Carole Nash Barn Find

The show is home to the UK's biggest Barn Find display with around 20 barn finds in various states of rust, all bidding for visitors votes to be crowned the winner. 

How do you define a 'barn find'? To some, it has to be a vehicle covered in four decades worth of dust but to others, it is a car that has lain dormant for many years. The cars displayed are unearthed from garages, sheds, the bottom of peoples gardens hidden by years of weeds. Some have been rescued with the plan on restoring them back to their former glory, while others should be left to 'rust in peace.'

First Five Finalists

The 1966 Mini Cooper S owned by Dave Tennant is believed to be one of only two such models in the UK as it was modified by Stewart and Ardern. He purchased the car from the previous owner, Lord Cawdor, back in 1992. Until then it had been stored in a garage for 16 years, having been partially repaired following an accident. The car’s history includes an appearance in 1968 film, ‘The Killing of Sister George’ and Dave now plans a full restoration. 

The oldest of the first five of the 20 cars that will feature in the display, is the 1948 Austin 16 owned by Darren Page. This charming post-war classic had been stored in a lock-up garage for a quarter of a century when he bought it six years ago. Still in largely original condition, Darren has concentrated on getting the Austin in running order while it still wears its storage ‘patina’.

The 1972 Ford Cortina Estate Mk 3 owned by Peter Compton. A base ‘L’ model, it was last on the road in 1977 and was discovered languishing in a closed down garage in Ormskirk, Lancashire. Believed to have been used by the Co-op’s television rental business, it is in solid condition and now runs and drives. Having rescued the car from being used as a banger racer, Peter is aiming to return it to the road by the end of the year.

Ben Eaton’s 1954 Ford Zephyr Zodiac Mk 1, is a car once owned by a lady hotelier from Torquay in Devon. While there is little in the way of history, Ben does know that it was later sold at auction. The car now starts and a complete restoration is planned following the show.

Tom Mercer’s 1980 Austin Metro HLS boasts a fascinating history, having been used as a pre-production prototype for the Metro Plus model. Built by BL Motorsport at Abingdon, it featured a number of special styling and performance parts and was later re-built for competition use. Having been used for rallying until 1988, it was then hidden away in a shed, but after plenty of work by Tom it is now back on the road.

Get your rusty wreck in the competition

If you have a classic lurking in the back of a barn, tucked away in a garage or under a tarpaulin at the bottom of the garden you fancy getting out for the 2020 show, let us know - we want your rusty wreck!

To be considered for the upcoming display, send two pictures of your vehicle with a brief description including year, make and model and any interesting facts to

Spaces are limited so get your application in early. 

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