All systems go as the largest indoor classic vehicle exhibition spreads it’s metaphorical wings even wider, this time by adding an extra hall to the already power-packed Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery.
The high octane classic extravaganza is inviting even more clubs to display at this top class event, in the process creating the World’s biggest gathering of classic motoring clubs.
This year’s show will be held at the popular and very accessible Birmingham NEC from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November, with around 300 classic car and classic motorbike clubs showcasing vehicles owned by members, interpreting this year’s show theme of ‘Built to Last.’
Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
The Debutant Hall
Hall 8, which takes the overall show space to one million square feet (the equivalent of 18 full size football pitches) will be called The Debutant Hall as it will host 15 clubs that have never exhibited at the end of season finale ever before.
Acting Show Director Lee Masters explains:
“The classic vehicle clubs are the DNA of the show so when we got the opportunity to increase to seven halls it gave us the chance to open the doors to those smaller niche clubs that haven’t had the chance to display their marques in previous years.
“What we didn’t realise was this also afforded us the accolade of being the World’s biggest gathering of classic motoring clubs representing so many different manufacturers and eras.”
The ‘Debutants’ include the Richard Burns RB5 and RB320 Memorial Club, Dorset Area Farina Owners, Perana Owners Club, and the Monoposto Racing Club. United Centos (Fiat Cinquecentos and Seicentos) will also make its debut alongside Club Calibra, Fordsport, MINI Y REGister, and Racing-Puma.co.uk.
Another first-timer is The Austin Rover & MG Owners Club Sussex, displaying for the first time as does the Cannock and District Car Club, Chevettes n Kadetts, Fiat Coupé Club, RS500 Owners, and the Retro Caravan Club.
A few from last year’s event – Click to enlarge
There will also be a hearty welcome for 25 clubs who were abscent from last year’s event, including ten clubs who have not exhibited within two to six years. These will include the Historic Marathon Rally Group, which will be celebrating 50 years since the London to Sydney Marathon Rally, the Aero Minx Register, Zastava and Yugo Owners Club and the Piper Sports and Racing Car Club.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, added:
“I’m ecstatic that a larger number of clubs will be attending the show, giving us the opportunity to marvel at even more marques and models. Car clubs truly are the heartbeat of our industry and while having a close relationship with many, we are keen to support and work with more. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the debutants to the show and can’t wait to see the additional clubs on display!”
With around 40 additional clubs this year, the organisers are expecting the number of cars and bikes on show to top 3,000 vehicles, including those that are on display by the 650 specialist traders and dealers also taking part.
As well as all the popular features such as Silverstone Auctions sale, Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides, the Restoration Theatre, and Discovery Live Stage, the show also boasts the UK’s biggest indoor Autojumble and Classic Trader Village. Such is its popularity with visitors and traders alike, the space is already 80 per cent sold out.
The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.