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Beaulieu to celebrate 50 years of autojumbles for 2016 event

The Beaulieu International Autojumble will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it's going to be a big one.

This year’s International Autojumble at Beaulieu National Motor Museum is quite an important one. On September 3rd and 4th the famous Autojumble celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Highlights of the weekend include Practical Classics’ ambitious car rebuild of a T Model Ford, a Bonhams auction, more than 200 cars on sale and ‘Trunk Traders’ - a range of quirky amateur traders selling automobile paraphernalia from the boots of their cars.

But the main draw is the event’s legacy. Beaulieu is the spiritual home of the Autojumble, and as such, its atmosphere takes some beating. In fact, so popular is the event that it won the silver award in the Tourism Event of the Year category in VisitEngland’s Awards for excellence.

But it’s not surprising that the event has the edge over other autojumbles: the very name ‘autojumble’ was coined by the National Motor Museum’s former director, Michael Ware, when the Beaulieu event began. Several decades later the word was later added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003.

A one-off exhibition celebrating the event’s 50 years will be on display in the Corporate Marquee. Beaulieu Events Manager Judith Maddox said: ‘Beaulieu’s International Autojumble is our oldest and most prestigious event. It is always an eagerly anticipated date in the motoring calendar for all veteran, vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts but this year’s anniversary makes it even more unmissable.’

Admission to the Beaulieu attraction’s National Motor Museum and Brabazon Restaurant for breakfast on both event days is from 8.30am, while the main event opens from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and 9.30am to 4.30pm on the Sunday.

Discounted advance tickets can be bought online at £13 for a one-day adult ticket (Sat or Sun) and £8.70 for a one-day child ticket (Sat or Sun) up to and including August 22nd. For all stand enquiries and to book a space, visit www.internationalautojumble.co.uk

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