With less than one week to launch, an expected 21,000 enthusiasts will be heading towards Birmingham NEC for the 2018 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery.
Fastest Growing Classic Car Event
Hailed officially as the UK’s fastest growing classic car event, this ‘friendly classic car show’ packs a restoration punch many enthusiasts prefer to the more sophisticated, glamorous and ‘complete’ motor show.
The event brings together an eclectic mix of over 1000 classic vehicles, ranging from rare barn to concours on display at the Birmingham NEC.
Austin and Ford to Porsche and Ferrari will accompany everything in-between, where you can expect to be taken on a trip down a classic motoring memory lane. Iconic cars you could have seen in 2017 included a rare MG Y Type, an epically restored BMW M1, a Sahara crossing Citroen 2CV, one of the last racing GXL capris and of course much more.
Classic Car Curation will be there to witness a full three day programme, where visitors can expect a bumper list of features, including an out of action Austin A30 with only 24,000 miles recorded miles on the clock and a 1982 BMW 535i MSport in the Carole Nash Barn Find display.
If the complete classic look and feel is your bag, then head over to the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership stand where you can watch some unique and stunning privately owned classics go head-to-head in a bid to gain a podium finish. Of the 20 finalists, almost half of the cars selected are from the 1980s, 90s and even the year 2000.
Richard Morley, Divisional Head at Lancaster Insurance, comments:
“The calibre of cars being displayed in the Pride of Ownership is always outstanding, and this year is no different. These first entrants show the passion, dedication and skill enthusiasts have for their classics and we’re looking forward to seeing the full line up at the show.”
Classic Car Auctions
Always a crowd puller, Classic Car Auctions will endeavour to host and deliver their biggest ever sale to date, which will feature over 200 ‘every man’ cars. Among the lot list of over 160 cars for sale will be an early, right-hand drive 1951 Lancia Aurelia B10 Berlina, which is believed to be the only example of its kind in the UK. Originally sold in Australia, the car was imported to the UK in 2015 and gradually restored and upgraded over the years. Estimated at £18,000 to £20,000, it is even eligible for the Mille Miglia.
Auction fanatics may remember this 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal, previously sold by Silverstone Auctions in 2013, emerging from a recent £28,000 restoration. This dazzling example will be offered for sale on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March.
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The magnetic live stage will play host to Wheeler Dealers and global motoring wizards, Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, who will accompany Practical Classics Editor, Danny Hopkins and his team taking on their biggest show project yet – restoring a Citroen 2CV across the three day show.
Joining the Practical Classics & Wheeler Dealer boys will also be Salvage Hunters – Classic Cars duo, Drew Pritchard and Paul Cowland.
Another featured face will be Jimmy De Ville from Goblin Works Garage!, fresh off the back of his new series premiere.
Iconic MGB Restored & Unveiled
An iconic rally MGB that contested the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon is to return to the limelight after 50 years thanks to the efforts of volunteers from the MG Car Club’s MGB Register. Rescued from a scrapyard, the restored car will be unveiled on the MGCC stand at 11am during the opening day of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC on 23rd March.
The Marathon was conceived in 1967 during a period of despondency in Britain caused by a weak pound. Sir Max Aitken, proprietor of the Daily Express, decided to create an event that the newspaper could sponsor, and would serve to raise the country’s spirits.
UMD 534F was among 98 cars to set off from Crystal Palace for the gruelling 10,000 mile, 10-day event across 10 different countries, becoming the only sportscar to reach the finish. It was driven by Jean Denton, who was well-known for her motorsport exploits and later enjoyed success as a business woman and as a Government Minister, becoming Baroness Denton in 1991.
Trader Village & Autojumble
The classic trader village and Autojumble offers everything you need for the 2018 classic season – be it as a driver, mechanic, crew or an ardent enthusiast. A treasure trove for classic enthusiasts, those tackling restoration projects, or anyone looking for a one-off gift, the popular Autojumble features over 100 stands offering all sorts of parts, spares, tools, prints, model cars and oddments.
Remember tickets are now on sale to Spring’s Best Classic Car show so join us and the classic restoration movement from 23 – 25 March at Birmingham’s NEC and book yours today!
More information and details from www.necrestorationshow.com
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