26 March 2024 Michael_T-V

NEC Restoration Show – Day 3 report

Apologies are in order for this final report being a few days late, but after the whirlwind weekend at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, a bit of recovery time was much needed! However, the memories and experiences from the event are still fresh and worth sharing.

On the third and final day of the show, enthusiasts and exhibitors alike brought their A-game once again, making it a fitting conclusion to an already fantastic event. Among the highlights of the day were some noteworthy updates to Maggie and many engaging interactions with Nat and his Austin 1100 MkIII.

Maggie received a delightful upgrade in the form of new badges adorning her boot lid. These additions not only added a touch of elegance but also honored her rich history and character. Moreover, the boot area underwent meticulous reassembly following a fresh coat of paint. A particularly satisfying moment came when a wire, previously misrouted, was correctly joined and rerouted, allowing for the removal of the boot arch liners in the future. It’s these small victories in restoration that truly make the journey worthwhile.

Nat, another passionate enthusiast, had the opportunity to attend the show and proudly display his Austin 1100 MkIII. Engaging with the public, Nat found himself immersed in countless conversations, each one filled with nostalgia and fond memories. The refrain of “I had one of these as my first car” echoed throughout the day, illustrating the enduring appeal and widespread affection for the ADO16. It was a testament to the timeless allure of these vehicles and the stories they hold.

As the curtains closed on another successful Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, it’s essential to reflect on the reasons why this event continues to be a must-visit for enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Firstly, the show offers a unique opportunity to witness the passion and dedication of the classic car community firsthand. From meticulously restored masterpieces to works in progress, there’s something awe-inspiring about seeing these vehicles come to life.

The wealth of knowledge and expertise on display is unparalleled. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting your journey in classic car restoration, there’s always something new to learn and discover. The workshops, demonstrations, and expert advice available at the show provide invaluable insights that can enhance any restoration project.

Lastly, the camaraderie and sense of belonging that permeate the event are truly special. It’s more than just a gathering of car enthusiasts; it’s a celebration of shared passion and appreciation for automotive history. The connections forged and friendships formed at the show endure long after the engines have been silenced and the exhibits packed away.

The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show encapsulates the essence of what makes classic cars so beloved. It’s a celebration of craftsmanship, nostalgia, and community—a reminder that the stories of these vintage vehicles continue to inspire and endure. If you haven’t had the chance to experience it for yourself, be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event. Trust me; it’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

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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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