Annual Hanworth Classic 40’s and 50’s Jive Dance and Classic Car Event

28th of June 2015
@ Bushy Park, Hampton Court
Review and Photos: Claudia Bauch and Steve Salmon

The charity event “Hanworth Classic” came to life in order to boost visitor numbers for the “Hanworth Carnival” back in 2009.  The show started with a small number of cars on display, all owned by the organizers of the event.

Over the following years, more and more classic cars, hot rods and military vehicles were added to the event. The final additions came in 2011, when a dance floor was introduced to the show, giving visitors and the Kingston Swing Jive Club the chance, to dance along to classic 1940’s & 1950’s Jive, Swing and Rock’n’Roll.


Hanworth Classic” has now become a regular annual event at Bushy Park, raising large amounts of money for local charities and the “Shooting Star/ Chase Children Hospices”.
Since then, hundreds of dancers, visitors and cars have attended the show, dressed in period clothing and the large picnic area really makes this a special event for the whole family.
We arrived at Bushy Park just after 11am and the arena was already filled with vintage cars, classic cars, hot rods, military vehicles,classic motor cycles, a big dance floor and loads of refreshment stalls.


This year, the weather wasn’t to kind to us but the rain didn’t take anything away from the charm of this great event.


After a short catch up with our friends, we made our way into the arena, where we were able to admire a huge number of beautiful vintage cars, hot rods, military vehicles and a classic 1950’s fire engine.

Once we made our first round around the arena,  we stopped at the big dance floor to have a look at the large amount of jive and rock’n’roll dancers (incl. visitors) and to enjoy a light refreshment. We then continued our stroll, browsing the raffle stalls and food stalls, which all had a wonderful selection of cake and drinks on offer before making our way home.


 “Hanworth Classic” truly is a wonderful day out for the whole family, not just for classic and vintage car enthusiasts.


The knowledge, that all the money taken from the event is given to charity, makes it the perfect combination of fun and helping others and we are already now looking forward to next years event!


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