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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

danny hop­kins, editor, praC­ti­Cal Clas­siCs

The UK’s big­gest and most hands-on clas­sic car restora­tion show takes place this Satur­day and Sun­day, 5-6 March, fill­ing the halls of the NEC, Birm­ing­ham, with in­spi­ra­tion, as­pi­ra­tion – and rather a lot of good old-fash­ioned per­spi­ra­tion.

Clas­sic cars re­stored from wrecks to concours per­fec­tion will be on dis­play along­side an in­trigu­ing se­lec­tion of barn finds that could one day be prize-win­ni­ing won­ders. And there’ll be live – and def­i­nitely sweaty – restora­tion demon­stra­tions on the main stage, where TV celebrity clas­sic car nuts Mike Brewer, Edd China and Ant An­stead will be chat­ting to vis­i­tors.

As well as the shiny stuff, ex­perts will be avail­able through­out the week­end to help own­ers per­fect their skills and add to their tech­ni­cal ar­moury, as 120 car clubs from across the UK assem­ble to show off some of their own projects. More than 30 or­gan­i­sa­tion will be mak­ing their show de­buts this year, among them the Ford 100E Own­ers Group and Club Peu­geot UK.

The win­ner of the Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Re­storer of the Year com­pe­ti­tion, short­listed from restora­tion projects fea­tured in CCW’s sis­ter mag­a­zine and in as­so­ci­a­tion with Her­itage Clas­sic In­sur­ance, will be an­nounced at the event, while a dis­play by Lan­caster In­sur­ance Pride of Own­er­ship will show­case 20 of the finest clas­sics in the UK, in­clud­ing an im­mac­u­late low-mileage Austin Am­bas­sador.

And for spares hun­ters hop­ing to pick up parts ahead of those spring­time recom­mis­sions, there’ll be a huge au­to­jum­ble next to the Trader Vil­lage. Two other ways to dig deep: Dream Rides will be of­fer­ing lifts in glo­ri­ous cars for char­ity and there’ll be a great se­lec­tion of lots for sale with Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions. See you there!

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