NEC Classic Car Show set for world's biggest gathering of car clubs

Birmingham's NEC will play host to the World's biggest gathering of car clubs during this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, November 9 – 11

Although the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, already claims title as the UK’s biggest indoor classic vehicle exhibition – it’s getting even larger for 2018!

There’s an extra hall being prepped for exclusive club displays, of which we are told will be the World’s biggest gathering of classic motoring clubs. To be held at Birmingham’s NEC on November 9-11, around 300 classic car and motorcycle clubs are expected to showcase their vehicles, interpreting this year’s show theme of ‘Built to Last’.

The opening of Hall 8 takes the overall show space to one million square feet; the equivalent of 18 football pitches. Hall 8 will be renamed as 'The Debutant Hall' for the November event, hosting 15 clubs that have never exhibited at the end of season finale ever before.

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Acting Show Director Lee Masters explained: ‘The classic vehicle clubs are the DNA of the show so when we got the opportunity to increase to seven halls it gave us the chance to open the doors to those smaller niche clubs that haven’t had the chance to display their marques in previous years.

‘What we didn’t realise was this also afforded us the accolade of being the World’s biggest gathering of classic motoring clubs representing so many different manufacturers and eras.’

The ‘Debutants’ include:

  • The Richard Burns RB5 and RB320 Memorial Club,
  • Dorset Area Farina Owners, Perana Owners Club
  • Monoposto Racing Club
  • United Centos (Fiat Cinquecentos and Seicentos) 
  • Club Calibra
  • Fordsport
  • MINI Y REGister

Additionally, Hall 8 will welcome back 25 clubs who missed out on last year’s event and a further 10 who haven’t exhibited over the past two to six years. These include the Historic Marathon Rally Group, which will be celebrating 50 years since the London to Sydney Marathon Rally and the Aero Minx Register, alongside the Yugo Owners Club and the Piper Sports and Racing Car Club.

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, said: ‘I’m ecstatic that a larger number of clubs will be attending the show, giving us the opportunity to marvel at even more marques and models.

‘Car clubs truly are the heartbeat of our industry and while having a close relationship with many, we are keen to support and work with more. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the debutants to the show and can’t wait to see the additional clubs on display!’

With such an attendance, organisers are expecting the number of exhibits on display to top 3000 vehicles. The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from November. 9-11 For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, click here.

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