CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW
With 300 clubs and over 71,000 visitors, it was another great show at the NEC.
This year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, took place at Birmingham’s NEC on 9-11 November, and not only saw a whopping 300 clubs, but also a new hall, over 650 specialist exhibitors, a host of motoring celebs, and a great selection of Minis among the 3,000 cars.
This year’s theme was ‘Built to Last’, and with many longestablished clubs present, the Mini’s longevity was showcased in fine style. Two Minis rebuilt with British Motor Heritage’s new MkI bodyshells made their debuts. Taking centre stage on the BMH stand in Hall 2 was Heritage’s own Mini Cooper S, OYO 747F, which was used to provide master references for the prototype MkI shell that has been employed in the recent resurrection of the original car by specialist Somerford Mini.
A second car was displayed in Hall 4 by Hinckley-based Vitesse Global Ltd. Masterminded by former Mini racer Alec Poole, ‘Project 59’ has all the styling cues of the iconic early Minis, but with more practical features.
In the Meguiar’s Club Showcase was Ian Whitticase’s custom 1964 MkI, while Andy Nash’s concours Mini Traveller was popular in the pride of ownership, and Magnum Panels had their full MkI floorpan on show. There was certainly plenty to keep fans entertained.
Next year’s event, to be held on 8-10 November 2019, will mark a double milestone, with the show turning 35 and the Mini celebrating its 60th birthday.
59s on the British Motor Heritage stand. BMH’s MkI, which was used as a prototype shell. A minute’s silence was once again held for Remembrance Day. Jag hybrid Mini on Carole Nash stand. Vitesse Global’s iconic Project 59. Ant Anstead and Mike Brewer.