The official photo gallery for this year's Resto Show at the NEC is now up and running! Just a few photos showing setup so far and it's already looking like our best stand yet :-)
Photos will be added as the show kicks off, so keep checking back for much more yet to come.
We asked for your classics to display at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery at the NEC this March, and you didnt disappoint us! Quite a number of members were willing to make the considerable commitment to support us over the 3 days at the show and offered some very special motors indeed.
First and foremost - a very big and genuine thanks from the Admin team and particularly from Events Guru Gar for all the offers. We really do appreciate it - if we could, we would take every motor you offered, but of course the stand can only accommodate so many, so the sad part of all this is that we have to disappoint some of you. Please try again next time - everything offered was eminently suitable and would have done us proud.
Our selection approach was to go for the exhibits we think are most likely to attract the interest of the show-going public and to show the club in the best possible light. Secondly we felt it would be preferable to display motors we havent had on our stand before.
So after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, here they are ...
The confirmed line-up for our stand (in no particular order):
How to find our stand at the show
Easy! Hall 5, beside the Sporting Bears Dream Rides Arena.
Competition is hotter than ever this year and the shortlist in our category includes some great clubs:
Wish us luck, folks - we'll let you know how we get on when the awards are announced at this year's Resto Show at the NEC in March. The full list of categories and shortlisted clubs is here.
Thanks to our very own Energizer Bunny (aka Gar), we now have this fabulous custom-designed wristwatch available to order.
Featuring the club logo on a large 45 mm face with polished chrome surround, it has a quartz movement, genuine leather strap (up to 8" length) and comes with a 12 month manufacturer's warranty. To make it extra special, each watch comes in a presentation box that is engraved with a unique serial number and an optional personalised message.
Watches will be manufactured to order so delivery will be a minimum of 2 weeks from the date orders are placed - longer for non-UK delivery addresses.
From our sponsor Lancaster Insurance Services - up to 25% off your car insurance.
Lancaster Car Club Manager Dave Youngs says:
"Lancaster offers up to 25% discount for club members and can arrange a whole range of policy extras that you'd expect such as agreed value and breakdown cover. We aim to take a realistic view when it comes to modifications, so do give us a try. We welcome feedback - good or bad - to help us to develop the scheme going forward
If you do try us for a quote, please use the bespoke telephone number 01480 400903 and let us know that the introduction has come from the club. Quote discount code DISC15 for an additional £15 discount on any new policy with Lancaster
We make a payment to the club for each and every policy sold as a result of their introduction which helps keep the club going. I'll stick my head round the door every now and again and pick up any queries that crop up. If you'd like for me to arrange a callback for a quote then i'm happy to sort it - I can be contacted by email email@example.com"
Official Press Release
Everyone knows that car clubs are a massive part of the classic car community. With that being said, we're excited to be inviting 170 brilliant clubs to Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, in 2019. That's more clubs than ever, which means even more stunning classic cars on display - no enthusiast can complain at that!
The motors showcased will represent marques from all over the world so where better to see them, all in one place, as you take a wander down memory lane. Clubs joining us include (and definitely not limited to): Lotus Drivers Club (3-060), The Italian Job (3-158), The Toyota Enthusiast Club (5-495) and Ford RS Owners Club (5-640).
Not only will members be on hand to answer your questions, many will be working on their very own restoration projects live across the weekend too. Gain that extra vision of how to maintain/restore your car, and with friendly members on hand to share their wealth of knowledge, you're guaranteed to learn a thing or two.
Explore the wide range of car clubs and motors that will be at the show by visiting our exhibitor list page.
How to find our club stand
We asked for your best photos of your British classics to grace our 2019 club calendar, and the response was fantastic!
We realised very early on that choosing just 12 photos to illustrate the months of the year was going to be too restrictive, so we commissioned print professional, group sponsor and all-round good guy Phil Allin to come up with a way to include more of your classics. He's done us proud and no fewer than 48 of your prized motors are included in the final design.
Order now for delivery in time for Christmas - the price is £8.99 per calendar + shipping costs. As usual we will ship worldwide with the exception of South Africa - the shipping cost will be displayed after you key in your delivery address - before you commit to purchase.
Members' cars featured:
by Gar Cole and Paul Sweeney
We have once again been offered a club stand at next March's Restoration Show at the NEC. It is easily our largest stand to date at a whopping 142 sq mt, which means we should have room for up to 8 display vehicles. On top of that we are right next to the live action at the Sporting Bears Dream Rides in Hall 5, stand 060.
Offer your classic for display on our stand
We are looking now for members' classics to display on our stand.
Here is the deal if yours is selected:
We realise this is a major commitment in time, money and effort but will do our best to make you feel welcome and part of the team. Those who have displayed previously tell us it was a great experience.
If you are happy with the terms above, please complete the form below including at least one high quality photo of your classic. Make it a good one as its likely to be "make or break" in terms of whether your classic is chosen.
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Welcome to our first-ever End of Year Quiz - conceived, designed and created by Dominic Coleman and we think he's done a cracking job!
Give it a go - it's harder than you think and great fun! Once you have completed the whole quiz, share your results in the group - then you can review the quiz to see all the correct answers. We were surprised how many we didn't remember!
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Joining together classic car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond, the 2018 show will once again grace the halls of Birmingham's NEC. Covering over one million square feet – that’s about 12 football pitches - more than 2,500 iconic classic cars and motorbikes will be showcased this year!
As 300 classic car and bike clubs present a diverse mix of marques, discover rare and loved motors spanning more than 100 years shared with us by their dedicated members. Not only will you find an unrivalled collection of vehicles, you can also visit the UK's biggest indoor Autojumble - a haven of parts and spares for anyone working on their car, as well as 650 specialist exhibitors and traders offering a mix of products and services.
Be immersed in stunning classics, fantastic features, one of the most high-profile classic car auctions, all in the presence of motoring celebrities including The Wheeler Dealers and many more. This truly magnificent season finale of the motoring calendar will welcome 72,000 passionate motoring enthusiasts - join us this November and be part of the UK's biggest and best Classic Motor Show!
Where to find us
Our club stand will be in Hall 8 - stand number 8 - 020.
The entrance to Hall 8 is from Hall 4 and the floor plan for Hall 8 with our stand location marked is below.
Club discount priced tickets
Club offer Ts & Cs:
- The codes are valid for Saturday or Sunday Adult tickets and Saturday or Sunday Family tickets, only when booked in advance.
- Family ticket gives access for 2 x adults and up to 3 x children (aged 5-15).
- Club discounts will be applied to on-the-door prices: Club Adult £24.50 (£30 on-the-door) and Club Family £68 (£80 on-the-door).
- Ticket prices include a free show guide.
- All bookings are subject to a single transaction fee of £1.95.
Dave wins a pair of free tickets for any day of this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery as well as a £50 voucher to be used towards a Dream Ride with the Sporting Bears.
- James Rennie School, in Carlisle
- National Deaf Children’s Society
- Dogs for Good
- JPC Community Farm
- Ty Gobaith (twinned with Hope House)
- George and the Giant Pledge (Royal Marsden Children’s Cancer Unit)
WIN a pair of free tickets valid for any day of this year's Classic Motor Show courtesy of Lancaster Insurance AND a £50 Dream Ride voucher* courtesy of the Sporting Bears Motor Club. The cost is £5 per entry and the Dream Ride is a passenger ride of approx 10 miles.
- enter as many times as you like
- the winner will be drawn at random on 20 October 2018
- the winner will be notified by email
- no cash alternative prizes are available
All monies raised will be donated to the Sporting Bears in support of children's charities.
ENTER THE LOTTERY
The Sporting Bears at last year's show - £35K was raised
About the Sporting Bears and Dream Rides
The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, works with the charity organisation, the Sporting Bears Motor Club to create the ‘Dream Rides’ garage – a fantastic array of between 70-100 cars that are available for visitors to enjoy a passenger ride taking them out onto the open roads surrounding Birmingham’s NEC.
‘Dream Rides’ offer visitors the opportunity to jump into and experience some of the most spectacular cars in the world and all you have to do is donate to a wonderful cause. The size of your donation depends on the car you want to be taken for a drive in – starting from as little as £10.
The Sporting Bears Motor Club members will on average undertake 1,000 rides over the three-day event, with each person giving their time, their car and covering the cost of their fuel, so every penny of your donation goes to the children’s charities that they support across the UK.
Since Dream Rides began, the Sporting Bears have raised over £2 million in donations, with the 2016 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show raising over £50,000!
Formed in 1989, the Sporting Bears Motor Club is a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with the primary aim - to raise money for children's charities through its own social and touring events, and to support other charitable events. It is to the club's credit that annual subscriptions support the club overheads thus allowing all monies raised from Dream Rides and other events to be directed towards the selected charities.
In 2017, with the help of the members, the marques on offer included Cobras, Ferraris, Maseratis, Porsches, GT40s, Jags, MGs, TR’s, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and for those of a tender age they even had Noddy’s car!
There is a Dream Ride for everyone!
The other star exhibit is an Aston Martin DB2, which was entered for the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours… but did not start after driver Jack Fairman suffered an accident on the public road while making his way to the event. Racing for most of its life, chalking up several notable victories in sprints and time trials, it scored yet another memorable success earlier this year when Aston Martin driver Darren Turner, won the Fordwater Cup at the Goodwood Revival Meeting.
Visit the Motor Sport stand (1-430) as they take great pride in uncovering these legendary classics at the show.
Although the car is driven regularly, including visits to shows and even to the pub says the owner, the NEC will mark just its third UK show appearance. It is guaranteed to be one exhibit that avid Mini fans won’t want to miss, so be sure to come and join us in November!
"The Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles for great cars built before 1985 is promising an eclectic mix of cars from a 1926 Morris Bullnose Pick-up to a 1964 Crayford convertible Mini".
The Jowett Car Club (stand 3-148) - The World’s ‘Oldest One Make’ car club - will be bringing a bit of nostalgia to the show. In 1948 the Jowett Javelin became more readily available (it was announced in 1947) and a flavour of the "1948 Earls Court Motor Exhibition" will be recreated on their stand.
Daimler SP250 Owners Club (stand 2-728) will be launching celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the SP250. The club will be showcasing one of the two cars that appeared at the 1959 Earls Court Motor Show. There will also be an SP450, fitted with the 4.5-litre engine and a 'C' spec car - one of the last produced - in Old English White, alongside the unique SP252 (the only one in existence) which was designed by William Lyons.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager of Lancaster Insurance, sponsors of the Pride of Ownership, said: “At the show, there is always a real buzz surrounding the Pride of Ownership as it showcases incredible cars with some fantastic stories behind them. It’s always exciting to hear about who will be displayed and these ten cars will be a fantastic addition!”
Tahmid said: “I am very fortunate in only being 20 years old and having the opportunity to own and drive such rare cars. But the real happiness comes from being able to share these cars with other enthusiasts that appreciate them and I look for every opportunity to do so.”
Kevin Peck will have quite the journey to the show, given that he resides in France, but it will be worth it to see the Bugatti Type 35 Replica he purchased for just £1,000. Visiting a friend in hospital, Kevin met the then owner in the next bed who had bought the car, crashed it after eight miles on its first trip out, and not taken it out the garage since. He offered to sell it to Kevin for £1,000 complete with dent. Kevin accepted and restored the car back to its best.
Also travelling across the water is David Selfridge from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and his 1938 Citroen Traction Avant Light 12. Having been parked in the garage for ten years by the previous owner, David has restored the vehicle over the past three years and will be driving it to the show.
Representing the 1950s, Christopher Joyce’s ’56 Daimler New Drophead Coupe and Nick Pollitt’s ’55 Triumph TR3 will add some sports car style to the proceedings. Chris’ Daimler is one of 56 built with very few in the UK, while Nick’s TR3 was retained by Standard Triumph as the press and publicity car.
Lucas Reynold’s 1982 Lotus Turbo Esprit was built by Lotus for the 1982 British Motor Show at the NEC so it is great to see it return some 34 years later. To make it stand out from other manufacturers, a new metallic paint colour named Iced Blue was used on all cars on the Lotus stand to catch the eye – and it certainly does that!
Talking of eye catching, Josh Lydiard’s 1972 Volkswagen Trekker is not something you see every day. “It’s an odd vehicle when original but mine has a unique patina with tasteful modifications and a slightly rat rod look,” explains Josh. “The car was originally used by the Luftwaffe in the 70s and still sports its original military markings which lead me to finding out it was a radar and artillery car at an airport in Germany near Munich. The car was very unique from the factory, but this example is one of a kind.”
Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite car and story, with the winner announced on Sunday 11th November by Wheeler Dealers’ Ant Anstead. For more information, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com
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