Report on SMC at NEC Spring Show

NEC - Practical Classics Car and Restoration Show 18th – 20th March 2022

The club took a Stand in Hall 5 of the NEC. for the full three days of the Show. As usual, we tried to demonstrate the diversity of cars from the 60 years of production of the Standard Motor Company.

The oldest car and one that appeared to be amongst the most interesting on display was the superb Avon bodied Flying 16 Saloon, brought to the show by John Kissack. It received admiring attention all weekend.

The Vanguard Estate of Peter Lockley not only provided a great feature, but it proved to be very commodious, able to take all the stand materials both into and out of the Halls.

In another corner of the stand there was a “pile of panels” comprising the Standard Companion of Shaun Russell.

Shaun’s objective was the display the car “as is” at the show, then take it away to perform a complete restoration and then drive it back to the NEC show in November as a completed restoration. On past performance that is well within his capabilities.

Last but by no means least, was Don Szymanski’s Vanguard Vignale. This had been the subject of several substantial restorations over the past 20 years and was now presented in immaculate condition.

The cars provided a highlight of the show for the many visiting members who arrived to view them, meet fellow members and enthusiasts and partake of the complimentary hospitality on offer on the Club’s stand.

The Standard Motor Club would like to thank the many members who volunteered to man the stand over the whole period of the show, including the build-up on Thursday and the breakdown on Sunday evening.

Do come back to see us at the NEC in November.

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