Friday, June 8th 2018

The Bristol Hidden Highway Road Tour


By popular demand the Hidden Highway Road Tour will be offered once again as the kickoff event of the 2018 British Motorcar Festival Weekend.

For 2018,  the Hidden Highway Road Tour will charter a route that will take in Tiverton and Portsmouth, RI and Westport, MA.  The tour will include lunch, including wine service at a local vineyard. This will be a pre-registered ONLY event, so that we can plan for lunch, and produce the needed collateral materials to include personalized name badges and windscreen car cards, lunch tickets, and order tour completion ribbons for the entrants.  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 9:00 AM on Friday, June 8th.  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
NEW: This year we will allow registration from 12:00pm-5:00pm on FRIDAY (excluding Concours) for an additional cost.

 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 28th. We will not be registering any new entries on Saturday for car show entry or vendor participation. This is a Rain or Shine Motorcar Festival.


A collection of British Companies and vendors selling British, and British-inspired products and services. Hard to find car spares, motoring accessories, British food, Regalia, and more.
  • British Car Corral Open to Registrants
An opportunity to buy or sell a British Motor Car or Motorcycle. "For Sale" signs are NOT allowed on the show field. You may place a car for sale in the Car Corral, but in so doing, it cannot compete for honors on the show field.


  •    Registrants Reception, Registration Tent on the showgrounds of Colt State Park.



  • Departure of procession from Colt State Park to Independence Park in Downtown Bristol for Friday Evening Street Party.  The winners of the Explore Bristol Fun Rally (see above) will be announced and prizes presented at Independence Park.



  • Friday Night Street Party with British Invasion Music (open to general public)
We will leave Colt State Park in a 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 British Invasion 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 9th 2018

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. Each Entrant in this special category will receive an Entrant Ribbon from the weekend.
For those seeking to purchase a brand New British motoring Classic.
In addition to the British wares offered on Friday 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)



  • 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. The Lucky Group of Winners will be chosen as the Best of the Best out of close to twenty possible categories. 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 the Bristol Yacht Club.  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 9th – 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.  The lucky Winners will be chosen as the Best of the Best out of close to twenty possible categories. 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