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Event: Copthorne Prep Charity Motor Show 
Location: Copthorne Prep School, RH10 (off Effingham Lane)
When: 3rd Oct 2021
Time: From 10am if attending directly at the school. To join planned convoys please arrive at selected hotel (tbc) between 10-10:30. Convoys will start arriving at the school field from 11:00am. Event finishes at 4pm.
Charities: Friends of Copthorne / Whizz Kidz / Crawley Open House
Special Guest: BBCs "The Stig" from Top Gear.
Entry Fee: Free for drivers of display cars but since its a charity event would appreciate donations. Plus 1s @ £5pp.

Marques attending: Aston Martin / Lamborghini / Porsche / Lotus / Ferrari / BMW / Corvette / GT40 / Bentley / Jaguar / Superformance (Cobra/GT40 replicas)
Marques pending: McLaren / Lexus (LC) / Audi (R8/e-Tron RS) / AMG / Alfa Romeo (4C/8C/classics) / other specialist marques

Field can likely accommodate around 200 cars so hoping some of the clubs can thus bring around 15-20 cars each and a few individuals/dealers besides (eg Jardin AM will bring a few cars – including a Vantage F1 edition).

Display inside school grounds will be private event for School pupils and their families but we are looking to encourage clubs to make some convoys and route past a couple of the local pubs so that the public / pupils etc can enjoy seeing and hearing the machines before entering the school field. 

Pubs to pass as part of convoy route: Duke's Head / Curious Pig in the Parlour / The Old House Inn. Map/proposed routing to follow.

Convoy gathering locations: Copthorne Gatwick Hotel and/or Copthorne Effingham Hotel.

During the display time at the school we are working on food and refreshments and also some entertainment (RC Car club to race model supercars in the school hall/possibly some of the GB Hockey Team to open the new Astroturf/live music).  

We are also currently discussing ideas for how kids can participate - some voting events for 'best in class' / 'best overall' / most original etc and also a design a car competition which can be judged by a selected group tbc though should include "The Stig". 

Work in progress:
- Invitation to Ngenco (PPS supplier) to attend with a couple of cars and thus also get to promote their product.
- Invitation to Caterham as their HQ nearby and chance to promote their Caterham academy. Perhaps something club members attending could be interested in. 
- Invitation to Team-Sport Crawley to display a stand for their karting business.

Raffles / Silent auctions etc.

Owners (perhaps +1s) can remain on site during the show to answer questions etc and make the afternoon fun for all attending / have a photo taken with "The Stig" (with charitable donation of course).

After the show clubs might then want to look at an early dinner in one of the pubs mentioned above to finish off the days 'fun-run /show'. Please let me know so we can put club and pub together to arrange. 

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Hi all Lotus owners

Quick intro. Im an Aston Martin V12 Vantage owner, almost a Lotus Elise Heritage Ed owner prior to that and sorely tempted by the new Emira. Personally, I think future is looking v exciting for Lotus.

I have been exchanging messages with Bibs since June regarding a Charity Car show I am helping produce for Copthorne Prep School but I know he's super busy so posting this here to help restart the ball rolling. We are looking for perhaps 15-20 Lotus cars to be one of the main attendees at the show to accompany Astons/Lambos/Ferraris/Corvettes/Morgans plus many others to fill the school field with around 180-200 cars. First come / first served policy and then waiting list. Entrance is STRICTLY by pre-registration due to space. We have over 70 cars signed up across the various marques so far so best to register asap as getting around 2-3 a day now. register.copthorne[email protected] - there are further details below as to what to submit with the registration. 

Driver entry is free but appreciate any charitable donations on entry. Any plus1s are £5pp also payable on entry. So if the weather is shocking and the event is cancelled last minute you lose nothing.

Flyer attached and details as follows (feel free to contact me any questions):


Event: Copthorne Prep Charity Car Show 
Location: Copthorne Prep School Cricket pitch/extended field, RH10 (off Effingham Lane)
When: 3rd Oct 2021
Time: Convoy participants to gather at selected hotels from 11am / non-convoy participants to arrive at the school from 11:30 via Effingham Lane. Field open to pupils/parents/guests from Noon and the event will run until 4pm
Charities: Friends of Copthorne / Copthorne Open House / Whizz Kids
Special Guest: BBCs "The Stig" from Top Gear.
Cost: Drivers of display cars have free entry (though since a charitable event donations (£5+) would be much appreciated). Plus1s welcome @ £5pp. Payment likely to be on entry - cash preferable but working on a contactless system for the day and also a pre-pay service if anyone wishes to donate/pay upfront.

The event hopes to host around 200 high end sports cars, exotics and classics all on the main school field with the purpose of giving the pupils and parents of the school a great afternoon out, giving club members the chance to meet up with fellow members and those from other clubs, giving some local businesses the chance to show/advertise their products and lastly but most importantly help generate funds for our 3 nominated charities.

Marques attending: Aston Martin / Lamborghini / Porsche / Lotus / Ferrari / GT40 / Bentley / Jaguar / Corvette / Merc-Benz(AMG) / Superformance / Morgan
Marques pending: McLaren / Lexus (LC) / Audi (R8/e-Tron RS) / Alfa / TVR / others

Dealers attending so far: Jardin Sevenoaks Aston Martin / Vines BMW / Harwoods Bentley / Harwoods Jaguar / Le Mans Coupes (who provided some of the cars for the Le Mans 66 film)

Also attending/hoping to attend:
NGENCO – supplier of Paint Protection Spray (PPS) hopefully demonstrated by a Vantage V12.
CRAWLEY RC Club – demonstration races of remote control cars inside the school hall, plus a stand selling merchandise
TEAM-SPORT Karting – advertising their Crawley branch / tutoring for over 8s and other events.
CATERHAM – advertising their academy via their Crawley branch.
IAN CUNNINGHAM - a well respected professional car photographer 

There will be raffles, food/refreshments, live music, a chance to have your photo with the Stig (with a charitable donation of course), and activities for children to get involved with like voting for best car in class / best overall car / design a car competition which we hope will be judged by a select few including the Stig and more.


Participants wishing to take part in the short Convoy runs to the school, which will go past a couple of nearby restaurants/bistros, will be finalised in due course. 2 hotels have agreed to allow us to use their car parks as gathering points and from there small groups will head out to the school at timed intervals from around 11:20 or so. More details will be provided in due course.

Bistros/restaurants involved: Curious Pig in the Parlour / The Old House Inn. 
Convoy gathering locations: Copthorne Gatwick Hotel and/or Copthorne Effingham Hotel.

After the show clubs/individuals might then want to look at a dinner in one of the restaurants mentioned above to finish off the day - details available on request.

Please thus help make it a great day by registering interest ASAP at register.copthorne[email protected] with the below details. Interest will be confirmed and accepted or stated as “in reserve” if allocation is already taken.  ENTRANCE IS STRICTLY BY REGISTRATION. CARS ARRIVING COLD ON THE DAY MAY UNFORTUNATELY HAVE TO BE TURNED AWAY DUE TO THE RESTRICTED SPACE WE HAVE.

Driver Name: 
+1 Guest: yes/no
Reg No: (needed to authenticate on the day)
Reg Year:
Value New: (if known)
Value Today: (optional)
Limited Edition: Yes/No
Other info: (optional – eg interesting history / import / winner of past shows / fun info etc)
Agree to have above info printed in program: Yes/No
Participation in pre-show convoy: Yes/No 

We look forward to hearing from you/your clubs members in due course.


Many thanks



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Hi, here is some info:

Whizz Kids -

Copthorne Open House -
We were hoping to get Romesh along for the show as he Patron but sadly too busy a schedule.

Friends of Copthorne - this is the charity supporting the school itself, raising funds for extra events for kids/parents to enjoy throughout the year. 

Feel free to give me a buzz if anything further needed.


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