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 ado16.info 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.
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. 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 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 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.
We’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!
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 ado16.info 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 ado16.info 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.
ado16.info 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.
You probably saw our post on Facebook a few weeks back, with highlights from The Connaught over the last 12 months.
If you’re not sure what The Connaught is, then where have you been? It’s the bi-monthly magazine of ado16.info, 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 ado16.info” – 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!
It 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 ado16.info! 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!
We said a lot had happened in 20 years… this is what we looked like when we first launched!
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 🙂