The New Forest might not seem the most obvious place for a classic motoring show, but being home to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu certainly helps. Beaulieu Autojumble is one of the Museum’s most popular events and remains the UK’s biggest annual outdoor sale of motoring-related goods. This year’s event will take place 7-8th September and, with an excess of 2000 stands expected on display, Beaulieu Autojumble 2013 could very possibly surpass 2012’s staggering 38,352 attendees.
Since the first Beaulieu Autojumble in 1969, a relatively humble affair with fewer than fifty stalls, the event has grown to become one of the mainstays of the British motoring scene. This year’s event will feature over 2000 square metres of undercover space for stands in the Grand Marquee, meaning visitors should still be able to find a bargain, whatever the weather. Last year’s event played host to a total of 2,419 stands, offering only the best of vintage and classic motoring goods and accessories, including car parts, books, manuals, tools and clothing. So whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re bound to find a bargain or two here. As the event’s website proudly boasts: “If you can’t find it at Beaulieu, it doesn’t exist!”
Of course, if you’re after more than motoring paraphernalia, the Automart could well be the place for you. With around 200 vehicles for sale – from all sorts of restoration projects to vehicles in concours-ready condition – this could be your chance to pick up something really special. 2012 saw such highlights as a mint condition 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and a Mercedes Benz 600 SEL which previously belonged to the Prime Minister of Dubai.
Even more classic cars are on sale in the Dealermart and Bonham’s auction (which also features motorcycles and automobilia). Last year’s Bonham’s auction saw over 93% of lots on offer sold – and with a record hammer price of just under £2.6 million, this is an absolute must for both bargain hunters and bigger budgets alike.
But for a great many attendees, the true highlight of Beaulieu Autojumble – and the reason for making this annual pilgrimage to the National Motor Museum – is Trunk Traders. Held on the Sunday, this is the chance for all the event’s amateur enthusiasts to sell their unwanted motoring odds and ends to fellow hobbyists. Trunk Traders is the ideal opportunity to pick up that perfect part you need at a knock-down price, or to dispose of any old, surplus paraphernalia. It’s the ultimate car boot sale for classic car enthusiasts and is open to everyone (although booking a place in advance is required as spaces are limited).
This year’s event is being supported by Practical Classics magazine, whose staff will be on-hand at their stall to provide their insight and expertise.
As if all that wasn’t enough, tickets to the Autojumble also grant you entry to the National Motor Museum (voted 2013’s best large visitor attraction by VisitEngland), Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey, the BOND IN MOTION exhibit and the ever-popular World of Top Gear.
Whatever your level of involvement in the world of classic motor vehicles – be you a professional exhibitor, amateur restorer or simple vintage lover – Beaulieu Autojumble has something for you. The beautiful setting makes for a truly invaluable experience, so even if you don’t end up buying or selling a thing, Beaulieu Autojumble is still the best motoring bargain you can grab this autumn.