Deal Classic Motor Show returns to Betteshanger Park, Deal, for display of vintage vehicles

A fleet of classic motors are set to stop at Betteshanger Park for the annual Deal Classic Motor Show.

Over 700 beautiful vintage vehicles will come to the national park for an exhibition of the best vintage British cars and motorcycles.

The Deal Classic Motor Show returns for its second year to Betteshanger Park in May. Photo: Deal Classic Motor Show

Expect to see rare models, refurbished engines and cars you might remember from your first days of driving.

Before the pandemic, the event was held for 10 years in Walmer Green, near Deal seafront, but has since had to move to the nearby park due to funding.

Event organizer Chris West said: “Some people are disappointed the show isn’t on Walmer Green.

“From 2009 to 2019 the Deal Classic Motor Show was on Walmer Green. In 2019 we had 1,027 classic vehicles and around 15,000 visitors throughout the day who had free entry to the event as it was was an open public space.

“Due to Covid-19 the show did not take place in 2020 and in 2021 we had to move the show to Betteshanger Park due to government restrictions. To run a show such as the Deal Classic Motor on Walmer Green, we must have raised over £10,000 each year.

The newly opened Kent Mining Museum and Visitor Center is also at Betteshanger Park, which hosted the motor show last year.  Photo: Tom Webb
The newly opened Kent Mining Museum and Visitor Center is also at Betteshanger Park, which hosted the motor show last year. Photo: Tom Webb

“This year we have not been able to secure the sponsorship we need to stage the show on Walmer Green, due to the current economic climate and local business difficulties.

“Betteshanger Park is now fully open with great attractions such as the Mining Museum and I’m very excited to be hosting the Deal Classic Motor Show there.”

However, if you’re not the world’s biggest car enthusiast, don’t worry – it’s not all about engines.

There will also be plenty of live music throughout the day, including four-time Brit Award-nominated Toploader.

The 2000s band from East Sussex achieved huge success with their 2000 hit single, Dancing in the Moonlight, and have sold over 2 million albums worldwide.

They’ll be backed by a number of other artists, including the Smokin’ Mavericks, to keep you entertained all day.

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Visitors can expect live music, vintage vehicles and street food vendors for a fun-filled day. Photo: Deal Classic Motor Show

The event also raises funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, as well as the recently opened Kent Mining Museum in Betteshanger.

“Each year we have supported the RNLI Walmer Lifeboat and they have raised over £30,000 through the Classic Motor Show,” says Chris.

The Deal Classic Motor Show takes place on Saturday 28th May at Betteshanger Park, Deal. To reserve tickets, click here.

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