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I'm not entirely sure how to take this, but my mk1 Strada has been invited into the Hagerty "Concours de L'Ordinaire" on Sat 26th July at Silverstone.

https://www.hagertyinsurance.co.uk/A...-Unexceptional

I guess it's a compliment if you overlook the festival of the unexceptional tag!! Not that mine is in any way concours fit, but it is unrestored.....

Anyway at least it should be more interesting than a normal concours - I'm hoping for plenty of obscure '70's stuff, as I'm heartily sick of Supercars, Jags & MG's at these things!

If anyone wants to pop along to support an entirely exceptional design classic in the form of a mk1 Strada 65CL, give me a shout.
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Well this was a very good event. Some nice cars there, and some stuff which doesn't usually get a look in! Too many brown and eurgh coloured Allegros & other BL rubbish of course, but hopefully they will make sure all the cars are different next year.

The Strada went down very well with the judges and the public & got an honourable mention when the prizes were given out. I'm actually quite pleased it didn't win first or second prizes (the public vote predictably went to a mk3 Cortina), which went to a fully restored Nissan Cherry turbo & Austin Maxi respectively - Strada's shouldn't win an unexceptional concours, coz they're not!!

Some pics below. I'm hoping @scout will have done better ones.

The entirely uninspiring Metro was Princess Diana's bought by Prince Charles as a gift. Not exactly a no expense spared gift..... Annoyingly it was trailered down from Coventry Transport Museum & even had to be push started to get back on the trailer - it should have been driven IMO!

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Car of the show



Shocked to see a 127!!!



Lovely Alfa



A "special" arrangement of BL stuff, with the "wonderful" Metro & a nice Capri.

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Well this was a very good event. Some nice cars there, and some stuff which doesn't usually get a look in! Too many brown and eurgh coloured Allegros & other BL rubbish of course, but hopefully they will make sure all the cars are different next year.

The Strada went down very well with the judges and the public & got an honourable mention when the prizes were given out. I'm actually quite pleased it didn't win first or second prizes (the public vote predictably went to a mk3 Cortina), which went to a fully restored Nissan Cherry turbo & Austin Maxi respectively - Strada's shouldn't win an unexceptional concours, coz they're not!!

Some pics below. I'm hoping @scout will have done better ones.

The entirely uninspiring Metro was Princess Diana's bought by Prince Charles as a gift. Not exactly a no expense spared gift..... Annoyingly it was trailered down from Coventry Transport Museum & even had to be push started to get back on the trailer - it should have been driven IMO!

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Car of the show



Shocked to see a 127!!!



Lovely Alfa



A "special" arrangement of BL stuff, with the "wonderful" Metro & a nice Capri.



you just made the "news" ;-)


http://cars.uk.msn.com/news/images.a...1533775&page=2
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Thanks - probably wouldn't have seen that.

If you've only got one line to play with, saying to describe this Strada as unexceptional is probably a little harsh, is as good as any!
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Another report - P9 for the star of the show!

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Another report - P9 for the star of the show!

http://home.bt.com/pictures/motoring...41363923648336
If its good enough for Princess Anne

I must get my photos up
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If its good enough for Princess Anne

I must get my photos up
I was starting to think none of the reports would mention it - they can't help themselves can they - you want a big QI type flashing sign really!

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I was starting to think none of the reports would mention it - they can't help themselves can they - you want a big QI type flashing sign really!

Photos photos, we want photos!!
Photo's...

OH NO - these are "Gillian Taylforth"
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I see the 127 has got into the top ten

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I see the 127 has got into the top ten

http://honestjohn.cmail1.com/t/ViewE...5D7BC1A387288D
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Me again I'm afraid - I was accused of knowing all the judges, which is just untrue (one I hadn't met before!!). The event according to the incorrigable Mr Roberts is at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/clas...unexceptional/

Everyday classics celebrated
The second Festival of the Unexceptional championed the unsung, ordinary cars that were once common and are now seriously threatened. Andrew Roberts reports

Winners of the 2015 Festival of the Unexceptional, celebrating everday cars of the 1970s and 1980s
Winning charms: from left, People's Choice winner Chris Reed and his Hillman Avenger Estate, overall winner Barry Williams with his 1978 Ford Escort Mk2 1600L and second-placed Gavin Bushby’s Fiat 127
27 July 2015 • 8:59am
When you are attending a major classic show, it is essential to arrive in an appropriate vehicle. To create the right impression at the 2015 Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional, there could be only one choice; Tanya Field’s 1984 MG Maestro 1600.
On arrival, the talking dashboard immediately attracted attention – “Handbrake on,” warned Nicolette McKenzie in the tones of a stern headmistress – and as with all good shows, the car park alone was worth the journey. The presences of Natasha Lee’s 1969 Ford Transit “Hippy Camper’, a Hyundai Sonata “Gold Medal” and a Vauxhall Cavalier SR, together with an Austin Maxi 1750 and two Austin Ambassadors all promised an event far more exclusive than any conventional classic gathering. Plus several owners dressed as a nightmare version of Jason King.
Many of the cars on display were far from unexceptional. Richard Watt’s yellow Cavalier is the actual launch car from the 1975 Motor Show and the Fiat 128 3P was a very desirable small coupť. What the event celebrates is not an “‘ironic” show of dire cars of a bygone age but vehicles that were virtual street furniture in their heyday but are now rarer than your average Bugatti.
Some exhibits were owned by younger classic enthusiasts; 22-year-old Sean Greenwood took a walk on the mild side with his 1985 Ford Sierra 1.6L E-Max and 24-year-old Richard Hughes favoured a base model Austin Maestro that looked positively sober compared with his parents’ Vauxhall FE 2300S.
For older visitors, the nostalgia factor was overwhelming, from the Mk1 Vauxhall Carlton resplendent in Orange Tan paintwork to the Hillman Super Imp in Kingfisher Blue. Some cars had almost entirely been forgotten, such as the Renault 6 or the Vauxhall Firenza SL in Flamenco Red; the 1970s certainly was the heyday of flamboyantly named colour schemes.
Nicholas Parsons at the 2015 Festival of the Unexceptional
Nicholas Parsons admires the Hillman Super Imp in Kingfisher Blue
Making the day even more enjoyable, the show was attended by Nicholas Parsons, whose previous classics include the Alvis TF21 (“My only complaint was that it was not fitted with power steering”). A Hillman Minx Mk8a present at the festival looked as though it hailed from the 1950s comedy films he often appeared in, while a Ford Fiesta Popular Plus in Cordoba Beige was certainly evocative of “This week’s star prize!” on Sale of the Century.
Parsons said: “What a joy to celebrate Britain’s forgotten and much maligned automotive legacy. The festival has proved to once again be truly exceptional.”
Angus Forsyth, managing director of event organiser Hagerty Insurance, said: “The majority of British drivers were born in the 1970s and '80s, yet so few preserved examples of the everyday runabouts and workhorses that littered the British roads of their youth remain. The 1980s may have enjoyed a fashion and pop revival yet so many of UK’s once-popular family cars are on the verge of disappearing completely. The Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate these unusual classics and to recognise their lasting impact.”
With such an array of unassuming cars, the judges were faced with a near-impossible task. Would prizes be awarded to the Skoda MB1000 and the Austin Allegro Mk3? Would victory be gained by the Morris Ital 1700 HLS described as “automotive porridge” by its proud owner?
Second place went to Gavin Bushby’s Fiat 127 (“With the detachable ‘man bag’ on the door”) and first to Barry Williams’ 1978 Mk2 Ford Escort 1600L, his family’s car that was rescued from being written off.
A special “People’s Choice” prize went to Chris Reed’s Hillman Avenger Estate in Grasshopper Green, before Nicolette ordered us to “Fasten seat belts” and we departed in a convoy of Mk1 Vauxhall Astras and CitroŽn GSA Estates.
Let us hope that the 2016 Festival is even more unexceptionally wonderful.
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Really sorry to have missed this event. Maybe the next one could be advertised here ?, or is it strictly by invitation only ?
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I think your humble Strada is fabulous, but you're way too snobbish dissing the brown BL entries! I thought the Russet Brown Allegro and Mini Clubman estate looked fab!

Before getting into Fiats (SuperMirafiori Panda Tipo(s) Brava) via Lancia (Delta) I was a Triumph guy, and I had a nice Dolly 1850HL in the mid-80s in Russet Brown with a Tan (yes OK "beige"..) interior. I thought it looked great especially when I added a gold Triumph "laurel wreath" sticker to the bonnet and gold-centred TR7 wheels...

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I think your humble Strada is fabulous, but you're way too snobbish dissing the brown BL entries! I thought the Russet Brown Allegro and Mini Clubman estate looked fab!

Before getting into Fiats (SuperMirafiori Panda Tipo(s) Brava) via Lancia (Delta) I was a Triumph guy, and I had a nice Dolly 1850HL in the mid-80s in Russet Brown with a Tan (yes OK "beige"..) interior. I thought it looked great especially when I added a gold Triumph "laurel wreath" sticker to the bonnet and gold-centred TR7 wheels...

I love Gooooooold !! And Browwwwwwwn !!!
Not at all, you don't know me very well, it's tongue in cheek.

Quite the reverse, I like them! Their colour palette was awful though - today brown is nicely retro of course. There were far too many the first year (I stand by that!), but the organisers accepted that & rectified it this year. I think there were 5 Allegros out of 40 cars invited - that was too many when there are so many interesting car around.

First time a Fiat owner has been called snobbish I think, especially one who's just got the Maestro & Montego club 2016 calendar, which may feature brown.......
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I think earlier Triumphs had a duller, darker brown called Chestnut, the mid-to-late 70s colours weren't too bad with Brooklands Green, Tahiti and Pageant Blue, Blaze Orange etc.

There were of course the contentious primrose or mustardy yellows which were obviously popular for some reason, but everything comes in fads such as whites, reds, greens and more recently or course... silver.

I did like the 80s Italian mid blues like your Strada but even more the darker Lancia grey-blues on the Betas and Deltas..
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