24 March 2024 Michael_T-V

NEC Restoration Show – Day 2 report

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham provides a vibrant platform for classic car enthusiasts to converge and celebrate automotive heritage. With a plethora of restoration projects, demonstrations, and engaging stories, the event showcased the passion and dedication of enthusiasts to preserve and restore classic cars.

A notable highlight of the day was witnessing the fitting of mudflaps to a Wolseley 1300. This small improvement not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the vehicle but also served a practical purpose in protecting it from road debris and mud.

Another standout moment was the progress made on the restoration of a vehicle affectionately named Maggie. Day by day, Maggie’s transformation was evident as the vehicle was turned around for the next job to be ticked off the list. Today’s tasks specifically focused on the boot floor and driver’s floor, which were carefully protected with Hammerite to safeguard against corrosion. Moreover, a rear lamp was expertly replaced(!)

An intriguing anecdote shared by a passerby added a human element to the event. The story involved a Mk3 1300 driven during a family holiday in Scotland, towing a caravan. An incident occurred involving a coach, with the coach driver accusing the ADO16 driver of negligence. This legal dispute escalated, ultimately requiring the ADO16 driver to attend the Sherrifs court to prove their innocence. This narrative served as a poignant reminder of the challenges and triumphs experienced by classic car enthusiasts, adding depth to the event.

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC provides a dynamic platform for enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the world of classic cars. From the meticulous restoration projects showcased to the captivating stories shared by attendees, the event celebrated the passion, craftsmanship, and camaraderie within the classic car community.

As the curtains close on another successful gathering, the legacy of automotive heritage continues to thrive, fuelled by the unwavering dedication of enthusiasts worldwide.

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Michael's interest in cars started from an early age, when he would spend time in his Dad's garage observing many a job being undertaken. Naturally as Michael grew up, cars were firmly a part of his DNA, and as such the interest has gone from strength to strength. Having always had a keen interest in all things British, it probably wouldn't surprise you to know that his portfolio of cars have always been British made.

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