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Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show - 28th/29th March 2015

The show began for us on Friday lunchtime when the show cars arrived from different directions and converged on our stand in Hall 5 of the NEC.  In addition, Peter Lockley bought the display boards and Lynda bought the display walls in her Astra. The display was completed by Richard Hyde bringing  a regalia stall

Early to arrive was Mike Wilkes's Big 9 restoration project, on a trailer and Steve O'Hara in the self-propelled 1954 Standard 10. This is the oldest known surviving 1950's Standard 10. Next came Paul Newsome in the SLO4 Charlecote and last of all the Vanguard Cabriolet of John Huckle, in a covered lorry. Much polishing of the Vanguard ensued.

Saturday was the busier of the two days. As well as welcoming members and guests, Steve Smeltzer was on hand to answer technical queries. Mike was busy fitting a rear wing on the Big 9 and wiring up the electrics. The four cars filled a stand that was intended for 5, though there was still room for Paul to rebuild his spare SLO4 engine alongside his exhibit. Steve busied himself sorting out his exhaust manifold. Everyone admired the gleaming Imperia-style Vanguard Cabriolet, which was on it's very first outing. Soon the halls were crammed with the visiting public and our visitors book was filling up with visiting members and guests. Lots of members took advantage of the comprehensive autojumble to stock up on parts to complete their restorations.

In the evening the participants staying locally availed themselves of the "Little Owl" for dinner and glass or two of Brakespears. We lost the hour during the night so it was a struggle to get the stand open on the Sunday morning for 9am. (Or maybe it was just the Brakespears causing the difficulty) Our thanks to the members who visited us during the day. The Club's presence amongst 100 other clubs at the show is one way in which we raise the profile of your Club and this has resulted in an improving membership count this year. Our thanks to all those who supported us. We hope to see even more of you and your cars over the summer's events.

Phil Homer