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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!
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ENTRIES CLOSE 10 NOVEMBER 2019
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.
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The 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, isn't just a milestone for the event organisers, it also holds fond memories for car enthusiasts too.
James Walshe is just one example. The classic car fan and Deputy Editor of Practical Classics magazine attributes the very first NEC show as where his passion for motoring, and in particular, Citroën started.
"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!"
‘FROM 1984 – THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY HALL’ – MORE DETAILS OF NEC CLASSIC CELEBRATIONS REVEALED
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.
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?
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
- Pre-85 British motor vehicles only - cars or motorcycles are welcome
- Members only, 1 vehicle per member
- We all do it for love - no monies will change hands
- We accept no responsibility for damage to your vehicle whilst at or in transit to the show, however caused
- You will be responsible for transporting your vehicle to and from the show
- Accommodation and meals are not provided but you will be given 2 wristbands per day entitling the wearers to free entry to the show and a free parking pass for your modern car covering all 3 days
- You will be expected to man the stand for at least 1 day on a rota basis
- Admin selections will be final
- Closing date for applications is 31 July 2019; applicants will not be contacted until after the closing date
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