Thursday October 11, 2018
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is promising its biggest and most diverse display yet at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 9-11 November.
The FBHVC has released a taster of what visitors to their stand can expect, with something for everyone, from commercials to sports cars.
For fans of military vehicles, the Scout Carrier Mk 1L with its four guns is guaranteed to attract plenty of attention. Carrying the military identification number T5329, it was completed on 17 July 1939 and of the 963 Scout Carriers made this one is the only known survivor. Sent to North Africa for use by the British Army - it still sports a bullet hole sustained during enemy action - it then found its way to Australia in March 1943.
Sold to a farmer who wanted the V8 engine, the Scout was discovered by a military vehicle collector in 2006. Later sold to its present owner who undertook a detailed restoration, it was found to be remarkably well preserved and retains plenty of original features including the original civilian registration number of RMY 683.
It won’t be the only big vehicle on the FBHVC stand as there will also be a 1931 AEC Regent double decker bus. First delivered to the City of Birmingham Corporation and registered OV 4486, it now belongs to the Transport Museum, Wythall and is nearing the end of a lengthy restoration.
When it comes to working vehicles, traction engines always draw a crowd, only this one is a little different. Made entirely from LEGO, it is the work of John Cramp who named his creation ‘The Old Workhorse’. Part of the LEGO Ideas initiative that encourages enthusiasts to submit designs, a model receiving 10,000 votes will be considered for production.
Admirers of commercial vehicles will also be delighted by the appearance of a 1968 bedford CA van belonging to the Vauxhall Heritage Collection. Launched in 1952 and with more than 250,000 produced, the CA was hugely popular with delivery drivers and trades people.
The one-piece windscreen and larger radiator grille identifies this example as one built towards the end of production, and it is painted in the same livery as vans used at the Vauxhall plant during the early 1960s.
Of course, classic cars haven’t been forgotten and the BMW Z1 is sure to prove popular. The model was launched in 1988 - the same year that the FBHVC was formed – and the example on display belongs to proud owner, Jeff Hewison, who purchased the car in July 2006: “It was stunning and definitely love at first sight.
After buying it from a BMW dealer I only expected to own it for ten years but realised I couldn’t bring myself to let her go. It’s the most pleasant and rewarding car I have ever driven, and a masterpiece of German engineering.”
Visit the FBHVC stand in Hall 5 next to the Discovery Live Stage.