Re­view: Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Clas­sic Car & Restora­tion Show

It was a case of never a dull mo­ment as six halls at the NEC be­came one big work­shop

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

ick-start­ing the clas­sic car sea­son, this year’s Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Clas­sic Car & Restora­tion Show at the NEC ran over three days in­stead of the pre­vi­ous two.

This en­abled vis­i­tors to en­joy ac­cess to more than 1000 clas­sic cars, with dis­plays from 132 car clubs, plus over 350 traders in the event’s fourth year. At­ten­dance over the three days was 25,128 – around 5000 more than in 2016.

There was plenty to in­spire own­ers look­ing to re­store their own cars, with the team from our sis­ter publi­ca­tion and

Kguest ex­perts kept busy on the live stage to get their projects run­ning.

For those wish­ing to learn new skills – or brush up on old ones – ex­perts from Leeds City Col­lege re­turned to the Skills Shack Work­shop to demon­strate tech­niques in­clud­ing panel work ba­sics and mak­ing re­pair sec­tions. The barn find dis­play in­cluded the in­cred­i­ble patina on Chris Pear­son’s 1979 Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Shadow, with other cars fea­tured rang­ing from a 1931 Peugeot 131c to a 1989 Isuzu Pi­azza Turbo.

The very last Austin Am­bas­sador built was dis­played by www. ley­land­princess.co.uk, while the Mor­ris Mi­nor Own­ers’ Club’s re­cently-ac­quired last Mor­ris Mi­nor saloon built saw club mem­bers giv­ing their stand a Wild West theme.

‘This show just goes from strength to strength,’ says act­ing show di­rec­tor Lee Masters. ‘In just four years it’s grown to half the size of its ‘ big sis­ter’, the Lan­caster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show, and has earned tremen­dous sup­port from the clas­sic com­mu­nity. Some clubs were even work­ing right to the an­nounce­ment that the show had closed and the horns started blast­ing sig­nalling that a great week­end was had by all!’

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