CLUBS’ NEC LOVE-IN SCALES THE HEIGHTS

Cel­e­bra­tions, com­mem­o­ra­tions, and he­roes and hero­ines theme to be em­braced

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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