A message for Classics on the Common enthusiasts

You will have seen from the coronavirus panel on the Home Page or in the STOP PRESS below that,  sadly, we have had to take the unavoidable but necessary decision to cancel Classics on the Common 2020.


We will all miss a wonderful day of fun and fellowship but the big losers are the charities – children’s, local, national and international - for whom you and others help to raise significant amounts of money. 

Charities benefiting from Classics on the Common in recent times include the Samaritans, Prostate Cancer UK, Keech Children's Hospice, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support.

May we make two suggestions?

First, please help us to continue to support these good causes in their time of need by donating perhaps what would have been your entry fee or the amount you might have spent that day. You can do this by simply clicking  Donate now

Second, do make a note in your diary now for next year’s Classics: the provisional date is 28 July 2021. Let’s try next year to raise a record amount for charity to make up for the disappointment in cancelling this year.

A hot display on a hot day

This is what we do ...

this is who we support ... click on each image to reveal the charities' names.

This is what it's all about ...

With what is coming to be a wonderful sequence of luck, Classics on the Common 2019 basked in glorious sunshine, bringing out large crowds to witness a wide-ranging display of classic and exotic vehicles, at this the 12th annual show to be organised by Rotary in Harpenden and the 26th successive event.


Event manager Richard Young said,

‘This is one of the largest one-day classic car events in the UK and it attracts nearly 900 cars and motor cycles. Rotary in Harpenden run it as a community event where classic enthusiasts mix with local families and their children to enjoy a wonderful show and we are also able to raise money for charity.


‘I am so very proud of the effort and enthusiasm of everyone involved - the Classics committee, the Rotary members and the army of volunteers – in making this major event happen.


‘We are proud to be able to help promote Harpenden and raise its profile. We know that many of the pubs and restaurants rely on this day as a bonus to their businesses and we are grateful for the generosity of everyone who came.


‘I would also like to thank Harpenden Council, the police and emergency services for their continuing support and encouragement.’


In eight short hours we collected close to £19,000 which, added to other donations, amounted to net proceeds of around £33,000. This will be distributed to our four named charities - Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Hertfordshire, Rotary Doctor Bank - and other worthy causes.



Regretfully, given the coronavirus situation, we have cancelled the 2020 Classics on the Common. Classics 2021 will be held on Wednesday 28 July 2021.

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Rotary in Harpenden CIO is a charitable incorporated organisation, Registered Charity No.1163420
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