Hands Across the Sea at Hythe


Excitement is growing for the “Hands across the Sea” International Weekend organised by the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts’ Club. It is happening at Westenhanger, Folkestone Racecourse, Nr Hythe which is a huge site of some 220 acres, so there is plenty of room to enjoy yourself and the spectacular displays of cars that will represent our motoring heritage. You will see all sorts of magnificent cars from Rolls Royce to Aston Martin to “hand built” Morgan Sports Cars, to name but a few. The spotlight will not only be on the classic cars but also on our very elegant veteran treasures from the Edwardian period and those truly sumptuous cars from the 1920s and 1930s of the type seen on “Downton Abbey”. Many of the well known car clubs will be attending, displaying the various car types that represent their particular marque from limousines and saloons to sports cars and doctors coupes.

A typical 1930s Rolls Royce 20-25 Saloon
A typical 1930s Rolls Royce 20-25 Saloon

The quality of build with precision engineering and superb visual design will be available for all to see and marvel at, from the quietness of the engine to the flowing body shapes hand crafted by experienced coach-builders. Many of the car owners have spent years restoring their vehicles to pristine condition, costing thousands of pounds, with nothing but the best workmanship and finish is applied, which is why they display their cars with pride.

Hythe & Romney Life May Cover
Hythe & Romney Life May Cover


The entertainment doesn’t stop there because there will be specially staged exhibitions by some of our leading heritage motor companies and special showroom type displays, promoting their prestige cars. Many of the club members and owners of “motoring excellence” will be more than willing to talk to you about their restoration projects or their national or international rally exploits. Those whose interest lies in restoring or maintaining their motor cars, there will be stands selling spares and parts ranging from the humble machine screw to a major engine part

A lovely Morgan Sports Car of the type to be seen at the show
A lovely Morgan Sports Car of the type to be seen at the show

If you are looking to become an owner of a classic car or perhaps considering it as an investment, as well as something to enjoy, then you will not want to miss the Hobbs-Parker Classic Car auction being held on the Saturday, offering a wonderful range of motor cars to suit all tastes and pockets. As well as Rolls Royce and Bentley marques they anticipate a selection of interesting and classic vehicles from other popular classic marques including Morris, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porche. Viewing is available on the Friday and on the morning of the auction with admission by catalogue only. Admission to the show site is free for viewing on the Friday but show admission prices apply for auction viewing on the Saturday. Hobbs- Parker are one of the leading auctioneers in Kent and have been offering a great service since 1850 so you can expect to get help and guidance in the vehicles being offered for auction.

Whether you are at the auction or enjoying the show, which incidentally is one of the largest international car meetings the RREC has ever staged, you will find all the on-site facilities you need including various, bars, cafes, restaurants and of course Ice Cream because they are expecting warm sunny weather for the event!

A superb 1940 Triumph Dolomite of  the type to be seen at the show
A superb 1940 Triumph Dolomite of the type to be seen at the show

Over the weekend there will be opportunities for visitors to experience the show from the air and the beautiful Kent countryside with helicopter rides on a Bell 206 Jet Ranger. Fares apply.

Bell 206 Jet Ranger

Bell 206 Jet Ranger

On Sunday afternoon the RAF Battle of Britain Flight will be gracing the show with a fly past of the ‘Spitfire’ and the ‘Hurricane’, so keep your ears and eyes wide open for the fantastic sound of a Rolls Royce Merlin engine and of course the graceful lines of both these WWII aeroplanes.

Spitfire and Hurricane  photo RAF BBMF

 Spitfire and Hurricane photo RAF BBMF

During Saturday and Sunday the South Coast Stompers, six piece traditional New Orleans jazz band, will be wandering through the displays entertaining you with their very special roving performances.


South Coast Stompers photo SCS

You won’t find a problem in getting to the show because there is close access from the M20 and also from the A20 with signposts for the Racecourse in prominent places near the site. The Channel Tunnel terminal and ferry ports are close by so those friends coming from the continent will only have a short hop to get to the show.

A Triumph Stag
A Triumph Stag

The ” Hands across the Sea”International Weekend promises to be a fabulous family event with lots to see and do for everyone. Don’t Miss it!!!

For full details visit the website – www.rrec-international.co.uk

Entry times – 09.00 to 17.00 Sat & Sun 09.00 to 13.00 Mon

Admission Adult £7 Child (under 12) £4 Family (2+2) £20

Admission on Monday – Half Price

Free parking


This fabulous Rolls Royce Cloud 2 convertible reputedly carried Madonna
to her wedding to Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle on 22 December 2000.
It will be featured at “Hands across the Sea” International Weekend”
event at Folkestone Racecourse this month.


From the May 2015 Issue of Hythe & Romney Life

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