Yet again our luck held for 2017 - we could not have wished for a better day! Since the exceptional summers of the 70s we'd had an unbroken run of fime weathe runtil 2014 & 2015, since when we've been back on track, hopefully again for 2018. But then we're in sunny Folkestone!
As you'll see from the pictures below, we again had over 400 cars, and more visitors than ever. To see the rally programme and list of advnce entrants, click here.
One new development this year has been the formation of the Grand Oldtimers Car Club, which had its first meeting in July, and is now meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at The Grand. Signing up at the head of this page costs nothing; the objective is to be able to attend rallies elsewhere as a group, and also to organise group outings to places of interest, which it is intended will include car collections of some of our rally participants, including possibly cross Channel outings to our French participants, who were here in larger force than ever this year..
For a rally entry form for 2018 to download and print,click here.
Those not on the internet can obtain a paper entry form by sending a Stamped Addressed Envelope to the Secretary, Eileen Watling, Lynsted Cottage, Farthing Common, Lyminge CT18 8DH.
If you are not already registered for periodic email updates, please click here.
‘Oldtimer’ is the modern Continental English for ‘classic car’. Car rallies have been held here at least since 1896 (just before the first London-Brighton run); the first one marque car rally ever was held here in 1933, for Rileys (one of the Riley brothers lived locally); in 1964 there were more Rolls-Royces per head of population in Folkestone than any other town in the world, and in the 70s the rally became established as the Rolls-Royce Parade. In the 80s & 90s it became part of the local authority sponsored Shepway Airshow.
In the 21st century our main rally has reverted to its roots as the Oldtimer Rally – a good day out for participants and anyone else who wishes to visit and enjoy the atmosphere.
Its situation, on The Leas in front of The Grand, is probably one of the finest such spots anywhere in the world, with a backdrop of majestic late Victorian and Edwardian buildings and views across the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel to France on clear days. And clear days they usually are – since the summer heat waves of the mid 70 there has almost invariably been fine weather on the day of the rally - save for 2014 & 2015!
Should it rain, The Grand’s Palm Court, a glazed terrace overlooking the rally site, couldn’t be a finer retreat, and was well put to the test these last two years. As can be seen from the links from this page, refreshments and meals are readily available there and in the adjacent accommodation which also contains rooms and apartments for those who wish to make more than a day’s outing for the annual occasion.
Chairman Michael Stainer
Secretary Eileen Watling
Folkestone & Hythe Express 30 Aug 2017
The Grand supports
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