Introduced in 2013, the Wilton Wake-Ups give car and motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to display their own wheels, look at other interesting vehicles and talk to fellow like-minded petrol heads for free, all based within the picturesque grounds of Wilton House, Wiltshire.
Following the success of these established events, the popular format remains for the 2016 Wilton Wake-Ups season, with each free-to-attend gathering themed to attract a certain type of vehicle, held on a Sunday summer morning, once a month, starting on Sunday 24 April.
The theme for the first 2016 Wilton Wake-Up on 24 April is ‘GT Touring Greats.’ There has long been an endless debate about what makes a GT and what doesn’t. Strictly speaking, a GT should have rear seats, but Wilton is unlikely to turn away a genuine Ford GT40, for example, so car owners don’t need to be shy at the first Wake-Up of the year: if they’ve got a GT or 2+2 that’s interesting, they will be most welcome to bring it along!
The remaining five themes for the 2016 Wilton Wake-Up summer season have also been painstakingly considered to ensure an interesting array of rare, exciting and unusual machinery in attendance as well for an informal Sunday morning get-together, giving the perfect excuse for an enjoyable early morning road run to Lord Pembroke’s beautiful home.
From 8am onwards, Wilton Wake-Up visitors that arrive in or on a suitable themed car or motorcycle will be parked in or around Wilton’s spectacular quadrangle. Other attendees can also enjoy the gathering of automotive treasures and their enthusiastic owners. If a visitor’s vehicle isn’t quite ‘on-theme’ they can bring that too, but it might be parked just slightly further away.
The Wake-Up morning is free for all to come and enjoy, and on Wilton House Open days, visitors may also stay-on and explore the spectacular grounds and the House itself for a small charge, once the Wake-Up event has finished (more details at www.wiltonhouse.co.uk/opening-times).
The Wilton Wake-Ups are organised by the same team who run the popular Wilton Classic and Supercar (WCS) event. The WCS is Lord Pembroke’s annual celebration of high performance cars and classic vehicles, which is set for a dramatic re-launch in 2017, following a one-off resting for 2016 to enable the entire format and philosophy of this annual spectacle to be re-developed and re-imagined.
2016 Wilton Wake-Up Dates and Themes:
Sunday 24 April (House and Grounds Closed)
Theme: GT Touring Greats
Eligibility: Performance Coupés and 2+2s
Sunday 22 May
Theme: Franco-Italian furore
Eligibility: French and Italian icons
Sunday 26 June
Theme: Roof-down Rendezvous
Eligibility: Convertibles & Roadsters
Sunday 24 July
Theme: Supercar meets Superbike
Eligibility: Ultimate High Performance cars and ‘bikes
Sunday 28 August
Theme: The Comfy Choice
Eligibility: Grande Routier and Luxury cars
Sunday 25 September (House and Grounds Closed)
Theme: X-Box and Supertouring!
Eligibility: Performance Saloons & Coupés