World class clubs at NEC

James Wal­she takes an ad­mir­ing look around the Clas­sic Mo­tor Show halls

Practical Classics (UK) - - CLUBS EVENTS -

At the heart of the crowds at the 2018 Lan­caster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show were the car clubs – 300 of them as­sem­bled to bring wis­dom and sup­port to en­thu­si­asts.

With ev­ery mar­que and model cov­ered, vol­un­teers packed the stands to of­fer help to those who al­ready own clas­sics, as well as prospec­tive own­ers.

Nu­mer­ous birth­days were marked at the NEC this year, with the XJ6, TR6 and Scim­i­tar SE6 cel­e­brat­ing 50 years each of pro­duc­tion and ‘The Big Seven-o’ for icons from the Citroën 2CV and Mor­ris Mi­nor to the Jaguar XK120 and Land Rover Se­ries 1 – all sup­ported by clubs.

It was a joy to be among the hub­bub, as en­thu­si­asts dis­cussed any­thing from use­ful tech to plans for ad­ven­tur­ous road trips.

Given that the NEC show in Novem­ber marks the last of the ma­jor events of the year, much em­pha­sis was on the fu­ture.

While next year’s com­mem­o­ra­tive events were dis­cussed (Citroën’s 100th birth­day, the 50th birth­day of the Austin Maxi and Ford Capri to name but a few), there was also a great sense of achieve­ment for car club vol­un­teers, who work hard con­tin­u­ously to at­tract new mem­bers – and in in­creas­ingly novel ways. Car clubs are the lifeblood of the hobby we share. Long may they – and world-class events such as the NEC’S Clas­sic Mo­tor Show – thrive.

James says ‘I re­ally shouldn’t be sur­prised, but yet again the clubs at the NEC blew me away. Hats off to them, ev­ery­one!’

Record num­bers at the 2018 show.

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