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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Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show – Postponed until 2021

In light of the current COVID-19 situation our kick start to the show season has now been postponed until the 26th – 29th March 2021. Whilst we’ll miss the show that launched it all for us, it’s completely for the right reasons. Clarion, the event organiser had the following to say:

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, will now be postponed to 26-28 March 2021.

Everyone involved in putting the show together is extremely disappointed that the ultimate restoration experience will not be brought to the community this year. However, the health and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors, partners, contractors and staff is of the upmost importance. With the government’s roadmap suggesting that restrictions on movement will still be in place for some time, it is therefore the right decision for us to cease planning for an event of this size and importance in August.

We will now be putting all our efforts into delivering an extra special restoration show in 2021 and a fantastic meeting of the community for our flagship event, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, in November. Clarion Events is working with other event organisers, venues and government to develop guidelines on how to deliver the best versions of our events while ensuring the health and safety of all involved. We will update you further on the measures we are putting in place in due course.

We really appreciate the ongoing support that so many clubs give to the show and it is with great regret that the current situation necessitates another change of plan. We look forwards to the time when we can enjoy our classics again without concern or disruption.

We’re looking forward to dusting off our tools in 2021, and we’ll  be reaching out to the community nearer the time to put on an amazing display!

Open sign.
Open sign.

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So, 2020 hasn’t started as we expected, with us in April and the Classic Car scene is still pretty much snoozing. That said, give the uncertainty we’re facing in the present climate, it’s absolutely the right thing to do.

We’re still “open”…

With many governments across the world ordering citizens to stay at home, it gives us the opportunity to continue to serve our members. We’re still signing up, renewing, and just being there for our members across a wide range of channels. Whether it’s a project that’d been worked on in New Zealand, or a full rebuild taking place in Denmark – you really can find it in one of our homes!

This downtime, also gives us chance to update the website – there’s lots of updates already done, and a reasonably “chunky” one to come over the next few weeks. We’re keen to tell you more about our favourite subject, yep the ADO16!

As you can image, our shop is very much open for business – and there’s a lovely book which we’re sure you’d really enjoy thumbing through (members receive a tasty discount as well!).

So, what’s going to happen with upcoming events…?

Good question, and one that’s probably very difficult for us to answer. All of our events are still scheduled to happen on the dates advertised. Of course, this could change if COVID-19 remains a threat to public health. As you’d expect, we’ll continue to review the threat nearer to each event, and provide the appropriate updates as and when we can.

What can I do?

Simple, please follow your own local guidance. Most countries seem to be adopting the “Stay Home and Save Lives” strap line. Please do this wherever possible.

In the UK, the government has made it quite clear, you should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

… so that gives us lots of time to work on our cars at home, safely.

NEC Restoration Show – New Dates!

Following the recent announcement from Clarion events postponing the NEC Restoration Show, we were delighted to receive revised dates in our inbox last week.

The show will now take place on Friday 7th August until Sunday 9th August 2020.

Restoration show 2017

Being at the show is the best place to help kick-start or finish off any motoring project. From finding that pivotal part to a restoration puzzle at over 250 trader stands or discovering that braining-wracking answer from the many motoring experts, it can be unearthed here – it really is the one-stop-shop!

We’re thrilled to be invited back to this event. This will be our 4th visit – and one we always look forward to attending.

Once again, we’ve got a prime spot – right in between Dream Rides and the Practical Classics Live Stage. We’re also next door to the GCCG, who were crowned the club of the year in the Classic & Sports Car Club awards at the November show. We’ll be in Hall 5, Stand 470.

As in previous years we will have service, repair and restoration work happening on our stand throughout the show. Our plans are forming but if you want to be involved with your car then get in touch and we’ll try to accommodate.

If you’re a member of 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 the provision of additional volunteer wristbands, so don’t delay! Pre-order your tickets today!

It is with great sadness that Clarion Events has decided to postpone the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery.
Clarion events

The following is a statement issued by Clarion events about the upcoming Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration show:

It is with great sadness that Clarion Events has decided to postpone the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery.

The event team have been continually monitoring the latest public health and government guidelines regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation and acting in accordance with their advice.

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors, partners, contractors and staff is the most important factor and therefore the only action for all involved is to postpone.

We are working with the NEC to find suitable options to reschedule the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery, please bear with us as we work to secure a new date line.

Tickets already purchased will be valid for the rescheduled date. We will be in touch with all our visitors as soon as we have more information to share. We will keep you updated via our newsletters, website and social media channels.

We are truly sorry that we have had to make this extremely difficult decision and thank you all for your patience, understanding and support in this unprecedented situation.

Classic Car Auctions will be running their auction at the Warwickshire Event Centre. Please visit for further details, including how to view and bid. will keep you posted with the revised dates as soon as they are known.

Maggie’s going back to the NEC!

Maggie has been shortlisted in the Practical Classic Restorer of the Year competition, and is delighted to announce that Maggie, Emily and Tom will be making an appearance at the NEC Restoration Show in March.


This is a huge achievement for Emily and Tom, who worked tirelessly last year to turn up with an almost completed project – much to our surprise!

Voting is still very much open until the Golden Spanner is awarded to the winner at the show!

Not cast your vote? Please do it now! We’d love you to get behind a fellow member, and show some support to younger members in the classic car world! You can place your vote by clicking here.

Coming to the show, but not bought your ticket yet? Now’s the time to do it! There’s an exclusive member discount code available, making entry to the show even more appealing!

Voting for restorer of the year is now open!

You may have seen our recent story about Maggie, the Wolseley 1100. Well, voting is now open for restorer of the year – and we’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word and drop a vote or two Maggie’s way.

As a reminder; Emily & Tom are no strangers to and the Restoration show, having previously brought along to the stand, Alice (a 1970 Austin 1300 – instagram link here). But by far, the work undertaken to Maggie in such a short timeframe was absolutely outstanding, and deserves recognising – so we’re asking you to take a “click” on their entry.


Let’s crown Maggie, Emily & Tom the PC restorer of the year!

When I have down time, I tend to buy a copy of Practical Classics. I'm one of those, "flick to page 5, and see what cars are featured" type readers.

Over the Christmas period, I find myself with more time on my hands than the rest of year. It’s great spending time with family, and it also gives me the opportunity to get caught up. Be it with tasks on the website, or get up to speed with what’s been happening in the Classic Car scene…

When I have down time, I tend to buy a copy of Practical Classics. I’m one of those, “flick to page 5, and see what cars are featured” type readers. I then base the rest of journey through the mag based on this initial scan. Three up from the bottom, I spot it – a Wolseley 1100. You know what happens next – scoot on over to page 36 to see “what’s occurrin'”.

Imagine my surprise when I see a car that is no stranger to across two pages. For those who missed it last year – Emily Cook’s Wolseley 1100 was on our stand at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in 2019.

Emily’s car is lovingly referred to as “Maggie”. Maggie featured in the film “The Lady in the Van”, which starred Maggie Smith (get the link?).



Literally reading the story I was beaming from ear to ear. It was great to relive the rebuild, which I’d followed on Maggie’s instagram page (@restoringmaggie), as well the initial shock at seeing Maggie drive onto the stand – something I didn’t expect! All weekend, Emily & Tom worked on Maggie, and the activity drew crowds to the stand.

Emily & Tom are no strangers to the Restoration show, having previously brought along to the stand, Alice (a 1970 Austin 1300 – instagram link here). But by far, the work undertaken to Maggie in such a short timeframe was absolutely outstanding, and deserves recognising.

So, why the rambling?

Put simply, I’d really like the community to support Emily & Tom in the Pratical Classics – Restorer of the year – 2019 competition. While voting is not yet open (we’ll share details with you nearer the time). It’s great to see a younger generation really into the ADO16 range.

Note: Although the latest issue of Practical Classics suggests that Emily & Tom’s restoration will be entered in the 2020 competition, we have it on good authority that it will be the 2019 competition!

I should probably add…

I’m usually an observant person, so missing the picture of Maggie on the Front Cover of Practical Classics is unforgivable – Sorry Emily & Tom!

Happy New Year! – 2020, a lot to look forward to…

2020 - Happy New Year!

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to all our members. Whether you’re celebrating the dawning of 2020 with “us”, we hope your 2020 is a great one!

2020 is already shaping up to be a busy year for the team. Preparations will soon get underway for the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show. We’ll be posting more information nearer the time, but for now – don’t forget members have an excellent discount code available to them.

2019 has been a particularly special year for Here are some of our highlights:

  • Attended our 3rd Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration show (PCCCRS).
  • Nominated for “Outstanding Online Presence by a car club” at the PCCCRS.
  • Held our National, and combined a Road Run and overnight stay – including a last look at Longbridge before most of it is flattened.
  • Membership climbed past the 300 mark (and still growing!).
  • Attended the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2019, with Discovery.

I’m sure I’ve missed some others – but the whole team are incredibly proud of the growth of the club, and indeed our online following. Our philosophy can be summed up by this quote:

"Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles. "

- Steve Jobs

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Finally, a huge big thank you to you! Without, you, we wouldn’t be here – and continuing to grow.

2020 - best of

Merry Christmas from us all at!

Merry Christmas from all of us at!

2019 has certainly been a year to remember. We turned 20, had our biggest ever stand at the NEC Classic Motor show in November, and membership has continued to grow! It’s also at this time of the year the team behind the club get the opportunity to reflect.

It’s important for us to thank you for being a member, and indeed, for your help and support throughout 2019.

We’re looking forward to 2020, and can’t wait to meet members old and new – our first event will be the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery.

For those celebrating Christmas, we hope you have a very enjoyable time!