Tuesday March 19, 2019
Spring has truly sprung as the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 22-24 March for its biggest show yet with over 170 classic motoring clubs and over 1,300 cars on display.
For 2019, another hall has being added, increasing the show by 20 per cent, to provide more space for new classic car clubs and those clubs who want to do more live working at the show, bringing 35 more clubs than 2018. Expect to see engines rebuilt, interiors replaced, brightwork refurbished and much more as the clubs pull out all the stops to pass on their knowledge to motoring fans of all ages.
Throughout the three-day show, the Practical Classics Live Stage will welcome TV motoring celebrities including Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer, Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars host Drew Pritchard and Paul Cowland, and Vicki Butler-Henderson and Alex Riley from The Car Years. There will also be a live restoration of a Triumph TR6, with plans to drive the car off the stage at the end of the show.
The Workshop, sponsored by SkillShack, will offer classes and demonstrations on restoring body work including panel making and lead loading, while for those who dream of undertaking a mammoth project, the Carole Nash Barn Find display brings together hidden treasures from out-buildings, sheds, yards and indeed barns from all over the UK.
On Friday, the six ‘Reader Restorations’ chosen by the voters from the 16 entries that have appeared in Practical Classics over the past 12 months will find out who is taking home the coveted Golden Spanner and the title of Restorer of the Year.
Throughout the weekend, visitors will be invited to vote for their favourite out of the 20 finalists in the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition. From a 1925 Ford Model T Truck to a 1994 Austin Montego Countryman, the finalists have either restored their vehicles or have a fantastic story to tell.
The Sporting Bears brings Dream Rides to the NEC, offering ten-mile rides as a passenger in one of the cars from the Dream Rides Garage in exchange for a charitable donation. Cars on offer range from British sports cars to more modern supercars. Every penny raised goes to children’s charities across the UK.
Along with all the features, the show also boasts the UK’s biggest indoor spring autojumble and 350 specialist traders as well as a two-day sale by Classic Car Auctions featuring over 200 vehicles.
For more information as well as the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necrestorationshow.com