I started this event back in 2002, when a similar local event had proved diificult to get into and out of the 2 previous years. What started as a small bunch of 50 or so, mainly Yank & Hot Rod owners, meeting up in one car park, has evolved into the massive event it is now ( averaging 6 -700 Cars, 250 plus Bikes !! ) & has now become one of the largest meets of it's kind on the south coast, a popular event for Romsey locals and the highlight of many PRE 1976 vehicle owners' Christmas's! The event became an event solely for PRE 1973 vehicles in it's 2nd year ( the free car road tax year for classics at that time ) but was extended to PRE 1976 when we gained use of another car park in 2008. The HUGE numbers of eligible year vehicles that attend, restricts us from extending the cut off years further sadly.
It was always my intention that the event be free entry to both vehicle owners & spectators alike but the personal costs to host it started to spiral as the event grew in popularity & in 2007 the U.K's leading specialist vehicle insurers
...became sponsors of the event & their financial support has been invaluable in both helping me continue to run it & keeping it as free entry. Since the events inception we have always had a collection for charity, & the event has raised thousands of pounds for charities such as Macmillan, Wessex Cancer & N.S.P.C.C amongst others. For this last 10 years, due to it's tremendous popularity as a charity choice, we have collected for PROSTATE CANCER UK and have so far raised over £22,000 for them alone. The charity collection and the amazing numbers of spectators attending the event are a huge & fun part of it's make up.
I hope you'll enjoy your look around here, be sure to check out our fantastic "Pic Galleries" for photos from previous years, ( 2015 onwards can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/137205637@N08/ ) & also Andy Windibank's brilliant video shorts of our 2012, 2013, 2014,2015 & 2016 events. Please remember ... if your vehicle doesn't fit our well advertised categories please park responsibly elsewhere in the town, thank you!
Romsey's Annual Boxing Day PRE 1976 Car & Bike Meet(Pre '86 Yanks & Hot Rods )