Already firmly established as a highlight in the calendar for vintage vultures, classic car admirers and design enthusiasts, September 20th and 21st will see more than 200 classic cars, with over 100 opening their boots for shoppers; descend on a setting that is already recognised as an icon of British design and urban regeneration for the next Classic Car Boot Sale.
As if this wasn’t enough, the weekend will also host a second event celebrating ingenious and extraordinary mobile art vehicles from across the country. From the smallest portable theatre, to a giant travelling seagull, a poetry potting shed and a fully functioning artist’s studio on wheels - art vehicles on land, sea or air will come together to explore how artists have been taking their art out and about.
Wayne Hemingway MBE, Classic Car Boot Sale co-founder, said: “We set out to create a cool event that, just like when Gerardine and I set off on our careers in Camden and Kensington markets in 1980, could offer people a low cost way of getting their wares in front of a decent number of design aware folk but we could never have imagined that it could turn so quickly into such an uplifting event that kept hard core vintage shoppers, classic car lovers, design aficionados and families happy for a few hours.
“At HemingwayDesign we have been lucky to have been involved in the world class regeneration and placemaking that is Stratford and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Park looks mSagnificent and provides a fitting playground that bridges Hackney Wick, East Village and Stratford. The iconic architecture, play spaces, landscape will all add to a great day out.”
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “The Olympic legacy is not just about sport – it is about inspiring creativity and bringing communities together. This weekend is a celebration of our year long East London Mobile Workshop which has seen local people working with some of today’s very best artists and designers to get creative
“With a cornucopia of vintage clothes, cars and bargains, and our fascinating celebration of mobile art vehicles, this looks set to be a great weekend of art and culture on the Park.”
Launched in 2013 and previously held at London’s Southbank Centre, the Vintage Classic Car Boot Sale has proved incredibly popular, attracting around 8000 visitors a day from across the UK. This festival-feel shopping event will host more visitors and classic car eye candy including vintage fashion, accessories, homewares, crafted products from independent designers, pop culture memorabilia and vinyl record traders offered amidst street theatre, impromptu musical performances, vinyl only DJs, an impressive display of classic cars, buses, vans and bikes and a gathering of the finest mobile eateries serving street food, coffee, cocktails and craft beer from vintage wagons.
The Art on the Move exhibition will showcase the very best of mobile architecture and design and is part of Open House London weekend. The wonderful array of quirky vehicles will also bring together artists from across Europe to discuss their portable practices and explore how mobile art projects have contributed to communities and regeneration schemes across the world. A free film and talks programme will compliment the event, screening famous artists’ films such as Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead which toured the United States, and featuring a talk from internationally renowned art collective N55 from Copenhagen