Hagerty's Festival of the Unexceptional

Unexceptional If you have turned on your computer in the last two weeks, you have surely seen coverage of the Concours d’LeMons, which is a growing car show that celebrates “the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world. Another show, which you may not have heard about, is the Festival of the Unexceptional – a Concours de l’Ordinaire. These two festivals exist an ocean apart, but have the same misfiring heartbeat. Click through for some truly ordinary stuff. Unexceptional2 The Festival was held in Whittlebury, Northamptonshire, England, which sounds like a truly unexceptional place, however, the golf club that lent its driving range for the show was anything but. Very few attendees were dressed appropriately to be allowed inside the clubhouse to use the facilities. Fortunately, there was a grounds crew facility down in steerage for the ordinary folk. Unexceptional4 Unexceptional6 Unexceptional5 Despite the name of the show, this Nissan Cherry was pretty exceptional. The Cherry was a mashup of Nissan body parts and an Alfa Romeo drivetrain. What could go wrong? This particular example was in excellent condition. While possibly exceptional, it is a great example of a nearly forgotten vehicle. (Or never known about in the first place.) According to Wikipedia, there are only three Cherrys, (also sold as the Alfa Romeo Arna), currently registered in the UK. Unexceptional7 If that’s not enough Euro-Japanese action for you, how about the Triumph Acclaim pictured above? It looks suspiciously like a Honda Civic because it is pretty much a rebadged Honda Civic. The Acclaim has the dubious honor of being the last vehicle Triumph ever sold. Congratulations, Acclaim. Unexceptional8 The owner of this 1978 Fiat 127 had an excellent understanding of the spirit of this event. The hand-written sign in the door claims that the car was purchased in 1984 and has covered over 200,000 miles. Unexceptional9 A Chevette is a natural choice for the Festival of the Unexceptional. This one happened to be a Vauxhall Chevette, which was Vauxhall’s variant on the GM “T-car” platform. Unexceptional91 French styled ordinary – the Renault 6. Unexceptional92 Skoda Rapid Convertible – where do people find this stuff? (Asks the guy who drives a 1980 Plymouth Arrow.) Unexceptional93 Finally, an ordinary Austin Metro L with a not-so-ordinary past. This cute little hatchback once belonged to Lady Dianna Spencer. Still wearing its MPB 909W number plate, it is also known as the “courting car”, as she drove it before her eventual marriage to Prince Charles. Unexceptional96 If it’s good enough for Lady Di, it’s good enough for Hooniverse. Final image: Telegraph.co.uk All other images: ©2014 Hooniverse/Scott Ith, All Rights Reserved  

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