The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show 2019 will grace the Birmingham NEC once again 22 – 24 March.
Tagged as the UK’s fastest growing car show, the popular Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show will take place at the usual venue and promises to attract around 25,000 plus visitors.
Around 175 clubs will attend the 3-day showcase, with a bakers dozen making their classic restoration debut.
Acting Show Director, Lee Masters:
“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 disciples can expect to see the Ford AVO Owners Club continuing with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the ever increasing favourite, the Escort Mexico by displaying an ex-press car that is undergoing restoration.
The Mk1-5 Cortina Owners Club will also be on hand to celebrate its 30th year with a stand featuring a fully restored Mk 4 Cortina 2.3S, which is believed to be the last one in the UK.
50 years of the Ford Capri
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.
Britishness is well catered for as the Rover Coupe Owners Club marks 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.
Pride of Ownership competition
The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition showcases what a bit of elbow grease and a lot of time can result in. 20 of the UKs most cherished cars with some incredible and heart-warming stories behind them, take pride of place in the show, each bidding for visitors votes to be crowned the winner.
At the other end of the scale are the rusty wrecks making up the UKs biggest collection of barn finds in the Carole Nash barn find display. The cars on display have been unearthed from garages, sheds and the bottom of gardens. Some need a lot of love to get them back on the road while others should be left to ‘rust in peace.’
For more information about the show and tickets click here.