Ingatestone Hall Classic Car Show 2021 CANCELLED

Date: CANCELLED - No more shows. : The show is CANCELLED - Venue not ready/suitable - aka The DLOC Great Eastern Rally

WHEN :- CANCELLED - Venue not ready

WHERE :- Ingatestone Hall, Hall Ln, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NR

REGISTER :- Sorry Registration is now closed

Cancelled - The Ingatestone Classic 2021-Registration Closed

This show is cancelled. The venue is simply not ready. In the past the grass has been long but for this years show it has not been cut, I cannot walk through it and parking a car might cause too much damage. I am absolutely devasted, months, years of planning out the window the night before.

The Hall steadfastly refused to let me cut it so I was cornered. The risks I could never live with, hot long dry grass, low sumps, old cars, petrol, oil = fire.

Sunday 18th July 2021 is cancelled, at the venue the grass has been left way too long to safely get through on foot. Vehicles will get ruined. Risk of fire too great.

Everything goes through PayPal so registrations will be refunded. If you have not had refund back by the end of August please let me know.

I did everything I possibly could to ensure we could still go ahead, I, with help from the caterer who has lost a fortune in wasted food, even arranged for someone to cut the grass the same night. The event manager Christopher Singh said yes and naturally I was over the moon, the show goes on.

Then at 17:21 I receive another call, he said after discussion this was not permitted, no, you can't cut the grass and so it follows the show could not go ahead.

I asked "Why"? He explained there was an event inside the hall that evening and cutting the grass might disrupt this.
So I said "OK, no problem we'll do it in the morning".

Again "no", it won't be cut the right way, the lay of the grass it has to be done a certain way.
I said I would supervise it

but again he said no, staff had been laid off/told not to come in.
I said I will proivide some volunteers

and again he said "No" and I can't rememebr what the next reason was....

There comes a point you just know when you aren't going to make any headway. Its the 3rd time this year he had called the show off, cancelled this event. The previous 2 times his decision was reversed.

I moved heaven and earth, as did many people, to make this Ingatestone Hall show happen. Its been stressful and incredibly expensive.
Being cornered and forced into cancelleing an event at the very last minute after years of planning and preparation is absolutley devastating. Emotionally and financially.

Toilets were paid for and had arrived, food organised, signage, even this website has costs to cover, everything yet the grass was left so long it would be unsafe and dangerous. There was no plan to cut it nor was I allowed to do it.

With £1000's expensive vehicles this could not possibly work. I won't run this show again cancelling the night before loses too much confidence.
It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you and hopefully we will again in the future.

General Questions

Please aim to arrive by say 8:45am. As early as 7.30am if you like.
As a general rule older than 25 years but if it is a vehicle of interest then come along. If in doubt drop me an email. We had stunning Maseratis and a widebody Z3 in 2019
Yes you are welcome to bring your own gazebo/stand for your car club although you will be responsible for erecting and taking it down as the show organiser holds no responsibility for your stands.
No there is no camping available as the venue is not set up for this.
Yes, 3 toilets (portable) onsite open from 7.30am.
You can but we would encourage you to stay, you might win a raffle prize.
Yes you are welcome to bring your own food and drink. Please ensure you take your rubbish home.
Yes, vendors will sell hot and cold snacks as well as drinks and ice creams.
Registering your vehicle helps to cover the costs of putting on the show i.e toilets (which cost hundreds), insurance, this website, the banners etc. This is a smaller show to meet other enthusiasts and talk/enjoy cars, a bit more back to basics I don't want a big commercial event but I do have to ensure unrecoverable costs for this year and the next are met in the worst case such as heavy rain, covid etc. Its all quite expensive. Whatever is left goes to charity.
If there is room yes but no guarantee. It is £10 on the day. Space may be limited and we will give priority to pre registered cars.


This show is held in the grounds of Ingatestone Hall, it is NOT run by Ingatestone Hall, the owners are kind enough to allow us to use the fields for the show. Ingatestone Hall was built by Sir William Petre. His descendants live in the house to this day. Wikipedia to find out more

Address: Hall Ln, Ingatestone CM4 9NR

Click for directions and map

The Hall stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms and is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond.

As you enter the grounds you will see several entrances. The front hall entrance is on the furthest right. Car show vehicles and disabled take the centre entrance.  * visit the gallery to see pictures of how to get there.

Enjoy an afternoon at Ingatestone Hall touring the eight principal rooms containing paintings, furniture and memorabilia accumulated over the centuries and wander in the ten acres of gardens. Children will love finding the pigs or the lion and if someone can tell me the name of the huge leafs in the pond I would like to know :-)

No photography in house. Suitablity for the Disabled: Partial. WCs. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Suitability for Dogs: Only guide dogs inside. Outside the grounds please ensure dogs are kept on a leash.

Ingatestone Hall is a Grade I listed 16th-century manor house in Essex, England some 5 miles south west of Chelmsford.

Postcode for satnav  CM4 9NR     Location Map from Google

We are very privileged to be allowed to use the grounds of Ingatestone Hall by the owners. Here are some details regarding accessing Ingatestone Hall.

Opening details for the Hall

Season Dates Opening Hours
Sun 27 Mar - Wed 28 Sep 2016 Wed 12:00 to 17:00 | Sun 12:00 to 17:00
Open Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Afternoons from Easter to the End of September (EXCEPT Wednesdays in June)

Prices:  (Please check Ingatestone Hall for latest prices) Adult £7.00, Child £3.00 (under 5yrs Free), Conc. £6.00. (Groups of 20+ booked in advance: Adult £6.00, Child £2.00, Conc. £5.00.)

Disabled Access: The show is in a field. Disabled visitors can park close to the main show area by driving further down and not parking at the top (see gallery for details). Disabled Access inside the Hall is partial.

Also at this Venue 

  • Group VisitsGroup Visits
  • Educational VisitsEducational Visits
  • Meeting RoomsMeeting Rooms
  • WeddingsWeddings
  • BanquetBanquet
  • FilmingFilming
  • Conference CentreConference Centre
  • Ingatestone Hall Classic Car Show / THE DLOC GREAT EASTERN RALLY.

    2020 marks the 44th year of this event.

    The Ingatestone Classic Car Show is a gathering of classic and interesting vehicles, which has been an annual event since it was started in 1975. 2020 will mark the 44th year. 2019 was the best attended event with over 240 classic vehicles and 1500 visitors with 2 fields of classics on show. In 2018 we had over 270 cars booked to show but were hit with some dreadful weather which limited attendees

    It is a ever growing popular event for both car owners and visitors alike, held in the grounds with the stunning backdrop of of Ingatestone Hall, the historic ancestral home of Lord Petre.

    Ingatestone Hall is a Tudor Manor house which will is open to the public from 12.00 (please check with the house for exact times. A separate entry fee applies. It is located in Hall Lane (a continuation of Station Road), Ingatestone (Near Brentwood), Essex. The location tab has more details such as postcode and maps.

    In the past, along with a rich variety of classic cars, there have been armoured cars, large limousines, ex Royal cars, cars from the dawn of motoring as old as 1904 through to a McLaren F1. Micro-cars, kit cars, custom cars, busses, lorries, army vehicles, motorcycles, classic caravans, a steam lorry, a traction engine, a 1909 Daimler with (perhaps) the oldest surviving Daimler sleeve valve engine in the world, an Essex Super Six Challenger and even a boat (on a trailer).

    The show is a static event and we encourage owners to meet up and with visitors to socialise and discuss matters relating to their vehicles, or anything else of interest. Numbers are limited to 300 vehicles to give people the chance to get to know the other cars and people. I want this to be a warm friendly event.

    Owners, passengers and visitors may choose to picnic, view the house and the grounds or visit the tea room. The grounds are stunning and a lovely, peaceful area to relax.

    There are toilets provided, refreshments (tea, coffee, ice cream), good quality hot snacks with plenty of disabled access/parking. A vehicle information booklet will be available for download via the gallery after registration closes. It will be a pdf you can download/print out at home and will greatly improve your appreciation of the stunning cars on display.
    Previous Shows List aka the GER (GREAT EASTERN RALLY) for a time.





    15th Sept    1974   

    Southern Rally. Hatfield House, Hatfield,Hertfordshire.



    4th May      1975   


    Knebworth House, Near Stevenage, Hertfordshire.(1st G.E.R.).    



    23rd May     1976   


    Knebworth House, Near Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

    (2nd G.E.R.).


    11th Sept    1977   

    Hylands Park, near Writtle, Essex. (3rd G.E.R.).

    (There was also a two day Essex Branch rally and

    "village weekend" at Pleshey in June 1977).


    24th Sept    1978   

    Salisbury Hall, South Mimms, Hertfordshire.



    9th Sept     1979   


    Hylands Park, near Writtle, Essex. (With Chelmsford Samaritans).




    27th July      1980   



    Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk. First use of the actual name “Great Eastern Rally” by the new rally organiser John Veal.


    19th July     1981   

    Ickworth Hall, Suffolk.


    11th July     1982   

    Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire.


    17th July     1983   

    Anglesea Abbey, Lode, Cambridgeshire.


    15th July     1984   

    Easton Manor Farm, Wickham Market, Suffolk.


    21st July     1985   

    Melford Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk.


    20th July     1986   

    The Museum of East Anglia life, Stowmarket. 1987  &  1988    Rallies cancelled.


    9th July       1989   

    Salisbury Hall, South Mimms, Hertfordshire.


    22nd July    1990   

    Salisbury Hall, South Mimms, Hertfordshire.


    21st July     1991   

    Hyde Hall Garden, Rettendon, Essex.


    12th July     1992   

    Hyde Hall Garden, Rettendon, Essex.


    25th July     1993   

    Hyde Hall Garden, Rettendon, Essex.


    24th July     1994   

    Blake Hall, Bobbingworth, Essex.


    24th Sept    1995   

    Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Brentwood, Essex.



    21st July     1996   


    Duxford Imperial Aircraft Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.


    20th July     1997   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    26th July     1998   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    25th July     1999   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    23th July     2000   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    22nd July    2001   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    21st July     2002   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    20th July     2003   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    25th July     2004   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    24th July     2005   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    23rd July     2006   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    22nd July    2007   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    20th July      2008   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    26th July     2009   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    25th July     2010   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    24th July     2011   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    22nd July     2012   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    21st  July      2013

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex.


    27th July      2014   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex


    26th July      2015   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex


    24th July      2016   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex


    23rd July      2017   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex


    29nd July     2018   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex


    21st July     2019   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex


    19th July      2020   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex  ** CANCELLED due to Coronavirus


    18th July     2021   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex  ** CANCELLED - Venue not able to host this event


    17th July     2022   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex  ** CANCELLED - Venue not able to reliably host this event


    23rd July     2023   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex  ** CANCELLED - Venue not able to reliably host this event


    21st July     2024   

    Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex  ** CANCELLED - Venue not able to reliably host this event

    This is a permanantly cancelled event. Afer 44 years the venue is simply not able to reliably host the event. Show owners please register using the link above.

    Raffle Tickets/Car Registration
    Exhibitors buy raffle tickets by registering their vehicle. This helps to cover the running costs of the show. Funds left over are donated to charity. Any amount you register over £10 will buy you raffle tickets. (£10=1 tickets) etc.

    There has always been a raffle so the plan was to continue this but make it a bit easier to manage. It ensures costs are covered and is easier to manage by pre registering.

    You are welcome to donate more/buy more tickets and members of the public can also buy raffle tickets too.

    Show Location : Ingatestone Hall, Hall Ln, Ingatestone CM4 9NR

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