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At long last, ADO16 prices are finally starting to push in the right direction - reinforcing the fact that the £500 “banger” days are a thing of the past.
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You may recall that ADO16.info was recently invited to look at a 1972 Vanden Plas Princess over at Mathewsons Classic Cars, which has recently undergone a full restoration. For those not in the know, Mathewsons is central to the popular TV programme “Bangers & Cash” which airs on the TV station “Yesterday Channel“.

The car went through auction at Mathewsons on the 4th February 2022, and we’re delighted to report that it achieved a final price of £12,250 – as far as we’re aware, a record for an ADO16.

See the auction here:

We were asked what we thought the car could achieve in auction, and our estimate was between £8,800 and £10,000.

At long last, ADO16 prices are finally starting to push in the right direction – reinforcing the fact that the £500 “banger” days are a thing of the past.

We’re confident that the new owner will be very pleased with their new purchase, and with some tweaks they’ll have a stunning car that will give them many years of pleasure.

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Exciting events news: we’re off to the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with discovery+

We’re always delighted when we get the email advising that we’ve been selected to have a stand at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show.

Never heard of the show? Where have you been? Sit back, grab a cuppa – and read below…

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show is the show to attend whether you are looking to reignite your passion for cars, finish a restoration project or simply want to reminisce with family and friends over the beautiful completed classic cars on display.

The event brings together over 1000 cars on display; over 150 car clubs representing a wide variety of marques and models; 250+ exhibitors and autojumblers including restoration companies, services providers and product suppliers; the Classic Car Auction; celebrities; car competitions; practical workshops on restoration skills and lots more.

This show kick starts the season every year so make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to source all the tools, knowledge, services you need in one place while enjoying the cars and activities on offer!

This year you’ll find us in hall 5 on stand 5-250. We know we’ve set the bar in previous years, by having plenty of live action of the stand… this year is shaping up to be no different!

If you’re a member of ado16.info then you can take advantage of the discounted ticket offer the club receives as a exhibitor. This discounted ticket offer also benefits the club with a small percentage towards our costs for the weekend, so don’t delay! Pre-order your tickets today!

Add the event to your calendar today! And, keep your eyes peeled for updates nearer the time.

ADO16.info involved with filming for Bangers & Cash spin-off series

ADO16.info was recently invited to look at a 1972 Vanden Plas Princess over at Mathewsons Classic Cars, which has recently undergone a full restoration. For those not in the know, Mathewsons is central to the popular TV programme “Bangers & Cash” which airs on the TV station “Yesterday Channel“.

In this spin off series (from Bangers & Cash), the production team buy cars at auction, restore them, and then put them back through the auction.

From our point of view, the vehicle presented appeared to be very solid, had spent very little time out in the sun (very little evidence of fade on the dash/wood door cappings etc.) and it was absolutely obvious why the car had been picked as a basis for restoration.

A low mileage, structurally sound shell on its original sills and sill to floor closing panels, an as new boot area all absolutely added to the charm of this lovely little vehicle.

In our opinion, a fantastic ready to use vehicle that with some minor tasks for the new owner to undertake (I.e. a little bit of under bonnet tidying, some period metal reflective plates and some other “nice to do jobs”) someone would have themselves a show winning car.

We were asked what we thought the car could fetch at auction, and we’ve given a figure… in fact we gave two… what we think and what we think it could go up to if (on a good day there were two very serious bidders who knew what they were buying).

We won’t spoil the surprise (you’ll hear our opinion when the show goes out to air), but we’ll certainly be tuned into the live auction on Friday 4th Feb from around 19:00 (GMT) to see whether we were right or wrong!

If you’re thinking of a cheeky bid, and fancy a trip to North Yorkshire – we don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

We’re sure we’ve whet your appetite and you’ll want to take a look at the auction listing.

2021 Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show, With Discovery our line up revealed!

We’re getting excited; it’s just 4-weeks until we’re able to attend an indoor classic car show again!

We all know how global restrictions have blighted classic car shows but Friday 12th November will see the opening of the 3-day show at the UK’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for The Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show – it’s the largest car show the UK has and it’s indoors.

Of course ado16.info will be flying the flag for the ADO16, we also hope a number of one marque clubs will also have their ADO16 variant. On our stand we’re planning 4-cars, an Austin, an MG, a Riley and a Wolseley.

Come and see us and say hello, we’ll be in Hall 4 on stand 4-845.

Don’t forget, members of ado16.info receive a discount if you use the special code on our discounts page!

Once you’ve got your discount code, head over to the official shows official website, to buy your tickets.

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

Birmingham is fast becoming the home of ado16.info. It’s fitting, as most of our cars rolled off the production line at Longbridge. For us though it’s where ado16.info was really born, and therefore 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 12 – Sunday 14 November 2021. Don’t forget, members of ado16.info 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 845.

Nearer the time we’ll be able to provide more details, including what you can expect to see on our stand.

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.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back to our stand.

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Important changes to our paid membership!

COVID-19 has certainly changed the way the world operates, and it’s something that’s altered the classic car landscape. Here at ado16.info it’s allowed us the chance to review our operations and really make sure we’re fit for the future of car clubs.

The eager eyed amongst you will have spotted that we’re an issue of “The Connaught” behind. Despite numerous pleas for content – we simply have not had the contributions to be able to produce a magazine for May/June – this is a huge shame given the fantastic support we have for everything ELSE we do.

Our roots are simple, we’re online – and we’ve always done a fantastic job of breaking the mould, and being able to be found and keep cars on the road, allow people to stumble on our content and enjoy a trip down memory lane. So, we’re going back to our roots, and all content will now be provided online, when you want it. As before paid members (or supporters as you’ll be referred to) will receive discounts (some of which are exclusive to ado16.info), access to supporter only pages including pdf handbooks, workshop manuals, parts lists etc as well as the back catalogue of “The Connaught”.

We’ll still be at the big indoor shows, such as the NEC, and we won’t all be sat on deck chairs behind a car or hidden by a wall of regalia – we’ll be talking, we’ll be mingling and we’ll be encouraging you to speak to us. It’s these things that make us different, that truly make us ado16.info.

Your support has been amazing, and we really hope you’ll continue your journey with us – and share content directly with the webmaster so we can enhance our online community.

Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show – Live Show Postponed until 2022

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show is what we call our “kick-off” show, as it’s a great way to kick-start the car season here in the UK. It’s the show that originally started it all for us a club back in 2017.

We’ve always been keen supporters of the show, and were gutted to here that the live show had been postponed until 2022.

The official press release is detailed below:

Event Director Lee Masters said: “We understand this will be as big of a disappointment to our exhibitors and visitors as it is to us. We have all been very much looking forward to getting back to some form of normality and ‘business as usual’.

“We are truly sorry that we have had to make this extremely difficult decision and thank all involved for their continued patience, understanding and support in these ever-changing times.”

The organisers are not planning on letting the occasion go unmarked though and are putting together an Online Edition, to be held on Saturday 27 March 2021. Celebrating all the great elements of the show, the classic car community will be invited to share their restoration stories, advice and projects through the show’s social media channels.

Danny Hopkins, Editor of Practical Classics, said: “Our first thoughts are with all the clubs and specialists who work so hard to make the show what it is – the friendly show. We are also mindful of all of the real world enthusiasts who come along and support it every year. It’s bad timing and we are all gutted about it. Last year was Practical Classics’ 40th anniversary year and we had some pretty ambitious plans, all of which stayed in the PC workshop.

“Despite the disappointment, we know that this is the right decision. Being cautious about coming out of lockdown is one of the things that makes it unlikely that we will ever have to go back into it. Next year we will make sure the show is better than ever… that’s a promise.”

Classic Car Auctions is hosting its Spring Live Online sale on Friday 26 March, with the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Sale taking place the following day. The Practical Classics Classic Cars and Restoration Show Auction will take place on 11-13 June 2021.

Lee added: “We have confidence that come the autumn, life will have returned to a more normal rhythm and we are planning the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery as usual for November.”

Tickets already purchased will automatically be carried over to the same day next year. Visitors also have the option to move their booking to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (11-13 November 2021) or Reis Race Retro (18-20 February 2022). Please use the SEE Ticket contact form with your request.

Happy New Year! – Let’s make 2021 the best yet…

Happy New Year! 2021

Happy New Year! Thank you for your continued support of the club during very challenging times.

Whenever I put fingers to keys, I always take a moment to see what I wrote last year, and our “up to date” position… This year, that’s an interesting proposition.

Due to COVID restrictions across the world, we’ve had little in the way of events, our two key UK indoor events were cancelled, with the Restoration Show being postponed, initially until March, then moved back to June.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are a number of positives to report from a club perspective:

  • Membership continues to grow, and remains healthy.
  • The website has seen its busiest year in the last 5. We’ve had more hits across the whole world than ever before – including countries where previously we were unaware of any ADO16 presence.
  • Our content has grown again this year – and we have more to add over the course of the next 12 months.
  • Social Media still remains the way you like to keep in touch with us.

So, what does 2021 hold in store for us? I guess, we’ll just have to wait and see…

Wherever you are, and whether you are a member or not – thank you for your support in what has been a very challenging year!

Thank you!

Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show 2021 – Further update…

Yesterday, ado16.info was made aware that the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show had been postponed until later in 2021, with the event now due to take place over the weekend of 11th – 13th June.

Clarion events issued the following statement:

We are delighted to announce that Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, will now take place 11-13 June 2021.

Due to the on-going COVID situation, we feel this new timeline will give us the best opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate the world of classic cars and their restoration journey.

While we are still planning on incorporating all the COVID secure measures put in place for the show this year, they are all being implemented in a way that can be scaled back assuming a vaccination programme is well underway.

More details will follow in the new year but we wanted to update you now so you can save these new dates!

As you’d expect, ado16.info will keep close to the ever changing COVID-19 situation and work with the organisers to display in a COVID secure manner.

You can keep up to date with all the latest on the official website here.

August 2020 – Our COVID-19 update…

It’s been a while since our last COVID-19 update – and we thought now was a good time to bring you up to speed as we see it.

A different car scene in 2020…

With many events either being cancelled or postponed in 2020, we’ve had to take a very fluid approach to our own calendar. As a result, there have been last minute cancellations and date changes. We’ll continue to monitor events for our National Rally, which is due to take place with BMC day at the British Motor Museum in September. If the event is cancelled, or the executive feel the risk of attending such a show compromises member safety we may cancel club attendance at short notice. Please do check the website regularly for the latest updates.

Next up, we’ve taken the really difficult decision to withdraw from all indoor shows for the remainder of 2020, this includes the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2020, with Discovery. This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly. For those of you who have visited our stands previously, you’ll be aware that our ethos is very much centred around inviting people onto our stand and being able to mingle with visitors. We’re not one of those clubs who hide behind a swathe of regalia, or on deck chairs behind a car. We’re up front and talking to you, our visitors, our guests. In the current circumstances we’d struggle to put on an event we’d be proud of, and we know that we’d struggle to recruit members and their cars for the stand. We have to be quite realistic to the fact that the vast majority of membership will fall into the “vulnerable” category.

Being responsible…

Our members safety is always our number one priority. We know that as we move in 2021 (yes, we’re really planning that far forward) – that it is likely we’ll have more of the same difficult decisions we’ll have to make. We’re already thinking how we can become “contactless” at events – yet still pull together a stand that engages with the visiting public.

The future…

We’re always looking forward, and we know the next 12 months are going to be trying times for all. As a club with relatively low overheads, we’re not expecting any major bumps in the road, all of our communication & payments are already handled digitally. We’ve seen traffic to the site increase astronomically during lockdown, and in turn membership numbers rise. Both huge positives, which fits with our philosophy of being open 24/7, 365 days a year.


Thank you for your understanding, being a member – and your feedback.  We can’t wait to see you again soon!

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