CCW 17RT2038On Sunday 26 June 2022, Classic Car owners from both the Isle of Wight and the mainland will be polishing up their beauties and displaying them on The Parade in the heart of Cowes. They’ll overlook the harbour where an interesting selection of historic motor vessels will also be on display.

Visiting this automotive and maritime showcase is free of charge. 

  • 50 classic cars and buses on display
  • Various interesting and historic motor vessels
  • Major Mick to arrive in Cowes aboard “Tintanic”

Cowes Classics Day is a day to celebrate the past with classic cars, yachts and motor boats on display for all to enjoy.

Classic Motor Yacht Lillian

The event is set on and around The Parade, in front of the royal yacht clubs in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the historical home of yachting in the UK. Visitors will be able to see dozens of classic cars and buses together with some interesting and historic boats, both sailing boats and motor boats. These include:

  • “Miss Daisy”, a past round-Britain powerboat
  • “Lilian”, a gentleman’s motor yacht (photo left)
  • “Alberta”, an 1885 East Coast sailing smack (photo in the showcase below)

Classic Motor Yacht Lillian

Britain’s famous and patriotic charity fundraiser Major Mick Stanley plans to arrive in Cowes during Cowes Classics Day. Although his rowing boat “Tintanic” is by no means a classic, its home-made construction using sheets of corrugated iron makes it truly eccentric. Major Mick Stanley hopes to row “Tintanic” down the Medina River, arriving in Cowes while the Classics Day display is in full swing.

Visitors to Cowes Classics Day will also be able to enjoy the speciality ice creams, fudges, cakes and coffees available from the various artisan shops around The Parade.


Cars Registered for the Display

Rolls-Royce 20/25 1933
Ford Mk3 Cortina 1971
Jaguar E Type 4.2 Litre Fixed Head Coupe 1967
Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1952
Aston Martin DB2/4 1955
Ford Fairlane  1955
Morgan 4/4 2012
Ferrari 365GTC/4 1971
Jaguar XK140 DHC 1956
Lancia Fulvia HF1600 1971
Volkswagen Beetle 1965
Chrysler Windsor Highlander Convertible 1949
MG Midget 1970
Renault Alpine 110 1973
Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Celebration  1993
Porsche 911 Supersport 1988
Triumph Roadster 2000 1948
Ford model A 1929
Mini Sprite 1995
Jaguar XJS V12 6.0 convertible 1993
MGR V8 1995
Jaguar MK# 1965
1934 Dennis Ace  1934
1949 Bedford OB 1949
Ferrari 355 Berlinetta 1997
Hillman Hunter GLS 1973
Riley 12/4 Adelphi Sportsman Saloon 1937
Morris Minor Traveller 1971
Daimler Light 15 Doctors coupe 1933
MG TC 1948
Mercedes SL500 2003
Evole 2016
Land Rover Defender 90 td5 XS 2004
MGB Roadster Overdrive 1973
MG Midget 1972
Morgan 4/4 1980
MGA.  Convertible.  1958
Jaguar E type 1969
MG Midget 1970
MGB Roadster 1978
MGB Roadster 1965
Jaguar XJ-S Convertible 5.3 V12 1991
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud dhc 1960
MGB Roadster 1974
Caterham 7 SV 2001
Citroen 2cv Van 2cvAK400 1973
Ford Escort RS2000 Custom 1980
Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack 1987
Porsche 911 (964) 1991


If you have a classic car that you would like to enter into the Classics Day display, then take a look at how you can join in for free! 

Classic Boat Magazine
Ratsey and Lapthorn
Llallows Boatyard
Fawley Waterside
World Leisurewear
Mermaid Gin Isle of Wight Distillery
Cowes Harbour Commission
Red Funnel Ferries
GJW Insurance
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery
GJW Insurance