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The NEC Clas­sic Mo­tor Show is our big­gest op­por­tu­nity each year to con­nect with the clubs and en­thu­si­asts we rep­re­sent. We are for­tu­nate that the or­gan­iser, Clar­ion, pro­vides us with a great lo­ca­tion adjacent to the Live Stage. Our chal­lenge is to create a stand that at­tracts the in­ter­est of en­thu­si­asts once they have ex­pe­ri­enced the live pre­sen­ta­tion. This year we fo­cused on three key ar­eas: re­search; skills de­vel­op­ment; and her­itage.

The first el­e­ment re­in­forced last year’s study, which iden­ti­fied the UK his­toric move­ment as be­ing worth £5.5bn each year, em­ploy­ing 34,900 peo­ple. The op­por­tu­nity to trans­fer main­te­nance skills to younger peo­ple is be­ing addressed by our Ofqual-ac­cred­ited Ap­pren­tice­ship in His­toric Ve­hi­cle Restora­tion. This new, ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity de­vel­ops a broader pro­gramme in Her­itage En­gi­neer­ing that spans ve­hi­cles, avi­a­tion, marine and steam. These cour­ses will be de­liv­ered by block re­lease in our new Bices­ter fa­cil­ity.

Her­itage makes the con­nec­tion be­tween our ve­hi­cles and our cul­ture. As a per­fect ex­am­ple, we toasted the oc­ca­sion 60 years ago when John Len­non first met Paul Mccart­ney. John Len­non’s Orig­i­nal Quar­ry­men recre­ated this event by play­ing two sets on the back of a 1937 AEC Mata­dor. Their per­for­mance was in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful with both their own fans and clas­sic en­thu­si­asts in gen­eral.

The Quar­ry­men rocked the NEC show with two bril­liant 30-minute live sets

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