Start your engines as the UK’s biggest motor show, celebrating motor heritage spanning the past 100 years, heads to the NEC, Birmingham from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November, bringing together over 70,000 enthusiasts from all over the world.
Around 2,500 classic cars and motorcycles will showcase manufacturers and events from all over the world, as well as celebrating home-grown British motoring icons.
Celebrating ‘Heroes and Heroines’, the 250 clubs showcase every aspect of motoring, at every extreme, with no classic too big or too small – from an 1880 Penny Farthing to a Double Decker bus! The displays create a timeline of vehicles right up to modern and future classics.
Event Director Daniel Nwaokolo said: “As ever the clubs are pulling out all the stops for this year’s show but we’ve also added some new elements too – including much more movement of vehicles in and around the show. Our popular Star Cars feature from 2015, where our celebrities curate the vehicles included, has been repositioned nearer the stage so we can fire these cars up and drive them onto the stage so people can get a closer look throughout the show.
“We’ve also added a brand new feature for 2016, working with HERO Events to bring their ‘Drive a Classic Car Experience’ to the show, where enthusiasts can get behind the wheel and take amazing classics out on the road. This has already proved popular with pre-bookings but will be available on the day too.”
The show offers a packed programme of features including a Live Stage bustling with TV motoring celebrities such as Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China, For the Love of Cars’ Ant Anstead, and Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend. There will also be special guests including British Racing icon Sir Stirling Moss.
For those motoring enthusiasts in the market for a classic car or motorcycle, Silverstone Auctions holds a two-day sale while specialist dealers will showcase their own gleaming examples.
More hands on advice for those restoring a classic can be found at the Restoration Theatre, whereas for enthusiasts who just want to enjoy the ride, the Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides offers a ten-mile ride as a passenger in exchange for a donation to UK’s children’s charities.
Over 600 trade stands will offer a wide range of parts, spares, tools, motoring services and memorabilia while the popular Autojumble is a haven for mechanics looking for that elusive motoring component.
According to a recent survey undertaken by the Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs, the value of classic car industries to the UK economy has increased by 27.9% from £4.3 billion in 2011 to a current £5.5 billion and provides employment for nearly 35,000 people.
Over 500,000 pre-1985 cars are registered with the DVLA and their owners will tell you that they enjoy them for their design, for their performance or for their investment potential. Equally they might delight in finally owning a car that they once admired on the cinema screen or the family saloon that delivered them to school in 1985, for the reasons behind old car ownership are as varied as the exhibits at the NEC. And whether your personal star of the event is a Ferrari or a Wolseley, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is an essential entry on any motoring enthusiast’s calendar.