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07 August 2017 Blog

Motorpoint blogger Ken Gibson explains why he's such a big fan of the Festival of the Unexceptional

“What I like about this event, and others like it, is just how much the car owners love their unexceptional cars just as much as the owners of say a Ferrari or McLaren”

As the Motoring Editor of The Sun for over 20 years I’ve visited my fair share of motor shows. On the whole they are extremely glamorous, money no object affairs with the very latest cutting edge models on display.

But what ever happened to those so-called motoring mongrels of the past that really never got the opportunity to shine up on the motor show stands?

The answer is the annual Festival of the Unexceptional. For those not in the know in essence the Festival is a celebration of some of the most mundane and boring vehicles of the past. Cars like the Austin Allegro, Morris Marina, Hillman Avenger, Nissan Sunny, DAF, Austin Metro and the Hyundai Stellar were all on show at this year’s event.

And that’s just too name a few. There were old Skoda’s before they became trendy, as well as models from Lancia, Fiat, and many more to boot (if you’ll excuse the pun) to wow the 2,000 plus people that attended.

I was delighted to see that one of the Judges winners at the show (The People's Choice) was an Eighties Maestro, which ironically, was my first ever company car. What I like about this event, and others like it, is just how much the car owners love their unexceptional cars just as much as the owners of say a Ferrari or McLaren. So well done to the show’s organisers for proving that you can celebrate the unexceptional just as much as the exceptional!

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About the author

Ken Gibson was Motoring Editor for The Sun for 23 years during which time he became one of the best known motoring newspaper journalists in the world. Over that period Ken tested thousands of cars from super minis to SUVs and super cars, and drove millions of miles all over the world.

As well as writing a blog covering the motoring issues of the day, he also independently road tests and creates video reviews on a cross section of cars sold by Motorpoint.