This year’s Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show will see the Live Stage disappear and a new interactive ‘Classic World’ feature introduced as part of the three-day automotive event held 27-29 March at Birmingham’s NEC.
The new ‘Classic World’ feature will endeavour to celebrate all the factors of owning a classic vehicle, to be broken essentially into 4 learning segments; Work in Progress, Staff Car Sagas, Barn Finds Revisited, and the Classic World Stage (all you need to know about everything important).
Event Director Lee Masters explains:
“We are all very excited about what this new feature brings to the show. We’ve always championed live working to educate as well as entertain the visitors but this takes it to a whole new level.
“The audience will be at the centre of the Classic World. Surrounding them will be project cars currently being worked on with live demonstrations of some of the key tasks and a chance for the audience to get the advice they need for their own restoration.
“There’s also freshly restored cars previously seen on the Barn Find display, and those classics that need regular care and maintenance to keep them going. None of these exhibits are static and is best seen when driving, so they will take to the Classic World roadway so the audience can see and hear them brought back to life.
“Bringing this all together is the Classic World stage where you can find all you need to know about everything important about owning a classic vehicle. Rather than just have a live stage with interviews and guests, we want to encourage two-way conversation and some healthy debate about the classic motoring community. The audience will have the opportunity to give their opinions both visually and vocally. It will bring a really different element to the show.”
The usual suspects will be on hand providing interviews including V motoring restorers Ant Anstead from Wheeler Dealers, Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend, and Jimmy De Ville from Goblin Works Garage and Fifth Gear.
There will also be some hot topics discussed including the skills shortage and the ‘dying arts’ of classic restoration, electrification, restoration versus preservation, the future of fuel, MoT exemption, Smart Motorways, and that age-old question – what’s a classic?
There will also be the opportunity for the public to get involved as each day will see six classic car owners invited to show off their car and drive it on the Classic World roadway.
The show will also present the biggest display of barn finds in the Carole Nash Barn Find area, over 150 classic motoring clubs, live restorations, The Workshop demonstration theatre, over 250 specialist traders and spring’s biggest indoor autojumble.
Tickets for the event can be found via this link.