Classics on the Common

A mid-week show on Harpenden Common in Hertfordshire seems an unlikely place to attract the public and classic car owners, but then again, Classics on the Common isn't your average car show.

Despite being held on a Wednesday afternoon for just a few hours, this event which is run by Harpenden Village Rotary Club, is in its 18th year and the prediction of 10,000 spectators seemed about right, as there were plenty of people enjoying a mouth-watering mix of 1200 classic vehicles.
Supposedly the youngest cars were just over 20 years old, but I spotted a Ferrari 458 Italia and wasn't allowed to enter my own 2006 MINI!

Here's my pick of the best cars on show:

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Amazing 1966 Amphicar Model 770.

Is the Tuscan Speed 6 the best-looking modern TVR?

Impressive carbon'd, Vauxhall 16-Valve powered 70s Mini.

Could you go back to the future in this DeLorean DMC-12?

Impressive, imposing Lamborghini 400 GT.

The Citroen Traction Avant was the world's first front-wheel drive steel monocoque production car.

This is one of only three right-hand drive ISO GRIFO's produced out of a production run of just 17.

The Jaguar D-Type was a factory-built race car, its most ground-breaking innovation was the introduction of a monocoque chassis.

The elegant Lotus Elite was an ultra-light two-seater coupe, produced from 1958 to 1963.

There can't be many 1983 Alfa Romeo Giulietta's that haven't sadly rotted away.

Impressive attention to detail with this Vauxhall PA Cresta mated to modern Jaguar XJR mechanicals.

Proper American Ford Hot-Rod.

Subtly modified, Vauxhall-powered, Ford Escort MK1 looked cool.

The original BMW Isetta bubble car, seen off by the Mini in the 60s.

Rear-engined Renault Caravelle is a rare sight.

The legendary Ferrari F40, one of the first proper supercars.

Real or fake? I couldn't tell, but this rally look-alike Lancia Stratos really looked the part.

This Dodge Charger is a perfect example of 70s American muscle car.

Fancy a Vauxhall that's capable of 176mph? Well, what you need is this four-seater Lotus Carlton.

Love this original MK1 Lotus Cortina, it was one of many collaborations Ford made with the race car manufacturer.

Here's a slice of 70s wedge in the form of this early Triumph TR7.

The 356 was Porsche's first production car and worth serious money these days.

The best-known of James Bond's company cars, the Aston Martin DB5.

Love the square styling of this 60s Lancia Fulvia.

Another sports car legend from Honda? The 80s CRX 1.6 16v has got to be a classic in the making.

Top Gear aren't the only people to like the distinctive GT styling of the Jensen Interceptor.

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