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Wonderland festival returns with timeline tribute to Ford

Posted onPosted on 12th May

The Wonderland Classic and Sports Car Festival is returning for a 22nd year — with a celebration of Ford cars.

The Ford Motor Company was launched on 16th June, 1903 and as a tribute to the 120-year anniversary organisers of the festival want to create a timeline of Ford cars stretching back in time as far as possible.

The annual event at Ferry Farm Fields, Hoveringham, on 24th and 25th June, will also feature two ambassadors for the Association of Heritage Engineers — Sarah Crabtree, formerly of the TV show Bangers & Cash, and Jody Bevan (Auto Lass). Both have a passion for anything automotive, supporting and promoting education, training, and heritage skills.

There will be free entry on the Saturday, dubbed preview day, from noon to 8pm. A Car Of The Night trophy and prize package will be awarded at 8pm.

Organisers said: “The preview day is an opportunity for the public to enjoy many of the stunning vehicles at a leisurely pace that will, on Sunday, be amongst the very busy ‘Show ‘n’ Shine’ displays.

“If you love 80s pop, ska and new wave music you will love Radio Romantic, featuring Joe Sunday, winner of National Tribute Awards, and singer and bass player Ruth Mills, in the evening.”

On the Sunday, ‘Show ‘n’ Shine’ Day, which runs from 10am to 4pm, judging includes categories for vehicles from around the world manufactured or registered before 31st December 2010, including British classics, American ‘Muscle’ cars; and a display of European classic and sports car legends.

There will be models from across the Ford range, custom cars, Rods, vintage cars, modified cars and vehicles of special interest (kit cars, military, and commercial vehicles).

Only pre-booked entries are eligible for judging.

Fundraisers this year include Sherwood Jaguar Racing — which will be supporting Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice — County Air Ambulance Trust, and Help For Heroes.

Scalextric and Lucas Oil Products UK have joined the sponsor line-up, which includes headline sponsor The Classicwise Collection.

Organisers said Wonderland 2023 would be dedicated to two friends of the event who have died in the past year — Graham Clarke, the farmer who owned the venue, Ferry Farm, and Capri fanatic Chris Taylor.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “Graham’s family have been very positive and are looking forward to welcoming us all back in 2023 for our Wonderland Classic & Sports Car Festival in Graham’s memory.

“Chris was our friend and a Capri fanatic. His 1969 MKI Blue Mink 2000 GTXL Capri featured in our 2019 Capri 50 Years timeline.”

Go to for more information about entering and making bookings. Public admission on the Sunday is £5, under-16s free, and free car parking.