1 IT WAS GO­ING TO BE IN LEICES­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Had the orig­i­nal plans for the NEC been car­ried out, the Clas­sic Mo­tor Show, staged at the NEC since 1984, would in­deed have been in Leices­ter. Its NEC would have been found off junc­tion 21 of the M1, but the in­cum­bent county coun­cil turned the pro­posal down, claim­ing that ma­jor ex­hibitors wouldn’t host shows out­side Lon­don. Birm­ing­ham, how­ever, was happy to take on the plans; the Ed­ward Mills-de­signed NEC broke ground in 1973 and was opened by HM the Queen in 1976.

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