by Gar Cole
Driving tour - Saturday 23 November 2019, Yorkshire
To celebrate Bernard Owens ' our groups elder sage ' 80th birthday and to break up the long winter months we have decided to do a scenic drive during November along the stunning Yorkshire Moors.
Starting from the Cross Keys Hotel in Upsall, we will cross the Moors to Pickering Station, explore the local attractions, drive on from there to Goathland, whose village and station featured in Heartbeat and the Harry Potter films.
From here we will take the coastal road down to Whitby for an organised Fish and Chip lunch, finally a visit to Whitby Abbey ruins for photos with our cars before returning to the hotel.
Expect the weather to be bitterly cold, all vehicles welcome on this tour either classic or modern. You are welcome to just join us for the Saturday drive or if you prefer some of us are staying the weekend at the Cross Keys Inn near Guisborough Friday and Saturday night.
It is free to book through booking.com and you pay at the hotel, you can cancel free of charge up to 24hrs before check-in if we have to cancel due to snow.
Feeling brave? Then see you there! 😀
The official photo gallery from the group's weekend at the Gloucester Vintage & Steam Extravaganza is now available on our website.
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.
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.
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
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.
ENTRIES CLOSE midnight GMT 31 December 2018
by Andrea Seed
Next year’s Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, is set to be a record breaker as it will be the biggest yet! Another hall is being added, increasing the show by 20 per cent, to provide more space for new classic car clubs and those clubs who want to do more live working at the show.
Some 175 clubs will attend the three day event held at Birmingham’s NEC from 22-24 March 2019. Of those confirmed, 13 clubs appearing are making their spring debut at the show.
Acting Show Director Lee Masters said: “This is the fastest growing motor show in the UK which proves just how much interest there is, not only in the classic car market, but in owners wanting to look after their own cars. As well as advice and expertise on restoration, we aim to also provide valuable knowledge on how to maintain and service your own vehicles which can save owners time and money in the future.”
Ford fans will be well catered for with the Ford AVO Owners Club continuing the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Escort Mexico by displaying an ex-press car that is undergoing restoration. The Mk1-5 Cortina Owners Club celebrate its 30thyear with a stand featuring a fully restored Mk 4 Cortina 2.3S believed to be the only one on UK roads.
The Tickford Owners Club celebrates 50 years of the Ford Capri with a superb mix of project and restored cars. The RS500 Owners community pay tribute to the brilliant driver, Rudi Eggenberger, who sadly passed away this year. His exploits in the Cosworth RS500 touring car were legendary and the stand features one of his racers.
For something a little more unusual, the Retro Caravan Club stand is a must-visit. Displaying caravans at different stages of restoration, including a barn-find example, visitors can watch repairs being made to one during the show.
Staying with the unusual theme, the Buckler Register enthusiastically promotes these fascinating British sports cars, and show-goers can watch members build an example from a bare chassis to a running car and admire a Buckler 90 that has never been on the road. And remember the tiny Peel P50 hailing from the Isle of Man? The Peel Owners Club will attempt to build one during the show.
British cars are also well represented amongst the debutantes, including the MG Car Club’s Young Members Group. Highlights of the Group’s stand include an MGB GT in daily use, a barn find MGA Coupe, and an MG ZT-T in concours condition. And be sure to visit the 1100 Club which will be showcasing maintenance and restoration work alongside fascinating technical displays.
For more Britishness, the Rover Coupe Owners Club is marking 20 years since the end of Coupe production and 30 years since the launch of the R8 platform that underpinned the stylish sports car. A very early, pre-release press car is a highlight of the stand and restoration work will begin at the show. With numerous Vauxhall anniversaries to be celebrated - including 30 years of the Calibra coupe - visitors should head to the Vauxhall Bedford Opel Association stand.
German marques are well represented, too, with the Quattro Owners Club displaying the first ever UK model that requires restoration. Visitors to the Scirocco Register stand can enjoy the 45th anniversary of the Mk 1 model and admire one of the earliest cars in existence, a 1974 Scirocco TS.
With such a great selection of clubs making their debut, the 2019 show promises to be better than ever. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necrestorationshow.co
Mike Peake brings you the "Codgers Do The Cotswolds" tour - and all members are invited. Club tours are not limited to pre-85 British motors - Pre-Millennials are also welcome, so do join us if you can!
Whatever you have planned for the end of May bank holiday, cancel it and join us on a driving tour of the Cotswolds. It's that jolly nice chap Phil Allin's 50th Birthday too.
Join us all weekend or just a day; you'll love it. Please book the campsite yourselves - or if you're not the camping types, feel free to choose and book your own accommodation elsewhere.
Book Early - its the Bank Holiday!
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