Countdown to the National almost in single numbers!


As the countdown to the National almost completes, we thought we’d give you a reminder of what to expect.

Saturday, 7th September, 2019 club run…

…we’ll be meeting at the entrance of the Transport Museum Wythall (Chapel Lane, Wythall, B47 6JA) around 11.00am and driving off at 11.30am for 60-90 minutes before stopping for lunch..

We’re hoping to attract as many classic cars as possible plus of course a few of the ADO16!

THIS IS THE DAY BEFORE the actual UK National Rally.

Sunday, 8th September, 2019

The Sunday is the “main event”, with cars arriving at the museum at 10:00.

The plan is for a really informal gathering. Allowing members (and visiting classic owners) the time to be able to interact with each other and enjoy the museum.

The day aims to end around 16:30.

This is’s 20th birthday celebrations – and it’d be great to have an amazing turnout to celebrate an important milestone in our history.

Official countdown:

Looking for more events? Check out our events page for more information.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery November 2019

Yes, I’ll apologise in advance for getting you to think ahead to November – after all there’s a lot due to happen between now and then. For starters, the national rally – many local events, and hopefully for those of us in the UK some sunshine?

Whether you like it or not, November isn’t exactly a million miles away!

You may have seen our news article, previously outlining the Classic Motor Show (if not, where have you been?). As a club, we’re always delighted when it’s confirmed that we’ve got a stand. It’s certainly the biggest indoor show that we attend – and one that we plan really carefully for.

It’s an opportunity to catch up with members old and new, and of course listen to some fantastic stories. As a thank you for displaying, the Classic Motor Show team offer the club a unique discount code to receive a fantastic saving on the standard ticket price. That code is available for all our members here. If you purchase tickets using our code it helps us by awarding us free wristbands, which means we can have even more people helping out on the stand!

Can’t come, because you’re overseas? No problem, it’s not always possible (or cost effective) to fly in from the USA or New Zealand, but you can still help the club by donating a few spare pounds.

Failing, that if you’re not a member, you can save money by booking your tickets in advance by visiting the Classic Motor Show’s page directly.

Time left until Classic Motor Show, November 2019:

Pride – supporting our LGBTQ+ members has always been proud to do things differently, and we’re even prouder to be supporting our LGBTQ+ members during this year’s pride events across the globe.

To show our support for our LGBTQ members we’ve added a couple of flags, and a new paint job to the bonnet of our logo. will continue to do things differently, and be an inclusive car club for everyone!

For those celebrating pride – enjoy!


Will you be joining us at this Novembers’ Classic Motor Show?

Birmingham is fast becoming the home of It’s fitting, as most of our cars rolled off the production line at Longbridge. For us though it’s where was really born. It makes that trip “home” even more special! Throw into the mix a whole host of classic cars… it can only mean one thing!

We’re thrilled to have been invited back to the NEC for this years LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY.

The important dates for your diary are Friday 8 – Sunday 10 November 2019. Don’t forget, members of receive a discount if you use the special code on our discounts page!

Planning is already underway for our stand which is in Hall 4 stand 572. We’d love to hear from any club members who also have ideas or would like to be involved over the course of the event.

Nearer the time we’ll be able to provide more details, including what you can expect to see on our stand. To give you a flavour, it’ll be something based around Top Trumps!

In the meantime you can find out more about the biggest Classic Motor Show by visiting their page.

To whet your appetite, we’ve included some photographs below from our previous visits to the NEC.

You said we did…

You saidWe’re good at listening, but we act upon what you tell us – that’s what sets us apart. 

A few months back, we explained that the time had come for our forums to finally close. Visitor numbers and posts were hugely down on levels we’d seen previously, and the tech was powered by a rubber band! After the forum went into “limp home mode”, traffic all but dried up – and we pulled the plug. 

Expecting that to have been the end of that, we have been inundated with comments wanting a forum, and wanting a place to call home (that’s not Facebook!). We’ve teased, and we’ve tested – and we’re finally in position to officially open our new forum boards! The content from the old boards couldn’t be transferred over, so we’re starting afresh. 

Whether you’re a free or paid member you start enjoying the boards today! To help the club recoup some of the running cost, we’d kindly ask you to join as a paid up member (it’s only £10 a year!) or alternatively you can always hit the donate button to send us a few quid. If you join, however, you’ll receive all the usual member benefits! 

We’re delighted to say we do what you ask us to, and we can’t wait to welcome to your new ADO16 community hub! So, go and stick the kettle on, make a cuppa, and join in!

It’s all systems go for our UK National Rally!

UK National Rally

Our plans for the UK National Rally have been firmed up!

In case you’ve missed the announcement on Facebook and our email, here’s the detail.

The 2019 UK National Rally will be at the Transport Museum, Wythall; with the main gathering of ADO16 and other classic cars occurring on Sunday 8th September.

The Transport Museum, Wythall is situated in north Worcestershire. Which is just to the south of Birmingham near to Junction 3 of the M42. Representing vehicles from the Midlands, the museum is home to over 90 buses. It’s also home to the largest collection of battery vehicles, including over 30 electric milk floats and bread vans!

The club organisers will be gathering on Saturday 7th and all motoring enthusiasts are very welcome to join us. We are planning a drive out to a typical Worcestershire pub for lunch. The local area offers many cheap B&B establishments and even a Caravan Club site next door to the museum, so in the evening we will all be going out together for dinner. Do come and join us to make a social weekend of it – 7th – 8th September, 2019.

Don’t own an ADO16? No problem, all classics are welcome!

You an keep up to date with this event, and others via our events page. shortlisted for award at NEC Restoration Show! is delighted to have been shortlisted for an award in the category of “Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club”. For those who don’t know, it’s the website’s 20th birthday later in the year. As you can imagine, the team were delighted to receive this news. Want to find out who else has been shortlisted, and in which category? Click here for the full list.


With a range of brochures, press pictures, road tests, and technical information – the site continues to grow. Whether you’re in the middle of a rebuild, needing technical information. Or you’re researching the history of the ADO16, then our archives are some of the most comprehensive on the web!

We’re proud to be able to act of member feedback really quickly, and hold our hands up when things don’t work as they should. We’re more than just a website, we’re a community – and we’re proud to have your support. 

The National Car Club Awards 2019 are presented in association with Tourism Ireland, supported by Classic Car Weekly and endorsed by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. The results will be announced on Saturday 23rd March from 6:15pm, and we’ll share with you our overall position just as soon as we can. 

Not got tickets to the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery? Don’t panic! There’s still time! If you’re a member, please use the special discount code on this page!

We look forward to meeting members old & new!


The Connaught – Celebrating the best bits of 2018

You probably saw our post on Facebook a few weeks back, with highlights from The Connaught over the last 12 months.

The Connaught

If you’re not sure what The Connaught is, then where have you been? It’s the bi-monthly magazine of, and is dispatched to members via email notification. So wherever you are, you’re always connected to the club (assuming you’ve packed your phone or tablet!). 

We have one membership rate, and we like it that way. We call it “The world of” – encouraging people to connect to all corners of the globe. 

Below you’ll find the full PDF of the best bits of 2018, if you’re a member this is a compilation of the best bits from our 6 issues in 2018.

Not a member, like what you see? Don’t delay, join today!


Happy New Year! 2018, a proud year for

Happy New Year to all of our community!

Happy New YearIt doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since we were wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2018. We were also sharing with you some of the exciting changes that were coming your way.

Fast-forward 12 months, and we’ve made huge progress! Membership has grown, our community on Facebook has grown. We’ve attended our second NEC Restoration Show, and second NEC Classic Car show – arguably pushing the boundaries of many car clubs by embracing the digital age, and encouraging people to interact. 

Other notable events this year include:

  • A completely redesigned website – with most of the content transferred over (Ok, ok – there’s still a fair bit to go!!)
  • A redesigned shop – now with single sign on, one username/password does everything!
  • Archives bursting at the seams! (115 Press photographs, 115 brochures – of which there are over 500 pages to view, a bulging technical archive – and more to come).
  • Discounts that really do live up to expectations! 

There’s loads more we could say – but we don’t want to bore you!

So, what’s to come?

2019 is an extra special year for! It’s our 20th Birthday! The best bit… you’re all invited! A lot has happened in 20 years – and we want you to be part of our history! 

November 1999

We said a lot had happened in 20 years… this is what we looked like when we first launched!

We’re heading back to Birmingham in March for the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show , with Discovery 2019. We’re still formulating our plan for the stand, and still actively looking for people to take part

There’s more exciting content to add to the website, and other improvements to come! 

Still not a member?

There’s really no excuse! For many of us, it’s Bank Holiday – and it takes around 10 minutes to join up! You’ll get instant access – and with the option to auto-renew your membership… what are you waiting for?

We’re really excited to see members old and new in March – and don’t forget, Kevin our PDF magazine editor is always looking for content for “The Connaught”. If you’ve got something, no matter how short – please consider sending it in 🙂