WEL­COME TO THE WORK­SHOP

As the team gives Tomkins the Pimp My Ride treat­ment

Practical Classics (UK) - - NEWS - Danny Hop­kins ED­I­TOR danny.hop­[email protected]­ti­cal­clas­sics.co.uk

The Lan­caster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show is upon us again – it seems to loom large more quickly ev­ery year. Big, bold and brash, it is im­pos­si­ble to get round it in a week­end, or even three days… but that’s no bad thing. It means you can sim­ply im­merse your­self in old cars and go with the flow, sur­prises guar­an­teed. Tick­ets are also on sale now for our own

Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Clas­sic Car and Restora­tion Show next March… it’s like the Novem­ber Show, but you can get around it in a week­end (just) and it is a bit dirt­ier (also a good thing). Big Bri­tish car shows have been part of the en­thu­si­ast’s land­scape since the first Bri­tish Mo­tor Show, at Crys­tal Palace in 1903. Some 10,000 vis­i­tors flocked to see the horse­less car­riages on dis­play.

Be­fore that? Well the very first ex­hi­bi­tion of mo­tor ve­hi­cles was held at Tun­bridge Wells in 1895! Of course this year is the 70th an­niver­sary of the most in­flu­en­tial mo­tor show of the 20th cen­tury, the 1948 Earls Court Show (see p6) – the au­to­mo­tive world was never go­ing to be the same after that.

So this year, in­dulge your nos­tal­gic sen­si­bil­ity by com­ing to the NEC. Watch us re­store our Ri­ley RMA on the Live Stage, meet the team (Hall 5, Stand 210) or sit, watch and learn from the Gil­bert-michael­son team at the Skill Shack Restora­tion The­atre.

*This is­sue is ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of An­drew Small. This is­sue’s E-type re­storer who saw his car fin­ished, but sadly missed the fea­ture. Rest In peace, sir. ‘I’ll or­der the neons, tints and bodykit, bruv.’ John ‘Boy Racer’ Simp­son ‘Where ex­actly does the en­gine go, Mr Tomkins?’ Matt ‘Torquey’ Ge­orge ‘Got to get these big boy tailpipes on your ride, m8.’ Danny ‘Fast & Fu­ri­ous’ Hop­kins ‘My long bandy legs are the en­gine, Mr Ge­orge.’ Matt ‘Max Power’ Tomkins

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