Event: Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show
Date: 05.03.2016 & 06.03.2016
Location: The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) (Directions)
Admission: £27 Weekend Pass, £44 Family, £17 Adult, £10 Child (Under 5’s go free)
The third Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show held at the NEC in Birmingham has almost doubled in size due to the ever growing enthusiasm for the show, and it’s not hard to see why this event is becoming so popular.
Across the two days, visitors were able to see over 700 classic cars, ranging from barn finds to concours standard restorations as well as over 115 classic car clubs to look around, join and ask for advice from fellow owners.
The Workshop stage had live demonstrations throughout the day, including panel work basics, how to make repair sections and how to improve your bodywork skills. On the Practical Classics Live Stage in association with Discovery Channel, fans of Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China, For the Love of Cars Ant Anstead and Top Gear’s Original Stig Perry McCarthy could take part in a Q&A with the celebrity guests.
There were also demonstrations from Meguiar’s showing how you can revive your paintwork using their products. This was a particular highlight for me, as it was our very own MX-5 being used! I’m very much looking forward to seeing the finished result…
Del Boy’s Practical Challenge was also a lot of fun to watch, the Practical Classics team had 48 hours to revive the Only Fools and Horses Reliant Regal Supervan III used in the ‘Heroes and Villains’ episode. Did they succeed? You’ll have to keep an eye on Practical Classics!
Classic car fans also had a chance to go for a Dream Ride with The Sporting Bears Motor Club, who were raising money for the local children’s charity. There were plenty of bargains to be had at the extensive Autojumble and visitors could also bid on one of the 70 classics being auctioned by Silverstone Auctions.
Alongside the show, the inaugural National Car Club Awards were held on the Saturday evening and recognised a range of categories from National Car Club of the Year and Outstanding Car Club Event to Outstanding Club Magazine of the Year and Outstanding Use of Social Media.
I’m very much looking forward to the show next year, hopefully I will see you there!
Don’t miss the full show report and list of winners in the latest issue of Classic Car Weekly