It’s that time of year again when motoring devotees turn their thoughts to making their annual pilgrimage to the spiritual home of autojumbling for the world-famous Beaulieu International Autojumble on the 7th and 8thSeptember.
Now in its 47th year, this event shows no signs of slowing with a total of 38,500 people flocking to Beaulieu for last year’s two day show. The International Autojumble undeniably remains the biggest sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic.
The 2,000 available stand spaces are much in demand, and expected to sell out quickly, so if you have yet to book your spot, make your booking soon to avoid disappointment. For visitors, the stands are a treasure trove of motoring parts, accessories, automobilia, literature, tools, clothing, thingummybobs, whatchamacallits and much much more – you cannot fail to pick up a bargain.
All the traditional elements of the International Autojumble will be present; visit the Automart where up to 200 vehicles will be on sale, from restoration projects to concours condition vehicles or take a look around the Dealermart, selling a range of classic cars.
The event is known for its cosmopolitan flavour, with increasing numbers of overseas visitors attending and a wide variety of languages to be heard on the event fields. For stand-holders it is as much about renewing friendships and socialising as it is about selling, with many having exhibited for more than 25 years and some who attended the very first autojumble in 1967.
Head over to Ringwood Brewery’s stand for a taste of their own cask beer. Making its debut as a show sponsor, Ringwood has been producing beautiful craft ales at its brewery on the edge of the New Forest since 1978 and the company’s four permanent ales – Best Bitter, Fortyniner, Old Thumper and Boondoggle – are favourites with New Forest residents.
On the Saturday, Bonhams auction house will be running its popular sale of collectors’ cars, motorcycles and automobilia. If you fancy bidding on an item or two please bear in mind that you can only gain entry with a catalogue (available to purchase on tel. 0207 393 3900).
Sunday will see the opening of Trunk Traders, where amateur autojumblers will be selling surplus motoring items from their car boots. This is a great place to find hidden motoring gems at bargain prices, so don’t miss it! Alternatively, if you need to clear space in your garage, why not book a place in Trunk Traders for yourself?
Admission to Beaulieu on both days will be from 8.30am, when programmes will be available to purchase and visitors will be able to access the National Motor Museum, toilets, and Brabazon Restaurant, where breakfast will be served. The event will open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, and from 9.30am – 4.30pm on Sunday. On the day inclusive ticket prices are one day adult, £14.50 (Sat), £13.00 (Sun), one day child, £9.00 (Sat), and £8.70 (Sun), less if purchased in advance online at www.beaulieushop.co.uk until 5th September, and by telephone on 01590 612888 until 7th September.