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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.

For more information about displaying your vehicle at the event, please click here.


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 Male
  • Best-dressed Female
  • Best-dressed Family or Group

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.


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.

Keep an eye on this page as further live entertainment is TBC!

Competitions and Prizes

We will also be running our usual post-event photo competition, keep your eyes peeled for more details on how to enter!


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.

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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