Great Western Classic Car Show 2017

Event: The Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show 2017
Date: 11.02.2017 – 12.02.2017
Location: Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet (Directions)
Admission: £10 Adult, Under 16’s go free
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToiletsDog Friendly
Website: The Great Western Classic Car Show

The Great Western Classic Car Show was another first for me. Held at the Royal Bath & West Showground, this gathering of cars from across South West England was spread across four halls with a wide selection of classics to be found in the dedicated car parking area just outside of the Main Arena. The event also hosted a large Autojumble with plenty of rarities to be found amongst it’s stalls.

The venue offers facilities which are accessible for all visitors and has small café on the lower floor and a larger restaurant and bar on the upper floor which provide a range of food and drinks. There are are no cash machines at this event so remember to have cash on you for the stands which can’t accept card payments. Dogs are welcome providing they are kept on a short lead.

You can find the full report in Classic Car Weekly!

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VSCC New Year Driving Tests

Event: The Vintage Sports-Car Club New Year Driving Tests
Date: 29.01.2017
Location: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge (Directions)
Admission: £30 Family, £11 Adult, £10 Student, £10 Senior Citizen, £6 Child (Under 5’s go free)
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToiletsPlay Area
Website: Brooklands Museum

The VSCC New Year Driving Tests offered something different at Brooklands today. Instead of the usual display of cars, the pre-war vehicles taking part had to complete a series of complicated courses that were laid out across the museum grounds in the quickest time possible.

It’s really quite something to watch these 1920’s and 30’s cars speeding around tight circuits and tackling the Test Hill. The wonderful thing I find with VSCC events is just how much the drivers enjoy themselves and they’re not at all afraid of getting their cars muddy or pushing them to the limit… it makes for some great spectator viewing!

I’m looking forward to going to more VSCC events in the future, if this and the Lakeland Trial are anything to go by they’re certain to be a great day out.

Keep an eye out for the the full report in Classic Car Weekly

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

Event: Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
Date: 11.11.2016 – 13.11.2016
Location: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham (Directions)
Admission*: £48.50 Family, £28.00 Adult, £13.50 Child (Under 5’s go free)
Facilities: DrinksFoodToiletsCash MachineWiFi
Website: Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
*Ticket prices vary depending on which day you visit, please click here for further details.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is one of the biggest classic car shows of the year, with 270 car clubs attending and over 2,500 cars and motorcycles on display this year it was event not to be missed. There were plenty of things to see, do and buy across the five giant halls of the NEC which you can enjoy across three days.

As ever there was an extensive Autojumble and auctions held by Silverstone Auctions for visitors wanting to purchase anything from memorabilia to celebrity cars. The Resto Theatre had live bodywork restoration demonstrations and The Sporting Bears Motor Club were back again to offer Dream Rides to raise money for local charities. The Live Stage this year was host to Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China, Building Cars Live’s Ant Anstead and Car SOS’s Fuzz Townshend as well as the Practical Classics Practical Challenge.

There were many stalls to visit and  projects to support throughout the show, but one in particular caught my eye… the Dadandlad team are hoping to to gain enough votes for LEGO to produce a Land Rover kit. You can follow their progress on their Lego Landrover Facebook page and vote for them on the LEGO Ideas website.

The NEC has plenty of facilities including restaurants, cash machines and free WiFi to keep you refreshed and entertained during your visit. Don’t miss the the full report in Classic Car Weekly and come along to the show next year!

P.S. I must give a mention to the following shows that I simply didn’t have the time to blog about due to wedding preparations and family events taking up all of my spare time; Prestatyn Classic Car Show, Classic & Performance Car Spectacular, Cholmondeley Power and Speed, Passion For Power, Ormskirk MotorFest, The Manchester Classic Car Show, Castle Combe Autumn Classic and the VSCC Lakeland Trial, they’re all great events and hopefully next year I’ll get the chance to write about them properly!

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 6th November 2016

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster!

If we were having coffee today, I would once again welcome you to mum’s place as it’s my younger sister’s birthday today. We’ve just come back from a birthday lunch and are about to cut the cake, would you like a slice?

This week has been very busy for me with one thing and another. Monday was taken up with Halloween festivities such as carving pumpkins and baking pumpkin pie, I spent Tuesday doing freelance work (which I’m looking forward to seeing in print later this week) and Wednesday was the only day I had free to get the housework done, so I did 9 solid hours of it… I was in so much pain afterwards!

On Saturday my husband and I went to the Honister Slate Mine in Borrowdale to cover the VSCC Lakeland Trial, which puts vintage cars from the 1920’s and 30’s to the test by seeing which can make it to the top of Fleetwith Pike. Later that evening we had a small Bonfire Night celebration with the family with some fireworks, sparklers and plenty of cake!

If we were having coffee today, I would ask how your week has been? Do you have any exciting news? The latest for our family is that my cousin got engaged on Thursday to the lovely lady who made my wedding dress earlier this year! I seem to be at that age now where everyone I know is getting married and/or having babies… I think a clothes shopping trip is in order soon!

I’m currently taking part in the #BookishScavengerHunt16 on Instagram. It’s been great fun so far going through my books and it’s also a good excuse to sort out my bookcases. You can see my pictures so far on my Instagram here. Are you taking part in any daily challenges? Which have been your favourite? I would love to hear about them!

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It’s been lovely to see you! I hope you have a great week and don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up!

Donington Historic Festival

Event: Donington Historic Festival
Date: 30.04.2016 – 02.05.2016
Location: Donington Park, Castle Donington (Directions)
Advance Discount Admission: £21 (1 day), £34 (2 day), £45 (3 day), Under 16’s go free
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToilets
Website: Donington Historic Festival

Monday was my first visit to the Donington Historic Festival and the Donington Park Circuit where the event is held. Through the breaks in the torrential rain (which would suddenly switch to glorious sunshine and then back again) I managed to have a look around the memorabilia stalls and watch the racing action.

As well as watching the races, spectators had free access to the race paddocks, could enjoy a passenger ride with the Caterham Experience, watch the Group B rally cars and visit the car club displays situated in the middle of the infield.

Donington has two on site cafés and plenty of food stalls dotted around the circuit, as well a shop that sells drinks, sweets and magazines. For an added fee, visitors can look around The Donington Grand Prix Collection which showcases over 130 exhibits illustrating the history of motorsport.

Don’t miss the the full report in Classic Car Weekly

Classic Drive and Ride in Day

Event: Classic Drive and Ride in Day
Date: 17.04.2016
Location: Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow (Directions)
Admission: £24 Family, £8.50 Adult, £5 Child (Under 5’s go free)
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToilets
Website: Lakeland Motor Museum

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as David and I headed to the Lake District in our 1972 MGB GT to take part in the Classic Drive and Ride in Day, held at the Lakeland Motor Museum.

We were joined by fellow classic car owners, who showed off their pride and joy across the car parks surrounding the museum. All participants received a voucher to enjoy a discount admission fee to look around the museum and the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition.

As well as plenty of motorcars to look around, the museum is also home to a varied selection of caravans, motorcycles, automobilia, bicycles, pedal cars and a tribute to the Isle of Man TT. There is also a large gift shop which offers a large range of gifts and memorabilia for all age ranges.

The adjacent Café Ambio serves a large range of locally sourced food, cakes, cheeses and meats which you can enjoy whilst sat by the River Leven watching the steam trains pass by.

If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District, make sure you include a visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum whilst you’re there!

Keep an eye out for the the full report in Classic Car Weekly

Brooklands MG Era

Event: Brooklands MG Era
Date: 10.04.2016
Location: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge (Directions)
Admission: £30 Family, £11 Adult, £10 Student, £10 Senior Citizen, £6 Child (Under 5’s go free)
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToiletsPlay Area
Website: Brooklands Museum

This MG event at Brooklands Museum was just as enjoyable as I had hoped. The main focus of the show was to celebrate 80 years of the MG TA and 55 years of the MG Midget, but all forms of MG were welcome.

Just like the Mini Day last weekend, owners had the opportunity to drive their car up the Test Hill and be part of a club or solo display. Drivers could also take part in the Cavalcade at Mercedes-Benz World and be in with the chance of winning one of the Concours Awards.

As I have previously mentioned, there are plenty of things to see and do at the museum, such as visiting the London Bus Museum and the Brooklands Concorde as well as the numerous aviation and motoring displays throughout the grounds.

Don’t miss the full report in Classic Car Weekly next week.

Brooklands Mini Day 2016

Event: Brooklands Mini Day 2016
Date: 03.04.2016
Location: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge (Directions)
Admission: £30 Family, £11 Adult, £10 Student, £10 Senior Citizen, £6 Child (Under 5’s go free)
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToiletsPlay Area
Website: Brooklands Museum

I’m a big fan of the Mini so I was really looking forward to the annual Brooklands Mini Day, and I wasn’t disappointed! All variations of Mini were included in the event and owners could display their car as part of a club or separately. Drivers could also tackle Test Hill to see how well their Mini performed on the steep gradients.

As well as being treated to displays of all makes of Mini around the grounds, visitors could also look around the wonderful aviation and motoring exhibits. The London Bus Museum is also well worth a visit and included in your museum admission fee. For an additional fee (£5 Adults, £3 Children) you can climb aboard the Brooklands Concorde and have a guided tour of the amazing aircraft.

There were plenty of stalls to visit for Mini merchandise and parts, as well as several places to eat throughout the day. The Sunbeam Café has a soft play area for younger children to enjoy and good family facilitates. I had a great day out and I can’t wait for my next visit to Brooklands next weekend!

Don’t miss the full report in Classic Car Weekly next week.

Southport Festival of Speed

Event: Southport Festival of Speed
Date: 12.03.2016 – 20.03.2016
Location: Southport (Directions)
Admission: Varies
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToilets
Website: The Atkinson

The Southport Festival of Speed has been an event filled week to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Sir Henry Segrave’s land speed record, which happened on Southport’s very own beach.

I attended two of the events, the first being the Land Speed Record Re-enactment which took place on Ainsdale beach on the Wednesday. It was incredible to see the actual 1925 Sunbeam Tiger back in action in the very same place where it set the impressive 152mph record. Spectators lined up to watch the Tiger, along with a reproduction 1927 Napier Blue Bird and pre-WWII cars race along the seemingly endless stretch of sand.

The second event was Saturday’s Historic and Classic Car Procession, which invited owners of pre 1975 cars to display their vehicles along the King’s Gardens and outside The Atkinson. David was one of the judges of the Concours d’Elegance which took place in the afternoon, followed by a parade along Southport’s main thoroughfare. It was lovely to see classic cars driving past the beautiful Victorian buildings which grace the length of Lord Street.

I hope the success of both these and the other events that happened throughout the week will encourage Southport to host more events like these in the future!

Practical Classics Restoration Show

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)
Facilities: DrinksFoodToiletsCash MachineWiFi

Website: The Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

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