Friday, June 7th 2019

The Bristol Hidden Highway Road Tour

8:15 AM

By popular demand the Hidden Highway Road Tour will be offered once again as the kickoff event of the 2019 British Motorcar Festival Weekend.

For 2019,  the Hidden Highway Road Tour will charter a route that will take in Island Park, Middletown, Sachuest Point, Adamsville and Tiverton.  This will be a pre-registered ONLY event, so that we can produce the needed collateral materials to include personalized name badges and windscreen car cards. Lunch will be on your own at the scenic Tiverton Boathouse. Residing on a bluff over the foot of Mt. Hope Bay, the restaurant beckons guests to relax and soak in the panoramic, award-winning bayside views. Each entry will receive route driving instructions, drivers meeting protocols, interesting site specific flyers, Touring Paraphernalia including a commemorative Tour License Plate, and options for post luncheon activities.  Tour Members will depart from the Bristol Town Beach Parking Lot in Colt State Park at 8:15 AM on Friday, June 7th.  We will need to cap the number of cars on tour so please do register early.



British Motorcar Festival Begins

  • 10:00AM-12:00PM

  • Vendor Registration Pick Up

Vendors can claim their Registration Packages and name badges starting at 10:00 AM at the Registration Tent at Colt State Park.


  • British Motorcar Registration and Pre-Registration Pick Up

This year we will allow registration from 12:00pm-5:00pm on FRIDAY (excluding Concours).

 British Motorcar Registrants for the Concours d’Elegance, British Classic, and Car Corral can claim their Registration Packages and name badges starting at 12:00 Noon at the Registration Tent at Colt State Park. Registration will be open till 5:00 PM. Please note the pre-registration deadline is May 24th. We will not be registering any new entries on Saturday for Concours show entry or vendor participation. This is a Rain or Shine Motorcar Festival.




  • Departure from the east end of Asylum Rd for procession from Colt State Park to Independence Park in Downtown Bristol for Friday Evening Street Party.



  • Friday Night Street Party with Music (open to general public)

We will leave Colt State Park, (departure from the east end of Asylum Road for procession 5:45pm) to Independence Park in Downtown Bristol by Narragansett Bay and close to the shops, restaurants, and local watering holes where you will be greeted with reserved parking at the park and Music for the evening. If your club is interested in arranging a special Friday Evening Dinner "Explore Bristol" will help you to secure the ideal location.

Saturday, June 8th 2019

British Motorcar Show and Competitions


  • Show Field Opens to Registrants

We start the day with your arrival and the parking of your motorcar by class in the Concours d’Elegance (Judged Competition), or the British Classic Motorcar Show (People’s Choice). If your objective is to sell your motorcar then you have signed up for our British Car Corral. We present “The British Racing Paddock” for British Racing Motorcars.

  • British Motorcar Club Displays

The event will provide FREE Space for any British Motorcar Club looking to set-up a hospitality tent to attract New Members and promote their club. The Club who sets up the Best British Car Club Display may just win an award. If your club is selling merchandise then you need to register as a Vendor and be located in the British Marketplace.

Jaguare D-Type Race Car Paddock.jpg

To feature, recognize, and honor the heritage of British Motorcars in Racing we are creating or very own “British Racing Paddock” exclusively for British Racing Motorcars to be on display.

In addition to the British wares offered on Saturday there will also be a cadre of food and beverage provided to satisfy you pallet and whet your whistle.

  • British Car Corral


  • Show Field Opens to General Public

  • British Classic Motorcar Show ballot casting begins  (turn in completed ballots to the Registration area for ballot counting - Ballot collection ends promptly at 1:00PM)


  • Concours D'Elegance Judging begins


  • Arrival of the Queen

Our very own Queen will make her entrance to a royal cannon salute.



We have judges who will canvas the grounds of the show area in search of the Best examples of British Attire among car Show Registrants and Guests, and members of the general public. Winners will be presented with a Notice which they will surrender at our awards ceremony for a Special Award and have their picture taken with other winners. Categories might include: Most Humorous; Most British; Best Hat; Best Youth Costume; Best Kilt; Best Famous Brit; and others too numerous to mention. Please note this is a separate event from the Ladies Hat Competition.






  • Show Field Closes


  • Reception and dinner at Herreshoff Marine Museum - Hall of Boats (Venue change from Bristol Yacht Club to Herreshoff Marine Museum - Hall of Boats) Pre-Ticketed guests only

General Admissions

Adult General Admission (Saturday only): $10

Child General Admission (under age 12): Free

General Admission Parking no charge. 



General Public Show Field Hours

Saturday 9:00-5:00PM

Come dressed in British-inspired attire to be entered into our British Attire Competition!


“British Attire Competition”

Saturday, June 8th – British Motorcar Festival

Bristol Town Beach Area – Colt State Park

Bristol, Rhode Island


Separate from the “Queens’ Ladies Hat Competition” is the “British Attire Competition,” which is open to General Admission Attendees, Car Show Registrants and their Guests.   Our “Incognito Judges” will canvas the show grounds in search of the Best examples of British Attire.  Categories might include: Most Humorous; Most British; Best Youth Costume; Best Kilt; Best Famous Brit; and others too numerous to mention, but remember there can only be ONE Queen, so dressing as the Queen will NOT be a Winner.  During the day, you may anticipate, in the background, the Best in “British Invasion Music” to add to the British Flavor of this lifestyle event. 

British Classic Motorcar Show


The British Motorcar Festival is an Uplifting Experience

The British Motorcar Festival is an Uplifting Experience




CLASS   #2      ASTON MARTIN & LAGONDA                                                          

CLASS   #3      BENTLEY & ROLLS-ROYCE (Pre War & Early Post War)                    

CLASS   #4      BENTLEY & ROLLS-ROYCE (Shadow & Later)                                         

CLASS   #5      JAGUAR (1949-61) XK-120/140/150 (1949-1961)                               

CLASS   #6      JAGUAR (E-TYPE SERIES I /’61-’67)                                                          

CLASS   #7      JAGUAR (E-TYPE SERIES II (’68-’71) & III (‘71-’74 & V12)                 

CLASS   #8      JAGUAR XJS (1975-96)                                                                        


CLASS #10      JAGUAR - XK8, XKR & Estates                                                                    

CLASS #11     AUSTIN-HEALEY 100/6 (BN4 & BN6) & 3000, Mark I                    

                          & Mark II, III(BN7, BT7, BJ7, & BJ8)


CLASS #13      MORGANS                                                                                             

CLASS #14      MG TD &  TF                                                            

CLASS #15      MGA – 1955/6-1959 (including 1500 and Twin Cam)                                       

CLASS #16      MGA – 1959-1962 (including MGA 1600, MKII and Deluxe)                

CLASS #17      MGB- (Chrome Bumpers – 1963 - 74)                                                   

CLASS #18      MGB (Early - Rubber Bumpers – 1974&1/2 - 78)                                

CLASS #19      MGB (Late & LE - Rubber Bumpers - 1979-80)                         

CLASS #20      MGB/GT        

CLASS #21     MGC & MGC/GT                                                                                              

CLASS #22      MG-Midget                                                                                              

CLASS #23      TRIUMPH (TR-2, TR-3A, TR-3B, TR-4 & TR-250)                             

CLASS #24      TRIUMPH (TR-6 Through 1973)                                                                    

CLASS #25      TRIUMPH (TR-6 From 1974)                                                               

CLASS #26      TRIUMPH (TR-7 & TR-8)                                                                              

CLASS #27      TRIUMPH (SPITFIRE & GT6)& Triumph Other                               

CLASS #28      LOTUS – All Models                                                                                         


CLASS #30      Minis & MINIs

CLASS #31      TVR                                                                                                         

CLASS #32      BRITISH MOTORCARS  -OTHER SPORTS