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.