CLUBS’ NEC LOVE-IN SCALES THE HEIGHTS
Celebrations, commemorations, and heroes and heroines theme to be embraced
Classics from 253 of the nation’s clubs will descend on the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, equalling the record for the three-day show.
Europe’s biggest club display is at full capacity, meaning clubs are now under pressure to become better and better rather than bigger and bigger. The massive show takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November.
The Panther Car Club is offering enthusiasts the chance to see a one-off unfinished design in the car’s first outing in more than 10 years. It will pay tribute to English car designer Robert Jankel and be one of Hall Five’s star attractions.
‘The never-manufactured J99 could have rekindled the Panther,’ says Panther Car Club spokesperson, Val Bridges.
National Car Club of the Year and winner of the Outstanding Website of the Year, the Vauxhall Cavalier and Chevette Club also has a lot to shout about at the NEC. Atop its stand this year is the Cavalier MkIII used by touring car legend John Cleland to win the 1995 British Touring Car Championship. Its stand will be part of the dedicated Vauxhall Zone in Hall Five.
To name just a few more: the Lotus Drivers’ Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary; the Morgan Sports Car Club will celebrate 80 years of the Morgan 4/4 model; and the Ford Classic and Capri Owners’ Club will commemorate the achievements of Ford designer Colin Neale.
In addition, the Austin Maxi Owners’ Club will exhibit ‘Puff’, one of four Austin Maxis that took part in the 1970 Daily Mirror World Cup Rally. Club Triumph will pay tribute to the Round Britain Reliability Run. ❚ www.necclassicmotorshow.com
The Rover Sports Register is one of the clubs showing off at the NEC show.