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Little Classics News: 15 November 2013

60,000 Expected Over Next Three Days of Motor Show

Classic Car ShowThe Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show kicks off with style today, as 60,000 visitors are expected for the classic car show over the next three days.

As the 30th anniversary of the UK’s largest indoor motoring event, the classic motor show is one of the key events of the year, with 250 car clubs, auctions, suppliers, media and extensive autojumble, all spanning 11 halls of the NEC in Birmingham.

This year sees Silverstone auctions deliver its biggest classic vehicle auction to date, with it now extended to two days of the show, instead of the previous one. Lots include an awesome Lister XJS, rare 1970’s Maserat Indy America, Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1970 IKA Torino 380 S, and host of other rarities. Expect to see this section alone attract thousands.

Silverstone AuctionsThose with Group B rallying running through their veins will not be disappointed either, as the Peugeot 205 T16, Audi Quattro, Lancia 037 and others alongside are scattered throughout the show.

Again, this year, Sporting Bears, the charity fundraising motor club, is bringing the latest supercars as well as a line-up of stunning classic cars to fill the ‘Dream Rides’, exchanging a charitable donation for a ten-mile ride as a passenger in one of the amazing cars on offer.

Sporting Bears RideHosted by the Discovery Channel’s Wheeler Dealer presenters Mike Brewer and Edd China with restoration challenges, special guests, such as Sir Stirling Moss, and the fun filled classic game shows, the live stage is a must visit part of the show.

For those restoring a classic themselves, there are extensive restoration demonstrations and an autojumble with all those little bits you can’t usually find.

As an impressive side to the show, visitors can also enjoy the Classic Motorbike Show featuring special guests, stunning bike club displays, a Pride of Ownership concours and a Vintage Wall of Death.

The headline sponsor, Lancaster Insurance, have added their own twist to this year’s show, with three separate stands. Its ‘Gran Torino Experience’ stand gives visitors the chance to have their photo taken next to the very same Ford Gran Torino that featured in the hit show 'Starksy & Hutch' as well as the chance to win a trip to California! While the ‘Blast from the Past’ stand reunites people with classic cars, famous scenes and décor from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Restoration ZoneIt’s come a long way since 1984 when classic car enthusiast John Cole launched the show as the classic alternative to the then based British International Motorshow. Now 30 years later, the British International Motorshow is no more, yet the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show has gone from strength to strength, reflecting the classic motoring market.

The myth of classic cars as an exclusively wealthy hobby has been proved wrong, as according to the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, 31% of historic vehicle owners have a total household income of under £25,000 and, despite the news headlines driven by megabucks classics, a mammoth 68% of classics being valued at under £10,000.

More than 850,000 vehicles made before 1981 still survive, with minimal environmental impact, with 82% of them used no more than twice a month and the entire hobby contributing only 0.24% of the UK's annual mileage.

Mike Edgeley, MD of Lancaster Insurance Services said “We’re proud to be main sponsor of The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show for its 30th year. This is a fortuitous link with Lancaster as we’re 30 next year and it’s good to share our heritage with each other; we’re both ensuring there are classics now and in the future.

Lancaster’s been exhibiting for a while now and we’ve seen the show go from strength to strength. I remember my first thought of the show was ‘this is a classic car enthusiasts dream’, the autojumble is like being a kid in a sweet shop and the effort the clubs go to is phenomenal; it really does show why they’re the backbone of this market.”

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