THE EVENT

The Cotswold Classic Car Run in September each year is in Memory of Roger Cook, a classic car owner and enthusiast and a long-term member of the Classic and Historic Motor Club.

It’s highly recommended to book early to avoid disappointment on this special day as there is limited spaces available.

Join us with your Classic car on a tour through the rolling hills, sweeping meadows, bucolic village and stately homes of the beautiful Cotswold.

TO ENTER THIS YEARS EVENT

Cotswold Classic Run is open to all classic vehicles manufactured pre-1995 however places are limited and entrance is by pre-booking only. Entries on the day are not permitted. Unfortunately, this year’s event will not be open to the public, this is due to the COVID 19 guidelines. However, it goes without saying that we will all do our best to satisfy safety measures, as protecting our members, organisers, marshals and entrants will be our main priority.

Social Distancing will be in place and plenty of sanitation stations will be set up

This year’s event will have the Roaring Twenties Attire again due to the fantastic success of 2019 event, So dust off your Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey or The Great Gatsby outfits ready.

There will be plenty of silverware up for grabs, 1st 2nd 3rd, Plus Trophies for Best Dressed Gentleman, Best Dressed Lady & Best Dressed Entourage. (Please dress according Peaky Blinders 1920’s to 1930’s). All the winners will be invited to the podium area for the traditional CCR champagne celebration.

Supported Charity

We are proud to be supporting Children’s Hospice South West charity this year. Last year we raised an amazing £916, thanks to all involved in last years event.

For more than 25 years Children’s Hospice South West has been caring for children with life-threatening conditions by providing children’s hospice and professional family support services. They are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives through the provision of the best possible hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. The care offered at each of their three hospices is not just about medical and nursing support for sick children but enriching lives of the children and their whole family.

They provide care and support to families living in the South West, who have children with life-limiting conditions. They provide specialist palliative care, respite for the whole family, a sibling service for brothers and sisters, emergency support, end of life care and a bereavement service for as long as is needed.

In memory of Roger Cook

A classic car owner and enthusiast who sadly passed away in 2017

Born in Gilbert Road, Kingswood, in Bristol to parents Stan and Myrtle, Roger was the youngest of three sons, his brothers being Douglas and Arnold. He attended local junior schools and spent his secondary school years at Woodstock School for Boys. On leaving school at fifteen, he joined his father and brothers at the small family car repair business based in Hall’s Road, Kingswood where he learned mechanical and body repairs.

In the mid-50’s, the business moved to larger premises in Station Road, Kingswood and it was here that Roger’s love of sports cars started. His first car was a Bond 3-wheeler which didn’t exactly qualify as a sports car but he quickly moved onto MG’s with a keen interest in club events, rallying, trials, and circuits. He was extremely competitive and did well in all the events he entered.

Roger & Sue Cook in their Austin Healey 3000

(left to right) Stan, Doug, Roger & Arnold Cook Founders of S J Cook & Sons

The other big passion was his working life. He played an important role in developing the company’s bodyshop throughout his career. The business grew steadily through the 1970’s and 1980’s developing very close partnerships with insurance companies who provided the majority of work. He always played to one of his key strengths which was ‘people.’ Roger was a people-person and everybody in the repair industry knew him and respected him.

He worked tirelessly at improving the bodyshop business working every day with his father Stan, until Stan’s death in 1985, and of course with Sue who was always there to keep him in check! As the bodyshop industry evolved so too did the need for investment. In the mid-90’s the business expanded by acquiring a second bodyshop, ironically in Hall’s Road, Kingswood where Stan, Douglas, Arnold and Roger started back in the 1950’s. It was a home-coming which was to last only four years as the site was acquired by Somerfield, the supermarket chain in 1998.

The Venue

Grittleton House

Grittleton is a picturesque village situated on the edge of the Cotswolds and surrounded by glorious English countryside. The Grittleton Estate was formally owned by the Neeld family. Most houses are now privately owned but still maintain their original charm. Grittleton House is currently owned by the Shipp family.

The Victorian Manor House is situated in 35 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens and has been described as an Italianate Gothic Mansion.  It boasts many original features particularly on the ground floor throughout the state rooms, library and entrance hall.

Situated within the grounds are the Old Stables & Stable Yard, the original Victorian equestrian features add to the character and charm. The sympathetically converted buildings, comprising of the Carriage House, Clock Tower, Tack Room, Apple Store and Old Stables are all arranged around the central courtyard with magnificent views of the main house and gardens.

Our Next Event

20 september 2020

There’s still time to join us for this year’s event. Limited spaces are available and will be accepted by a first come first serve basis. We can’t wait to welcoming you all on the day!

View our gallery

Take a look at our stunning, professional photographs of previous years events.