The brand new hall 8 added to this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, will feature our own club stand (not sure why we are a "special display" but heck, we'll take it!) plus our friends the Boston Classic Car Club (same comments apply) and a number of ‘Special Displays’ bringing together a rich selection of amazing classics with around 40 clubs in total exhibiting in this area, including 15 making their show debut.
Impressive displays will be on show from the likes of Historic Marathon Rally Group promising a mouth-watering selection of rally cars that took part in the 1968 London to Sydney Rally, or FordSport with one of the oldest Escorts, an Mk1 Escort Mexico and an Escort Cosworth accompanying.
There will be even more British classics also on offer, and show-goers won’t want to miss the MGF Register stand with a range of motors including a limited-edition MG TF sporting an eye-catching ‘Chromactive Typhoon’ paint job. The Midlands Austin Seven Club who will be showing four lovely models, including a 1927 Chummy and a 1938 Ruby.
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The Morgan Sports Car Club this year celebrates an almighty anniversary with 50 years on the clock!
In 1968 Morgan developed the famous +8 using a Buick 3.5 litre V8 engine shoehorned into the famous Morgan chassis and framework. From this prototype emerged the Rover V8 engined car which in its day could leave virtually every other car on the road standing. The +8 has since been in production for 50 years and has been greatly loved, admired and envied by many aficionados, needless to say the car was the vehicle of choice for many pop and film stars of the swinging sixties and seventies.
In its latest development the +8 now has a BMW (badged Morgan) 4.8l engine on a bonded aluminium chassis with aluminium body which will propel the driver from 0 to stupid in a handful of seconds.
Be sure to visit the MSCC stand (1-440) where you will find a stunning showcase of the +8 demonstrating its different uses and history, from a very early 1969 model to some BMW engined beasts.
Celebrating the 65th anniversary of the convertible, three MK1 Zephyr Convertibles will be at this year's show, displayed by the Five Stars, The Mk1 Consul, Zephyr & Zodiac Owners Club.
Bringing in an international touch, all are special export versions from Algeria, New Zealand and the USA. Two are original examples - one right-hand drive and one left. The USA car is a custom version, originating from North Carolina, it is the oldest known surviving convertible in the world, being number 21 produced by the factory. It has recently had a complete repaint and has won a couple of awards this season. Also on display is a Mk1 Consul which has a heart-warming story behind it.
Explore this fantastic collection at the show on stand 5-570.
Surely, this year’s NEC theme describes the Middlebridge Scimitar perfectly! A galvanised chassis and a strong glass-fibre body, some 30mm thick in places underlines this claim.
In 1987, the Scimitar GTE name and design was brought by the Middlebridge Company who wanted to give the car a new lease of life. Using an existing Reliant Scimitar SE6B, Middlebridge engineers set about modifying it and after some 450 modifications were made, a prototype Middlebridge Scimitar GTE was built and launched at the 1989 Earls Court Motor Show. This bespoke car is the ultimate model in Tom Karen's (Ogle) iconic and trend-setting design.
Sporting the superb Ford 2.9 Cologne V6 EFI engine, mated to an uprated Type 9 5-speed manual gearbox or (4-speed auto), these cars are fast – comfortable – economic – timeless. All 79 cars made still survive… they were definitely ‘BUILT TO LAST’.
Be sure to visit The MESS while at the show on stand 2-725 and get a close up look of these iconic cars.
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is promising its biggest and most diverse display yet at this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery.
The FBHVC has released a taster of what visitors to their stand can expect, with something for everyone, from commercials to sports cars, including a full sized LEGO Traction Engine.
Other vehicles in the display includes a Scout Carrier Mk 1L with four guns, a 1931 AEC Regent double decker bus and a 1968 Bedford CA van belonging to the Vauxhall Heritage Collection.
FBHVC's stand is definitely going to be one of the most eclectic at the show and should not be missed by anyone. Visit their stand (5-980) right next to the Discovery Live Stage.
Here are the latest official stats for our group provided by Facebook. The "Top Contributors" category has been replaced with a Summary category but the Top Posts category has been retained to emphasise quality over quantity.
This month has seen a significant increase in all types of activity with a remarkable 679 new membership requests, over 137,000 posts, comments and reactions (likes etc) and our highest-ever total membership of over 24,000 - of whom a remarkable 18,300 are reported as "active".
This year’s show theme ‘Built to Last’ is epitomised by hard working vehicles which have also contributed to technical advances in motoring.
Standard was the parent company of the Triumph marque after 1945, and in the 1950s was the fifth largest British motor manufacturer. The Standard Motor Club will be celebrating 70 years since the launch of the Standard Vanguard and 60 years since launch of the Standard Atlas on their stand 4-572 at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery.
The engine of the Standard Vanguard family of cars was the precursor to the Triumph TR range of sports cars as were many of their mechanical parts. The Ferguson tractor engine was also derived from that of the Vanguard and many other vehicles also used Vanguard derived engines and parts, notably Morgan, Swallow Doretti, Peerless, Leyland 15 and 20 and even the Indian version of the Rover SD1.
On stand 4-572 you will be able to see the 1952 Vanguard Estate Car KOR 394, an early ‘MPV’ with a gruelling history: First owned by an army lieutenant-colonel who became a pig farmer and later by a firm of Isle of Wight undertakers. Since being preserved it has appeared in several TV programmes and films, including: an early episode of the soap Doctors, a documentary on Ruth Ellis - the last woman to be hanged, a short film docudrama about the theft of Sophia Loren's jewels and a documentary about the Braybrook Street police murders in London. It is pictured in the more convivial setting of Walton Hall, Warwickshire fully loaded with the club’s show material for their annual Standard Motor Club International Rally which took place in June… showing that it is still going strong 66 years after it was built!
There will also be a 1958 Standard Ensign 6853 JW on display. A simpler version of the later Vanguard with similar mechanical parts to the earlier car, this example has been owned and greatly loved by the same Black Country family for almost 50 years.
A third vehicle, a 1959 Standard Atlas 9237 CR celebrates the launch of the Atlas range by the Standard Motor Company. The Atlas was one of the first small vans which was not car derived and were therefore able to have capacious bodies in much the same manner as Ford designed the later Transit in 1966. The van on show is a Camper version but there were all types of vehicles in the range including pick-ups and chassis cabs. This vehicle belongs to someone who has rescued some 20 vehicles built by the Standard Motor Company thereby ensuring that they will continue to last into the future.
About The Standard Motor Club
The Standard Motor Club is dedicated to the preservation of Standard Cars 1903 – 1963. Offering an online 24/7 Spares Shop with the largest stock of Standard Spares available anywhere plus a full-colour monthly magazine. With their active Local Groups and lively UK wide events programme, if you own any Standard, or intend to own one in the near future, you owe it to yourself to join!
Love Standard? Visit www.standardmotorclub.org to find out more.
THE LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY 2018 IS DELIGHTED TO PRESENT THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GATHERING OF CLASSIC VEHICLE CLUBS WHO BRING JOY AND KNOWLEDGE TO THE SHOW ALONG WITH THEIR BEAUTIFUL VEHICLES.
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