Thousands of classic car enthusiasts flocked to Harpenden Common on Wednesday for what is believed to be the biggest midweek event of its type in the UK.

From classic and commercial to military and vintage cars as well as lorries, motorcycles and fire engines there was something for everyone at the annual Classics on the Common, which this year attracted more than 10,000 visitors. 

Now in its 21st year the event is organised months in advance by the Harpenden Village Rotary Club, who arrange for more than 1,500 classic cars to be displayed at the event.       

The oldest car on the common at this year’s show was a 1911 Maxwell AB Runabout but there were plenty of other cars to admire including a 1915 Model T Ford, a 1916 Stanley Steamer and a 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. 

More modern cars were represented by the likes of Ferraris with the organisers putting a 20-year limit on the age of a vehicle except in "exceptional" cases.

Organisers said they were delighted with the "fantastic array of rare and exotic" cars on show.

Richard Bellingham, chairman of the Classics on the Common organising committee, said: "It was absolutely fantastic. We had a great crowd and a fine selection of cars. 

"We have already received a lot of positive feedback.

"We were very lucky with the weather, and I think that was the reason we had more visitors this year."

Several car owners pitched up deck chairs next to their motors and others laid down a picnic as they soaked up the sunshine.

Mr Bellingham said there were only a few trade stands because the aim was maintain it as a community event for people who enjoyed classic vehicles.

He continued: "The highlight for me was the willingness of members and volunteers to go that extra mile to provide the show. Well over 100 people are involved in the running of the show and without them it would not be possible.

"Despite being the same show, it has not lost its appeal over the years and we are all very grateful for that."

Last year's event raised £23,000 for various charities, and this year organisers believe the amount raised will exceed that total. 

Money raised will go towards Community Meeting Point, Alzheimer's Society, Youth Talk, Macmillan Cancer Support and Guildford Rotary Eye Project. 

Applications for next year’s show will open in March.