With 300 clubs and over 71,000 vis­i­tors, it was an­other great show at the NEC.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words and Pho­tog­ra­phy Jeff Rug­gles

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.

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