A brand-new display area dedicated to emerging classics from the 1980s-'90s has been announced by organisers of the NEC Classic Motor Show. The event, which takes place in November, is aiming to draw more young people into the hobby.
Event director Dan Nwaokolo said: "By having a dedicated area for 'Youngtimers’, we’re giving these young clubs a platform to introduce themselves to the classic car movement, while also promoting the scene to like-minded enthusiasts of a similar generation. We know that they’re not only the future of our show but the entire classic community and we’re thrilled at the number of younger people we see each year – it’s great to see so many clubs either embracing younger people or youngsters forming their own clubs.”
While the focus of the new area is on modern classics, it is also being used to welcome classic car clubs that cater specially for younger members, such as the Oxford University Motorsport Foundation, Young Guns Classics and the Morris Minor Owner's Club Young Members Register.
“We wanted to give youngsters a practical side to their theory and encourage them into classic motor sport” says Ding Boston from OUMF. “For first-timers the simplicity of classic cars makes them perfect for students. It’s always interesting to see what cars inspire these youngsters.”