Approximately 100 classic cars took to the lawn between 28–30 June ready to be appraised by a panel of 17 expert judges. With a huge range of ages and car types represented – from a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost to a 2012 Lexus LFA – a level playing field was maintained by the fomation of eight different judging groups.
The ‘Great British History’ category celebrated some of the finest pre-war creations to emerge from the British car industry, ranging from the dinky Austin Seven Swallow to the imposing Blower Bentley; in the end it was a 1938 Jaguar SS100 which took the class honours. Other winners in their respective categories included a 1962 Ferrari 250GT California Spider, a 2012 Koenigsegg Agera S, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ and a 1958 Cadillac Sedan de Ville.
Perhaps the most eclectic judging category was the group of ‘Japanese Jewels’. This involved elegant classics such as the rotary-powered Mazda Cosmo, homologation specials like the Subaru Impreza 22B, and modern-classic sports cars including the Honda NSX-R. There can only be one winner though – in this case a stunning 1967 Toyota 2000GT (pictured above). The incredible Japanese take on the E-type won its class and went on to take the Best of Show honours.
Aside from the main attractions, there was a spread of oddities placed around the grounds too. RBW showcased a display of EV-converted classics, including an MGB and Mercedes-Benz SL. Meanwhile, over in the ‘Coachbuilt and Concepts’ corner, eyebrows were raised with the display of a one-off Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow pick-up truck and the joystick-controlled Mercedes-Benz F200 Imagination concept car.
If you missed out on this year’s show, fear not: dates for the 2023 edition have already been confirmed, with a collection of the UK’s finest cars back on display next year between 6–8 June.