The Footman James 40th Bristol Classic Car Show 2019

Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN
9:30 am – 4:00 pm 22-23 June 2019

The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show is the longest-running event of its kind in the UK.  The Show is supported by numerous classic car clubs putting on different displays and many classic car owners take advantage of the reduced-price entry for arriving in a classic car.  This makes the classic car park an added attraction. The weekend culminates with the Charterhouse Auction.

The halls house a wide range of independent traders including specialist suppliers of parts, tools and vintage memorabilia, along with service providers. One of the largest areas is dedicated to a huge indoor autojumble.

Wolseley Register club stand

The Wolseley Register exhibited 3 vehicles spanning 30 years of production at this popular annual Show.  All the exhibits were driven to the Showground by their owners and attracted much attention from visitors and fellow-members of the club.

1933 WOLSELEY 21/60 ‘COUNTY’YJ 502:-

Wolseley “County” model showing illuminated badge

Colour: Blue over Black

This car has been extremely well preserved and maintained to a very high standard.  The current owner purchased it in November 2018 but it was previously owned by a Register Member and was a prize-winning exhibit at the 1987 Bristol Classic Car Show.

This model saw the introduction of the famous illuminated Wolseley badge, previous badges being enamel.


“Highly Commended” Wolseley 12/48

Colour: Trafalgar Blue

This car has been in the same family for all of its 80 years, having transferred to the current owner in 1970, just a year after he joined the Wolseley Register.  It has been used and enjoyed as a running restoration.  In 2013 a respray project turned into a full body-off restoration!

This exhibit earned a well-deserved Highly Commended rosette at the Show.

1960 WOLSELEY 15/60 – XAA 959:-

Wolseley 15/60

Colour: Yukon Grey, Interior: Red Leather

This car had the same owner from new for 54 years and has been owned by a Wolseley Register Member since November 2018.  At only 27,000 miles, the car is still very original, having never been welded or painted.

Several Wolseleys were spotted in the Classic Car Park over the weekend belonging to Register Members and others.  In addition, two Wolseleys were present on other club stands.



Many technical and membership queries were dealt with by experienced and enthusiastic club personnel manning the stand.  The club merchandise stall was well-patronised.

Regalia stall selling club merchandise

Thanks to all the exhibitors, club members and visitors who contributed to the success of this event.  The Wolseley Register will be back for the Classic Restoration Show on 2-3 November 2019.

J R RYDER 27/06/19