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Classic Car Show
Classic Car Show at the NEC
Left to right: John and Rachel Maxwell, Nick Black, Lynda Homer and Peter Lockley
Report on a very Successful Classic Car Show for your Club:
The largest Classic Car Show of the Year, by some margin, takes place in November at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham. This show seems to get bigger and better each year and this year extended to four full halls, with an additional hall housing a simultaneous Classic Bike Show, plus a further hall running the "MPH show", a celebration to the "Top Gear" generation. All of these halls were available for a single entrance fee.
As the press are whinging on about a credit crunch you might expect that interest in discretionary spending, such as on Classic Cars would be on the decline. I have to report that the opposite is true, if attendance at this show was anything to go by. The show was bulging with visitors on all three days and interest in all the cars was at a very high level indeed.
I helped with the set up of the Club's stand on Thursday and then helped man the stand on Friday and Saturday. On all of these days we were well supported by other Club members who also ensured the stand was manned on the remaining day, Sunday.
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Companion, Van and Pick-
The Club always tries to feature different models on the stand each year. As a theme this year we used the Standard 8/10 range from the 1950's. That comprised:
Lots of visitors were delighted to see the diversity on display, whilst others asked where the Vanguards, Flyers and earlier cars were? To this we can only say " come back next year to see a different display"
We were particularly pleased to be visited on Saturday by Nick Black, one of Sir John Black's sons. Nick was previously unaware of the Club and it's activities, and knew little of the interest we have in the Company and in keeping it's products alive. However, I am pleased to say he was soon enlightened -
On Saturday evening we also attended a reception and presentation of the best cars and Club Stands at the Show. Although your Club was not a recipient of one of the top awards we did get an "honourable mention" as the judges declared they had never seen a "Standard 10 Pick up" before, and how pleased they were to see it.
The Regalia Section sold a highly respectable amount of items, probably the second highest amount at an event this year. Members should be aware that the Regalia sales will be forced to close down at the end of the year as we presently have no volunteer to continue this activity in 2009. That would be a shame, please -
Standard 8 Goldstar
The following helped on the stand during my three days (my apologies, I don't have additional names from Sunday)
Derek Lockley, Mike Wilks, Brian Birch, Gerry Hayes, Ron Harrison, Ian Leggett, Dennis and Shelia Brown, Brian Shakespeare, Ray Ferris, Steve O'Hara, Tony and Mary Pingriff, Mark Denton, John and Rachel Maxwell and Phil and Lynda Homer. My thanks go to all of them, those I have forgotten and in particular to the stand organiser, Peter Lockley. My thanks go also to all the members who visited us and to all the new members we recruited. That is the reason for us to be there of course and we hope the new members go on to enjoy the club as much as we do.