‘BEFORE AND AFTER’ AT THE NEC
Owners’ projects and completed cars added to PC resto show line-up
An exciting new display has been added to next month’s Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show that features ‘before and after’ vehicles.
Having decided to dedicate some of the space to ‘works in progress’ and ‘the originals’, each featuring four to six cars belonging to private owners at Birmingham’s NEC, 5-6 March, the organisers looked at the pool of cars remaining. They found that some owners wanted to bring the two cars they owned that were the same marque but one was a project while the other was complete.
‘We extended an invitation to pristine cars and bard finds but soon found ourselves inundated with those that fell between the two categories,’ says event director Daniel Nwaokolo. ‘Owners who are elbow deep in a restoration or rebuild wanted to showcase their on-going projects as did those who are immensely proud that they have never had to touch their completely original vehicles. The pictures and stories we were getting were amazing and we want to share them with our visitors – they deserve to see what we’d seen.’
With the prospect of showing pairs of cars that illustrated the two ends of the
restoration spectrum, the third display category was introduced.
‘Placing the picture side by side made the decision to include these cars a no-brainer,’ Daniel adds. ‘They are inspiring to anyone about to start a project or those who find their project stalled as it has become too demanding or draining. The six cars displayed in the before and after section will get the grease flowing through your veins if nothing else will.’
Peter Crompton’s ‘before’ Cortina MkIII buried deep in undergrowth…
…and his ‘after’ MkIII – both bound for the spotlights of the NEC.