World class clubs at NEC
James Walshe takes an admiring look around the Classic Motor Show halls
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.