"In 1984, when I was eight years old, my dad took me to the NEC Motor Show. On entering Hall 3, I saw the most amazing thing I had ever clapped eyes on, rotating on the plinth at the Citroen stand amid bright lights and music. It was a Citroën CX GTi Turbo, launched that very year, and looking like something from one of my science fiction comics!"
Read more about James' story and tell us of your memories of the show too. Whether it's about your first visit to the NEC Classic Motor Show, if you displayed a car one year, or a story of a car you wished you never let go - we'd love to hear it!
‘FROM 1984 – THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY HALL’ – MORE DETAILS OF NEC CLASSIC CELEBRATIONS REVEALED
As 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, the organisers have chosen to theme Hall 8 as ‘From 1984 - The 35th Anniversary Hall’. Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 8-10 November, this part of the show is dedicated to marques, models and clubs that have appeared since 1984.
More than forty clubs are already confirmed for the Anniversary Hall, joining the other 260 that will be spread across the other six halls of the show. When it comes to the classics on display, there really is something for everyone from family models and sports car to heroes from the world of motorsport.
Amongst the Anniversary Hall highlights are some great Japanese classics. The UK S2000 Owners Club will be saluting 20 years of Honda’s terrific drop-top sports car. The 300ZX Owners Club celebrates 30 years since the launch of the Z32 300ZX and also 50 years since the arrival of the famed Z Car range.
Other clubs celebrating earlier Japanese models include the Honda S800 Sports Car Club celebrating half a century since the Honda N600 was launched onto the UK market, the Classic Z Register who plan to show iconic Datsun 240Z to celebrate its 50th and the Toyota Enthusiasts Club celebrating 40 years of the Celica 40 series second generation.
There are plenty more sporting classics to enjoy too, and Ford enthusiasts will certainly want to help mark 20 years since of the launch of the Racing Puma. And no one will want to miss the Peugeot Sport Club UK stand as the brilliant 205 GTi reaches its 35th birthday.
Rover fans also have plenty to celebrate, including 20 years since the official sales launch of the 75, while the Rover 800 Club will mark two decades since the last 800 was made. Another family classic that has reached a special milestone is the Mk2 Vauxhall Astra, the Owners Club for the model marking 35 years since its launch.
When it comes to motorsport, the awesome MG Metro 6R4 rally car is always guaranteed to draw a crowd, and with 2019 being 35 years since its official launch both 6R4.net and Rallying History will be displaying some great examples.
A number of clubs also have anniversaries of their own and you can be sure they will be ready to celebrate in style. It is 20 years since the Maestro & Montego Owners Club was formed plus 35 years of the Montego itself. The Naylor Car Club has reached its silver jubilee, the Middlebridge Enthusiasts Scimitar Set is 30 years old, while Audi Owners Club celebrates 21 years of the Audi TT.
Event Director Lee Masters said: “With the show’s own 35th anniversary and a wealth of classic car celebrations to enjoy, Hall 8 is going to be very special. Following its successful introduction last year, it is all set to welcome plenty of enthusiastic visitors once again.”
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. For more information including a full list of the attending clubs, ticket options and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.
Can you see your pre-85 British classic on display at the NEC?
This year's Lancaster Classic Motor Show will be held once again at the NEC between 8-10 November 2019 and we will have a stand in a fantastic position in Hall 5 - just a short distance from the Live Stage where all the action will be happening.
A stand is nothing without some stunning motor vehicles to look at, so we are inviting offers from members willing to display their pride and joy for 3 days at the NEC. Only the very best will be selected. Everyone who has taken part in previous years told us it was a fantastic experience so don't be shy!
IMPORTANT: Entries close at midnight GMT on 31 July 2019
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Welcoming back the world's largest gathering of classic vehicle clubs, the show opens its doors to a community of passionate enthusiasts.
Being the heart of the show, clubs will join together to spread their love and wisdom for motors. Whether they're celebrating historic milestones or have a rare model taking centre stage, a wide range of marques and models will be represented as we present to you 300 clubs from around the country.
With outstanding car displays all trying to out do one-another, meet some of the world's most knowledgeable car collectors and enthusiasts who are ready to welcome you in to our motoring world!
Check out which clubs will be joining us 8-10 November.
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