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Classic Motor Show

Report on the Classic Motor Show 2006, at the NEC

 Mike Wilkes's Flying 9 saloon

The Classic Car Show is already the largest Indoor show for our hobby in the country and it seems to get bigger every year. This year the show occupied Halls 1 to 4. Its also three days long, Friday to Sunday, this in effect makes it a 4 day show as Thursday becomes the set-up day. The theme of the show was anniversaries or birthdays. As it was 70 year since the launch of the Flying Standard range, that was the club's chosen theme. 

Amongst the 4 Flying Standards was my Flying 12 Drophead Coupe, the first time that this has appeared at an indoor show. As it happens, Thursday was a bright sunny and moderately warm day, so I was able to have the hood down for the whole 40 miles or so of the trip from Stow to the NEC. I was the first to arrive at around 10am. As the stand wasn't built, nor was I even sure of where its outline was, I left the car approximately where I thought that it should be.  Unfortuantely I had a business appointment in London so couldn't wait for the others to arrive. So whilst I was on the train to Euston, the others arrived to set up the stand, Peter Lockley, Steve Smeltzer, Lynda Homer, Ivan Hancock, Steve O'Hara, Tony Pingriff and Mike Wilkes.

Friday apparently was a quite day, but Saturday and Sunday were much busier, those being the days that Lynda and I were able to attend.

Saturday night was prizegiving time and although your club did not win any prizes, we all thought that we deserved one for "The strangest shaped club stand at the Show" This was because we occupied a long wall, the stand being 35 metres long by just 3 metres wide. Stand of the show went to the Daimler and Lanchester Owners and the Car of the Show was a Daimler SP250.

Lots of Club members came to see us over the weekend including Dennis and Shelia Brown and Phil Birch. We also recruited 5 more new members.

The four show cars are shown in the thumbnails below, if you click on them, each will open up a one page description and background to the car. These are the descriptions that we placed on lecterns next to each of the cars. (Yours truly had spent the week before making these and they are now available for use at future shows)

The descriptions require Adobe Acrobat to be running on your desktop. If you don't have it, click here first)

Flying 9

Flying Heavy 12

Avon Standard 16

Flying 12 DHC

Below is a general view of Hall 1 at the NEC, one of four halls occupied by the show

Report and photographs by Phil Homer