Continuing our series previewing this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery. Taking advantage of this year's show theme 'Built to Last', the Morris Register club will be displaying a motor that beholds such great history within the traditional British farming industry.
Back in 1938, a Morris 8 van was bought as new for a dairy business and still to this day is in use! The dairy was formed that year by Harry Workman and has now expanded to be one of the largest independent dairies in the country, 'Cotteswold Dairies'. The founders son Roger, will be in attendance over the weekend standing in for his father, who sadly passed away in 2016, aged 98.
This beautiful classic will be on show on the Morris Register stand (3-472) joined with milkmaids, old dairy memorabilia including a cow and a few extra surprises.
by Lancaster Insurance Services
The first five finalists in the coveted Autumn Final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership have been revealed, with organisers facing tough decisions after receiving more entries than ever before!
Held at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, nearly 100 classic car owners have applied for one of the 20 spots available.
The finalists include Richard Pinkett and his 1939 MG TB, Michael Jones’ 1960 Jaguar MkII, Andy Nash’s 1966 Morris Mini Traveller, Mark Stewart’s 1988 Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet, and Mandeep Sandhar and his 2000 Nissan Skyline.
With 15 places still to be decided, don't miss out on entering your pride and joy, enter before the closing date of Friday 14th September. The winner and two runners up all receive trophies, with the overall winner offered the chance to display their car at the next event held by the organisers!
by Gar Cole
The line up is taking shape for our stand at this November's classic Motor show with Discovery. Let me introduce the stars:
There’s more clubs, more halls and now even more dealers and traders joining us for this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. With around eleven weeks until the doors open on the 2018 season finale, we have some of the biggest names in the classic car industry joining us (and not much room for those traders who are yet to make a booking!).
The Dealer Hall will once again see a stunning collection of vehicles, with a fantastic range aimed at those looking to buy their first classic, as well as seasoned collectors. Longtime supporters Graeme Hunt, Suffolk Sports Cars and Hurst Park return, and newcomers include SVW Spares and Restorations, multi-marque dealer Absolute Classic Cars, and Renaissance Classic Sports Cars to name just a few.
Away from the Dealers, tooling companies such as Draper Tools, AB Tools, Strongman, Teng Tools and Sealey will bring the latest ranges while parts suppliers include British Motor Heritage and Jaguar specialist SNG Barratt will be on hand.
Around 650 specialist traders and suppliers will be at the show, along with the 300 clubs, so with around 3,000 classic cars and bikes to look at, you need to start planning your day now – and that starts with booking your tickets right HERE.
More about what to expect in this years Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery.
Joining as part of the brand new 'Debutant and Special Displays' hall, Ford Enthusiasts Club are set to present an impressive display demonstrating original classics which are 'Built to Last'.
A beautiful classic 280 Brooklands Capri which has been totally restored to pristine condition by it's owner will be unveiled along with two other Fords, including an Escort Cosworth which gets plenty of attention wherever it goes, sitting on nearly 100,000 miles.
If it's everyday used cars you like to see that have had plenty of love, this is the club for you. Be sure to pay the Ford Enthusiasts Club a visit at this year's show on stand 8-420.
More news from the 2018 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery.
As part of the 'Classic Loan Project', the Pre-War Austin Seven Club will be displaying a 1934 Austin Saloon which has been bought by the club as part of a new initiative to support the next generation of owners.
This classic motor, which will be on display on their stand (3-470), is being put up for loan along with several other classics and offered to budding new entrants to the classic car fraternity who have garaging facilities and a modest aptitude for all things mechanical.
This inspiring project undertaken by the club allows new drivers to have the opportunity to have a taste of 'owning' a classic in this modern day world, and experience the joy of driving one of these treasured beauties.
Here are the official Facebook stats for the period ending 20 August 2018. Activity levels in the group have picked up from the low point that coincided with the spell of hot weather in the UK. Membership numbers continue to rise but slowly as is usual at this time of year. Pleasingly, the numbers of active members is remarkably high at over 17,000.
Official Press Release
With an estimated 35% of its original production run of 25,939 still surviving, the Triumph Stag has proved it is ‘built to last’ despite its reputation during production and after its demise, of being the “Snag”! This has been achieved thanks to an army of owners and specialist parts suppliers who have engineered the foibles out of the car and further developed it into the reliable and prestigious car that it was always destined to be.
On the Stag Owners Club stand 4-490 at this year’s show, you will however find a totally unrestored 1974 Triumph Stag. In its first year, unfortunately the paintwork was vandalised and needed a respray in its original lovely ‘Mimosa’ yellow colour (some jealous person with paint stripper maybe). But apart from the paint, this Stag has only ever needed routine maintenance work over the last 44 years.
They certainly don’t make them like this anymore!
Official press release
Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Ant Antstead are heading back to Blighty this November to host the Discovery Live Stage at this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. Currently working on their biggest season ever of Wheeler Dealers in California, the dynamic duo will make the journey home in time for the annual season finale.
"The NEC Classic is the show of all shows for me. Having been a part of the event for many years and seen how it has grown with the classic motoring community, it makes me very proud to walk out on that stage and to meet so many like-minded enthusiasts." Mike Brewer
Sharing stories from season 15, Mike will also unveil his latest project while Ant talks about his brand new book, Cops and Robbers: The Story of the British Police Car. Joining them on stage will be a host of special guests along with classic car parades, interactive debates, Q&A sessions for your burning motoring questions, and the much-loved game shows with fantastic prizes up for grabs.
So sit back and be entertained for hours by these motoring legends for free, all you simply need to do now is book your tickets to the show!
by Paul Sweeney
The Jaguar Spitfires to Sports Cars Tour provides a unique insight into the operation of Castle Bromwich during the '40s and you will learn the secrets of car and airplane manufacturing, visiting many areas of the factory that are being opened to the public for the first time.
Over three fascinating hours learn the secrets of car and aeroplane manufacturing at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich home.
Castle Bromwich has a rich history and it's a history that's still being made as the manufacturing base of Jaguar cars. From the high performance F-Type to the advanced XJ, nearly all of Jaguar's luxury and performance cars have their home at Castle Bromwich.
It is at Castle Bromwich where Jaguar continues to develop its unparalleled expertise in advanced aluminium manufacturing, a skill which also served the nation during the war years, when the factory was a primary location for building Spitfire fighter aircraft.
An exclusive group visit to the Jaguar factory in Castle Vale, Birmingham where the XE, XF, XJ and F-TYPE models are built. Numbers are strictly limited, so it's "First come, first served". The intention is to enjoy lunch together at a nearby hostelry straight after the tour (not included in the tour price);
BOOK NOW FOR THIS ONE-OFF EXPERIENCE
Conditions applying to this Jaguar factory tour
If you decide to cancel your booking:
The organisers have informed us that this year's Lupin Farm Charity Car show is cancelled.
Organiser Linda Tipper says, "We have had to cancel the Lupin Farm Gathering this year as Edwin has had a health issue and a major operation seven weeks ago so it proved impossible to consider this years event. Is it possible for you to put something on your site to say it isn’t on but we will run again in 2019. That would be a huge help to us. Edwin progressing well! Thank you."
We are sorry to hear of Edwin's health problems and wish him well - looking forward to next year.
Riley takes to the Discovery Live Stage for 'Built to Last' project
The talented and entrusted Practical Classics team take to the Discovery Live Stage at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, once again to accept a brand new restoration challenge this November. In tune and on topic with the show's theme this year of 'Built to Last', watch as these experts bring a 1951 Riley RMA back to life!
The car, known as 'CFB' is itself a survivor having been put into storage decades ago by previous owner and Practical Classics reader Rob Jones. The team will be leading the restoration of this quintessential British Classic over the three days at the show, aiming to have the car up and running for the first time in over 40 years.
Danny Hopkins, editor of Practical Classics explained: “I first spoke to Ron in the summer of 2015. He sounded like a decent sort and certainly had decent taste in cars. Ron had a 1951 RMA, a car he’d owned since 1972 and it needed a new home. Ron’s late father (an ex Rolls Royce engineer) bought the car as a potential father/son project, but unfortunately he passed away before the project could get under way.”
News from the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery 2018
This year, in perfect keeping with the show's theme, the Gordon-Keeble Owners' Club stand 3-142 will feature two cars, each in their own way emphasising the renowned longevity of the marque.
The first of the displays, chassis no. 81, was built at the Eastleigh factory at the airport and was one of the last cars to be assembled in the spring of 1965 before the company folded. This classic was the subject of a complete restoration some 5 years ago, with the justifiable expectation that it is now '(re)built to last'!
The second car carries the number 100 which was painstakingly built in 1970 by one of the marque's concessionaires from spare parts left over following the collapse of production.
Join us at the show in uncovering commendable classics presented by the world's biggest gathering of classic vehicle clubs!
For the first time, we are pleased to offer club baseball caps in a range of colours with our logo printed on the front.
Click on the button below for more information and to order online. The price is £12.99 + shipping - we ship worldwide except South Africa. The shipping cost will be calculated when you enter your delivery address (before you commit to buy)
For those that missed it - here is the link to the new photo gallery from last weekend's group meet at the Gloucester Vintage Extravaganza.
by Gar Cole
Roll up, Roll up, it's ' Treasure Hunt ' time. I recently arranged to have our group name painted on an important piece of British history, immortalising our group into the future and possibly long after were gone,
Can you guess what this is and where it's located?
How to enter
The first group member to visit this place and take their photo pointing at our group name will receive a family ticket for 5 people to attend this November's NEC Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show and we will include a free car park pass, this prize is worth over £70.00,
Responses MUST be posted in our Facebook group - comments posted on this page will not be entered in the competition.