Beaulieu International Autojumble 2013

Like the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Revival, the Beaulieu International Autojumble grew from humble origins to become a world renowned institution.

In 1967, a corner of a field where the motor museum now stands sprouted around eighty stalls, selling all sorts of automobilia, that in itself probably a new word for the time, as was “autojumble,”  a word devised by Michael Ware and Lord Montagu, who were both keen to avoid descriptions such as “swap meet” and “flea market.”

Some five thousand people turned up to that original autojumble. Nowadays, well over two thousand stalls fill more than seventeen acres. Up to two hundred cars are available for sale from dealers and private owners, whilst the Bonhams Auction marquee always has lots of high interest.

The “International” aspect of Beaulieu is evidenced by the number of foreign voices to be heard there and, in recent years, the number of foreign stalls has increased markedly, adding to the overall flavour of the event.

Be warned: Beaulieu Autojumble is a dangerous place. You must go there with a clear mind and a list of “wants.” Failure to keep to that list can result in going home and explaining to your family how you came to buy a Panhard PL17, an enormous enamel sign, a velocipede or some rusting relic, because the price was right. It’s no use using the old “where would you find another?” reasoning, either. You might never be allowed out on your own again! Oh, and by the way, no, that louvred big Healey bonnet wouldn’t make a great piece of wall art. Ask your wife.

Next year’s Spring Autojumble will be held on 17-18 May 2014. The main one will be staged on either 6-7 or 13-14 September 2014; whichever doesn’t clash with the Goodwood Revival.

Another oddity was the 153 Nash Healey Le Mans roadster. £65,000

De Dion Bouton - some parts missing...

A Velorex skeleton

The wonderful 1935 Railton Rolls-Royce Blue Bird is on holiday at Beaulieu, before its return to America after its Goodwood outing

Isotta Fraschini - just the job for Goodwood VSSC Day

More classic clothes, plus a SWB Mini

A 1901 AuTomoTo. Couldn't be anything else.

A potential entry for the Settrington Cup

Flared arches on a Berkeley. Front only, though!

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Article by Barry Wiseman

Posted September 10, 2013.

Tags: Beaulieu, autojumble, Beaulieu, autojumble

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