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Hot Rod and Custom Drive in Day

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Admire some incredible motors including Hot Rods, custom cars, American cars and more

Make it an unforgettable father’s day at the Beaulieu Hot Rod and Custom Drive In Day.

The South’s biggest Hot Rod and Custom event features hundreds of cool, colourful custom cars, live music and hip entertainment throughout the day!

You can see more photos of last year's event here.


Hot Rods, Customs, American Muscle, Chops & Bobbers will be among the hundreds of vehicles on display.

You can expect a stunning display of American motors from our local club sponsors, Solent Renegades. From classic Camaros to modern Mustangs, can you spot your dream car?

Once again there will be a fantastic range of prizes up for grabs in the following categories:

  • Best Custom
  • Best American (In association with Solent Renegades)
  • Best Hot Rod
  • Best Bike/Scooter
  • Best in Show

In addition all vehicles taking part will be entered into the People’s Choice Award with the winner, selected by public vote, receiving a coveted Beaulieu trophy.

If you own a Hot Rod, Custom or American vehicle and want to display it at our Drive-In Day simply click here for more details.


The Bows and Braces Vintage Village will be choc-a-block with a variety of high quality vintage traders celebrating decades of all things vintage. It will be an opportunity to purchase unique items from the 1920s to the 1980s for your wardrobe and decorating your home. Glamorous ladies fashion & menswear, an array of vintage jewellery, upcycled furniture, vibrant homewares and kitchenalia. Look out for vintage luggage, maps, records and curiosities.

Get your glad rags on and enter our Best-Dressed competition to show off your style! We've prizes for three exciting categories:

  • Best-dressed Individual
  • Best-dressed Family or Group
  • Best-dressed Camper Van

Vintage Victory Rollers

Vintage Victory Rollers are offering vintage inspired make overs once again at this year's event! Over the weekend you'll be able to visit the pop up salon for a killer pin-up updo and cats eye flicks to make the boys whistle!

Why not take out the stress and book in advance; for pricing and bookings please email Raye at vintagevictoryrollers@gmail.com


Miss Annie and the Midnight Shift will be playing to keep you boppin' all day long! We will also have Company B UK on hand with their nostalgic harmonies filling the arena.

Jitterbug Jive, part of the Bournemouth Lindy Hop Club, will be back for 2017. Enjoy Swing Dance Demonstrations and pull on your dancing shoes for their free Lindy Hop dance tutorials throughout the day.

Trade stands

Browse stands selling Americana, memorabilia, merchandise, accessories and more... Plus explore the Vintage Village for vintage clothing, accessories and homewares.

For Vintage Village trade stand bookings please contact Bows and Braces.

Competitions and Prizes

Are you a keen photographer and came to Hot Rod and Custom on 18 June 2017? If so we’d love to see your photos.

Send us your favourite photo from the event by the end of Tuesday 26 June to photo@beaulieu.co.uk to win a family ticket to our annual Fireworks Spectacular!

Terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of this page.


For updates on this event and others like it, join our mailing list to receive our monthly e-newsletters and more.


Tickets can be purchased in advance online or on arrival. If you own a custom, hot rod or American Classic and would be interested in taking part in the event please see the participant section.


As well as being an opportunity to see an array of custom cars and hot rods, there is also the opportunity to enjoy all that Beaulieu has to offer... Your entry will include admission to all the Beaulieu attractions including; The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.

Watch the Video

This video features coverage from a previous Hot Rod and Custom event at Beaulieu.

Photo Competition Terms and Conditions
1. There will be one winner. 2. The prize will be a family ticket for the Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular event on Saturday 28 October 2017. It cannot be used for anything else or exchanged for monetary value. 3. By submitting your photo to Beaulieu, you give us permission to use it for our advertising in the future. 4. Only one entry per person, per competition. Each photograph may only be entered once and may not be re-entered in subsequent competitions. 5. Photos must not contain nudity or any offensive material. Entries of an unseemly nature will not be entered into the competition. 6. We reserve the right to not upload entries which we deem to be inappropriate. 7. The closing date for entries is midnight on 26 June 2017 BST. 8. The winner will be determined by whichever entry has the most likes on the Beaulieu, National Motor Museum Facebook page by 12pm Friday 30 June 2017. 9. In the event of a tie, Beaulieu will make the final decision on the winning photo. 10. Please note any defamatory comments on the entries will be deleted and you will be banned from the Facebook page. 11. The competition is being run by Beauileu Enterprises Ltd, John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN.

This was our 3rd visit to the Custom and Hot Rod show and it was the best yet! … The live music from the stage all day was brilliant, we especially enjoyed the two girls duetting they had simply amazing voices... We love the tea tent with traditional cakes and china… We definitely recommend to all ages and so lovely to be able to bring the doggie.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • June 2016

A really excellent day once again, well set out, will be back again for this show next year.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • June 2016

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