‘BE­FORE AND AF­TER’ AT THE NEC

Own­ers’ projects and com­pleted cars added to PC resto show line-up

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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.

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