Headline sponsor Lancaster Insurance is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year at the Classic Motor Show. Fully embracing the Top Trumps theme, the classic car insurance specialist has launched a Special Edition Top Trumps pack, which attendees can buy, and some of the cars featured will be displayed on its stand in Hall One.
Six cars will be on show and include a very rare flat nose Porsche 911 Turbo, MG Maestro Turbo, VW Campervan, Morris Mini Cooper, MK1 Escort Mexico and a Ford Mustang Fastback. The stand will also act as a collection point for attendees to pick up their Special Edition Top Trumps packs. Five of these packs will randomly feature an exclusive golden ticket and the lucky winner will receive a pair of day tickets to Goodwood Revival 2020, an overnight stay and dinner. (T&Cs apply).
This year, Lancaster will be displaying on two stands side by side - more information to be revealed very soon! It has also teamed up with Kelsey Media to create ‘Lancaster TV’. Over the three days, a ‘chat show’ will be hosted with special guests and the video will be uploaded onto social media daily.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, comments: “The show, like Top Trumps, evokes a feeling of nostalgia for many visitors as they look back and reminisce about the cars and memories from years gone by. This special theme is a perfect one as we mark 35 years of being part of the classic car community and we can’t wait to celebrate with visitors, clubs and exhibitors alike in November.”
We invited offers of British classics to exhibit on our club stand at this year's Lancaster Classic Motor Show with Discovery and you didn't disappoint!
More than 20 fantastic motors were offered by their proud owners and it's no word of a lie to say we would have been proud to display all of them - but of course we have to work with the space we have been allocated by the show organisers which has room for just 5 cars, so some very difficult choices have had to be made.
So firstly, the Admin team wants to say a very big thank you to everyone who took part - we really do appreciate it and wish we could have taken every motor put forward. Please try again next time.
The Fantastic Five
So here we are - the 5 magnificent beasties selected for this year's stand are:
Find our stand in Hall 5 at the show
Get the club Discount ticket code here
THE SWEENEY CONSUL RESTORATION REVEALED
The restoration of the Ford Consul GT that featured heavily in the first series of the 1970’s cult classic cop show The Sweeney is to be revealed at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery.
This 1974 model was supplied to Euston Films, part of the Thames TV company, from new for use in a new TV series called ‘The Sweeney’. Ford had originally supplied a blue Consul but the producers apparently asked for it to be replaced with one painted in a brighter colour to stand out for the camera against a drab London background.
The Consul was used for the entire series one production and most of series two before being replaced by Ford with a Granada 3.0S shortly after the Consul range discontinued production in 1975.
Appearing in the opening title sequences of the first three series, the Consul was on-screen with the show’s lead actors John Thaw, who played Regan, and Dennis Waterman as Carter, along with their boss Haskins, played by Garfield Morgan.
This Consul was used in some of the most remembered 1970’s TV classic car chases around west London and consequently was fitted with some non-standard equipment including a full engine sump guard, full fuel tank shield and a bulkhead brace bar.
The current owner, known to those who have been following the build on social media as Mr Shifter, bought the car in 1988 in the Slough area and used it regularly until it was taken off the road in 1989 after failing its MoT on structural corrosion. It was placed into storage until it was finally rebuilt and the restoration completed earlier this year by the team at MBVR Ltd.
Mr Shifter said: “My thanks go to all the companies and people who have worked hard to get the car back to full health after almost thirty years off the road.”
The Ford Consul will be pride of place at the entrance to Hall 5 of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, so they’ll be no chance of missing it. It will have security with it just in case anyone tries to slide across the bonnet in a 70s cop show style!
We have a pair of show tickets to give away!
Courtesy of Lancaster Insurance Services
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Provided by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs
A new and fascinating feature at the entrance to Hall 5 of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, has been created by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and their partners featuring a unique collection of exhibits.
The stand will be difficult to miss as centre stage will be a Midland Red double-decker bus. SHA 431 spent all its service life working from Birmingham Digbeth garage on routes from Birmingham to Coventry, Malvern, Solihull and Stratford. It was sold in 1967 to Foster Brothers, manufacturers and retailers of men’s clothing. Fosters painted it green and used it daily to transport staff from their old factory in inner Birmingham to new premises in Shirley.
The chassis is a Leyland Titan PD2/12 Special; between 1923 and 1970 Midland Red built its own buses but, from time to time, urgent needs for more new vehicles meant buses were purchased from outside manufacturers. 100 Leyland Titans were bought by Midland Red in 1952-3 with bodies modified to suit the company's styling ideas. It is believed SHA 431 is the only remaining example.
Electric vehicles are in the news every day but they have been around far longer. There will be a 1912 Baker Electric Car, 1974 Zagato Zele city car and from 1940 an electric motor complete with bespoke gearbox created by the French manufacturer Lucien Rosengart as a direct replacement for the Austin 7 powerplant in the cars he built in Paris under licence. In the USA in the years 1899 and 1900 electric vehicles outsold all other types of car. In fact, according to the Census, 28 per cent of all 4,192 cars produced in 1900 were electric. The Zagato was created for an entirely different reason, the company gained a reputation as a coachbuilder and styling house for many great names - Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin to name just two. But by the late sixties’, manufacturers were taking styling in-house and producing cars like the Ford Capri and Datsun 240Z. Zagato was in trouble and their solution was to create a city car powered by electricity. This is the only car manufactured completely by Zagato and the vehicle remained in production until 1991.
Other vehicles on display include another Rosengart, this time a 1938 Sutosix SuperSept Coupe, the only survivor of five or six cars manufactured. The car has covered less than 8,900 kilometres from new and the owner has researched the full history including the original bill of sale. By complete contrast, there is a Trojan from 1927, named the Utility it was very basic. This car has the three optional extras available at the time - pneumatic rather than solid tyres, a windscreen wiper and a calorimeter, used to measure the temperature of the water in the radiator. Trojan advertising at the time claimed ‘over 200 miles, driving a Trojan is cheaper than what you would pay in shoe leather and socks.’
Don't miss the 1914 Matchless 8B MGC (Machine Gun Corps) combination, this prototype was offered to the British Army but it did not place an order so Matchless offered the machine to Russia but it did not order either; it is amazing that it has survived for so many years!
The Federation is joined on the Village Green by its partners Peter James Insurance, Duckhams, paint manufacturer Glasurit, King Dick Tools and Cambridge & Counties Bank. The partners are also displaying vehicles. Whilst King Dick Tools only manufacture tools in the UK these days, it has made rifles and motorcycles amongst many other things. The AKD [Abingdon King Dick] Model 40 was manufactured in 1930 and is the only surviving example. But for a real heritage fix, have a look at the stand of Cambridge & Counties Bank . . . it is showing a 1955 ex-works development TR2. This car is being restored and you will have the opportunity of meeting apprentices from the Heritage Skills Academy and examining period photographs showing the Apprentice Training School in the mid-fifties!
by Gar Cole
Date: Saturday 26th September 2020
To celebrate the joint 60th birthdays of Group members Nick Arthur and Gus Brooks I'm announcing by far our most ambitious driving tour to date, taking place on Saturday 26th September 2020 .
The convoy will meet at the Quayside in Castletown on the southern tip of the island with members of the islands classic car club , from here we head across to Port Erin, then we will head north using as many rural and coastal roads up the western side of the island, taking in towns with such great names as Peel, Ballaugh, The Cronk, Jurby and the northern-most village of Bride.
From here the route heads south down the East coast through Ramsey and stopping at the Laxey wheel, the largest water wheel in the world, just next door we will park up and take a ride on the Snaefell electric mountain cog railway to enjoy the amazing scenery.
To finish up the convoy will head into Douglas for a pre booked celebration birthday dinner at one of the larger promenade hotels/restaurants .
To answer a few frequently asked questions as best I can:
This is a joint tour with our sister group Pre Millennial Motors, so all vehicles British and foreign built before 2000 are welcome.
Official Press Release from Clarion Events
Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, filled halls of the NEC, Birmingham in March and we cannot believe how fast time is going.
So fast in fact, we're pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2020 show!
The 28,000 visitors and 350 exhibitors, car clubs and autojumblers enjoyed more motoring action than ever with exciting demonstrations, enticing live working and excellent car displays. It's the place for all things classic car restoration and maintenance.
So join us and thousands of others on 27-29 March at the NEC, Birmingham to reminisce with friends and ignite that motoring passion for every generation.
by Gar Cole
Our first driving tour of 2020 promises to be a cracker, starting from the picturesque coastal village of Charmouth on Dorset's 'World Heritage Jurassic Coast ' the tour will follow the beautiful B3157 coast road passing through West Bay, Bridport, Weymouth, Abbotsbury and reaching Portland Bill for a refreshment stop at the Lighthouse restaurant.
From Portland Bill the convoy will take a different route back to Charmouth via Cerne Abbas, Maiden Newton, Beaminster and a refreshment stop at the Half Moon at Netherbury. Beautiful country roads, quaint villages and great scenery with endless photo opportunities.
Upon returning to Charmouth we will park in the secure beach car park. A cooking permit has been acquired to have a BBQ and dinner on the grass land surrounding the beach. Food will be cooked by my brother who is a Charmouth native and an excellent cook; you're all welcome to join us.
This is a joint meet with our sister group Pre Millennial Motor Vehicles group; hope to see you there.