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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

Visitors made it an unforgettable Father’s Day at the Beaulieu Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day on Sunday 16th June.

The South’s biggest Hot Rod and Custom event featured 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.

Stay tuned for details of the 2020 event...

Amazing vehicles

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

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

Once again there was 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

Special Features

Vintage Village

The Bows and Braces Vintage Village was choc-a-block with a variety of high quality vintage traders celebrating decades of all things vintage. It was 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.

Hot Rod and Custom best dressed

Best Dressed Competition

Visitors got their glad rags on and entered our Best-Dressed competition. We gave prizes for three exciting categories:

  • Best-dressed Individual
  • Best-dressed Family or Group
  • Best dressed car

Meet our new ambassador

Visitors had the chance to meet Andy Saunders - one of the best known customised car builders this side of the Atlantic - in his new role as Ambassador for Beaulieu's Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day. They saw his immaculate 1937 Cord 812 Westchester Tetanus up close, chatted to Andy and took a look at the parts for his next project.

Andy Saunders with Tetanus - Art of Kustom

Live Entertainment

We had a wide range of entertainment taking place throughout the weekend.

  • The Spitfire Sisters
  • The Bad Detectives
  • Jitterbug Jive
  • Event Roaming Mariachi el Mexicano Band



Participant prices are only valid if arriving in a qualifying vehicle and taking part in the event. They are not valid for those arriving on foot.

Ticket details for Hot Rod and Custom 2020 will be announced soon!


As well as being an opportunity to see an array of custom cars and hot rods, there was also the opportunity to enjoy all that Beaulieu has to offer... Entry included 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.

Keep In Touch

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Are tickets per person or per vehicle?
Tickets are charged per person.

Is camping available?
Camping is available for all participants attending the Hot Rod and Custom Drive In Day, please see the 'Participant' section for details.

Can I photograph/ film the event?
Whilst Beaulieu welcomes visitors to take their own still images and film whilst at an event, these should be for personal use only and not for commercial resale without the prior consent of Beaulieu. All commercial requests must be emailed to pr@beaulieu.co.uk prior to attending an event.

Can I bring my drone?
No, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones by visitors for film and photography purposes whilst on the Beaulieu attraction car parking and other related parkland and grounds is strictly prohibited.

Can I use my return for free?
If you are visiting the event you can use your return for free however it is not valid for those wishing to show their vehicle

Can I use my Gift Aid Pass?
If you wish to visit the event using your Gift Aid Pass, an upgrade charge is payable at the point of entry.

For more frequently asked questions please visit our FAQ page.

What a wonderful way to spend Father’s Day!

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