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
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!’