented with a Notice which they will surrender at our awards ceremony for a Special Award and have their picture taken with other winners. Categories might include: Most Humorous; Most British; Best Hat; Best Youth Costume; Best Kilt; Best Famous Brit; and others too numerous to mention. Please note this is a separate event from the Ladies Hat Competition.

British Classic Motorcar Show ballot collection begins

Ladies Hat Competition Awards Presentation
• British Classic Motorcar Show ballot collection ends

British Attire Competition Awards Presentation

Concours d'Elegance Awards Presentation and Drive-by

British Classic Motorcar Show Awards Presentation

Show Field Closes

Reception Dinner at the Bristol Yacht Club. Pre-Ticketed guests only