NEC promises its best-ever classic show

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With seven halls featuring more than 230 clubs, a host of designers and a raft of anniversaries – along with dedicated buying advice from C&SC and a chance to post a free online advert for your classic – this year’s Classic Motor Show is set to the best yet.

The annual three-day show at Birmingham’s NEC kicks off in just three days on 11 November and C&SC will be part it all with step-by-step advice sessions each day (2-3pm) conducted by classic car expert Brian Page of Classic Assessments plus facilities to upload an advertisement of your classic car to www.classicandsportscar.com (just bring a memory stick with the photos ) and we’ll show you how to do it. What’s more, the editorial team will be on hand to meet you at set times each day!

C&SC, in association Lancaster Insurance, will also be hosting the hotly contested annual Club Awards – including the trophy for Best Themed Stand and Car of the Show – on Saturday 12 November.

There’ll be plenty on the anniversary front, too, starting with a last gasp party for Jaguar’s E-type, and its often-forgotten MkX sibling – which was given its debut the same year – and extending to the Mini Cooper, with the celebrations for the front-drive icon including a line-up of five ex-RAC Rally cars.

The golden anniversary festivities will also include Volvo’s P1800, with key examples on show, including the 1961 four-cylinder Aston Martin-engined prototype and ST1 – the car Simon Templar drove in The Saint.

Also on hand will be P958-X1, the P1800 prototype, together with its designer and creator, Pelle Petterson. Other designers paying a visit to the show include Ginetta co-founder,
Ivor Walklett – who will be on the GInetta Owners’ Club stand and wedge
guru Oliver Winterbottom, who will be hosted at the show by Lotusexcel.net.

That’s in addition to the bumper, 1400+ classic turnout across the halls as clubs respond to the show’s ‘Running in the Family’ theme with displays inspired by classics that have been passed down from generation to generation and those that shared the same designer or engineering.

Show manager Andy Rouse explains: “One of the most common expressions you hear from our visitors when walking around the halls is ‘my Dad had one of those’ and this applies to every marque, from Reliants through to Rollers! It’s like looking through a family album for most people as they see the car they learnt to drive in or went on holiday in – it’s these vehicles that are a part of a family’s history we will be celebrating.”

For more information see Classic Motor Show.

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