Porsches on the Prom 2017

Event: Porsches on the Prom
Date: 21.05.2017
Location: Llandudno Promenade (Directions)
Admission: Free
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToiletsDog Friendly
Website: Porsche Club Great Britain

Each time I’ve seen Llandudno’s charming promenade playing host to classic cars it has always been the depths of winter, so it was a welcome change to attend this impressive display of 580 Porsches in such lovely weather.

Porsches on the Prom was a free event which offered classic Porsche fans the chance to see hundreds of 911s, 944s and 914s (and a few rarer models) lined up along the Victorian seafront. With plenty of places to eat and attractions close by, this was the ideal event for families to enjoy.

Porsche Club Great Britain used the event to raise money for the local children’s hospice Ty Gobaith/Hope House. To find out more about the club and upcoming events, please visit their website.

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

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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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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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

International MG & Triumph Spares Day

Event: The Carole Nash International MG and Triumph Spares Day
Date: 21.02.2016
Location: National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh (Directions)
Admission: £12 (Under 15’s go free)
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToilets
Website: MG and Triumph Spares Day

The Carole Nash International MG and Triumph Spares Day is the perfect show for MG and Triumph owners wanting to pick up parts for their classic, chat to other owners and join one of the many clubs spread across the three halls at the National Agricultural Centre in Stoneleigh.

As you enter you will find a large array of Trade Stands which offer thousands of parts to cater for your classic. There are also various food stands dotted in-between offering a range of food and drinks, as well as an outdoor eating area with seating and catering vans.

Make your way through the halls and you will find plenty of Club Stands with merchandise and membership offers to peruse, several cars for sale and a large indoor parking area which individual owners can use to display their car whilst they look around the show.

As with Bingley Hall there are no cash machines on site, so remember to have cash on you for the stands which can’t accept card payments.

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