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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NEC Restoration Show – Day 2 report

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham provides a vibrant platform for classic car enthusiasts to converge and celebrate automotive heritage. With a plethora of restoration projects, demonstrations, and engaging stories, the event showcased the passion and dedication of enthusiasts to preserve and restore classic cars.

A notable highlight of the day was witnessing the fitting of mudflaps to a Wolseley 1300. This small improvement not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the vehicle but also served a practical purpose in protecting it from road debris and mud.

Another standout moment was the progress made on the restoration of a vehicle affectionately named Maggie. Day by day, Maggie’s transformation was evident as the vehicle was turned around for the next job to be ticked off the list. Today’s tasks specifically focused on the boot floor and driver’s floor, which were carefully protected with Hammerite to safeguard against corrosion. Moreover, a rear lamp was expertly replaced(!)

An intriguing anecdote shared by a passerby added a human element to the event. The story involved a Mk3 1300 driven during a family holiday in Scotland, towing a caravan. An incident occurred involving a coach, with the coach driver accusing the ADO16 driver of negligence. This legal dispute escalated, ultimately requiring the ADO16 driver to attend the Sherrifs court to prove their innocence. This narrative served as a poignant reminder of the challenges and triumphs experienced by classic car enthusiasts, adding depth to the event.

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC provides a dynamic platform for enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the world of classic cars. From the meticulous restoration projects showcased to the captivating stories shared by attendees, the event celebrated the passion, craftsmanship, and camaraderie within the classic car community.

As the curtains close on another successful gathering, the legacy of automotive heritage continues to thrive, fuelled by the unwavering dedication of enthusiasts worldwide.

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NEC Restoration Show – Day 1 report

The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show kicked off with a vibrant start, drawing in enthusiasts and experts alike to celebrate the timeless allure of classic automobiles. Amidst the array of stands and showcases, the ado16.info stand stood out as a hub of activity and restoration prowess.

One of the standout highlights of the day was the skilled intervention by Ian and Dawn Kennedy from Hydragas and Hydrolastic Service Ltd. They undertook a permanent fix on Maggie’s rear suspension, replacing both roller feet with precision and expertise. This demonstration not only showcased their technical proficiency but also underscored the commitment to preserving the authenticity and functionality of the ADO16’s unique ride.

Additionally, the Kennedy duo attended to a Wolseley 1300 experiencing suspension issues on the driver’s side. Fortunately, the diagnosis revealed a minor issue—a weeping connection—bringing relief to both the owner and onlookers. This instance highlighted the importance of meticulous maintenance and timely interventions in the world of classic car restoration.

Throughout the day, the ado16.info stand buzzed with conversations among members, both old and new, exchanging anecdotes and insights into ADO16 motoring of yesteryear. However, the story that truly captured the imagination was shared by a passerby recounting a dramatic incident involving a 1300. The tale of aquaplaning in adverse weather conditions leading to a rollover not only added an element of intrigue but also emphasised the enduring legacy of these iconic vehicles.

Adding a nostalgic touch to the ambiance was the presence of a transistor radio on the rear parcel shelf, emanating the timeless tunes of legendary DJ Tony Blackburn (even after the accident!). This detail served as a poignant reminder of the bygone era and the cultural significance intertwined with classic car ownership today.

In conclusion, Day 1 of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show delivered an immersive experience for enthusiasts. From technical demonstrations to captivating anecdotes, the day was a testament to the enduring allure of classic motoring and the passionate community that sustains it.

ADO16.info is here all weekend in Hall 5, stand 728 – pop by and say hello!

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ado16.info is attending the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show!

ADO16 enthusiasts, mark your calendars and rev up your engines because ado16.info is set to make a grand appearance at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show! Held at the prestigious venue of the NEC in Birmingham, this event is a haven for classic car aficionados. This year ado16.info is set to shine the spotlight on the fantastic hydrolastic suspension that the ADO16 has to offer! This year you’ll find us in Hall 5, Stand 728.

Stand Details:

Located in Hall 5, Stand 728, the ado16.info exhibit promises to be a hub of excitement for fans of the ADO16. Visitors can expect to be transported back in time as they explore the carefully chosen display vehicles, whilst at the same time getting a closer look at the revolutionary suspension system that was installed on a car that was Britain’s best seller.

Suspension Special Weekend:

Prepare for an immersive experience as ado16.info declares the weekend a “Suspension Special” for Team ado16.info. The spotlight will be on the intricate system in the ADO16. Experts and enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to delve deep into the technical aspects, exchange knowledge, and share their experiences with fellow fans.

Conclusion:

Get ready for a weekend filled with nostalgia, expertise, and a celebration of classic cars at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show. Make sure to swing by Hall 5, Stand 728, and join Team ado16.info. Whether you’re a devoted ADO16 fan or simply passionate about classic cars, this is a show you won’t want to miss!

Members can secure discounted tickets here, whilst at the same time helping the club get a few extra wrist bands!

Not visited before?

The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show is a premier event that annually draws classic car enthusiasts and restoration aficionados to the NEC in Birmingham. This distinguished show is a melting pot of automotive nostalgia, where classic car lovers converge to celebrate the timeless charm of motoring from bygone years! Attendees are treated to a mesmerising display of meticulously restored vehicles, rare finds, and a treasure trove of auto-related paraphernalia.

The show is not just a static display; it’s an immersive experience that features live demonstrations, workshops, and opportunities for enthusiasts to connect with like-minded individuals. From iconic models to hidden gems awaiting restoration, the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show is a must-attend for anyone passionate about the art and craft of preserving automotive history.

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The New ado16.info Mug: A Perfect Blend of Style and Functionality

Are you a proud owner of an ADO16, or perhaps you’re a devoted enthusiast of this iconic British car? If so, you’re in for a treat! ado16.info has just unveiled their latest merchandise, and it’s making quite a buzz in the community. The new ado16.info mug is more than just a coffee cup – it’s a statement piece for any ADO16 lover. We’ll take a closer look at what makes this mug so special.

Bold Branding for All

The first thing you’ll notice about the ado16.info mug is the bold branding that adorns its surface. The classic ado16.info logo is proudly displayed, making it the perfect addition to your collection of ADO16 memorabilia. Whether you’re sipping your morning coffee or enjoying an evening tea, this mug will remind you of your passion for this timeless classic.

What sets this mug apart is that the branding is printed in such a way that it caters to both left and right-handed drinkers. No matter your preference, you can proudly display the ado16.info logo to the world while enjoying your beverage.

Microwave and Dishwasher Safe

The convenience of the ado16.info mug extends beyond its design. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe, ensuring that you can easily heat up your favorite drink or clean up without the hassle of handwashing. This practical feature makes the mug an excellent choice for everyday use. Say goodbye to those annoying moments when you accidentally heat your coffee in a microwave-unsafe cup!

Sturdy for Workshop Enthusiasts

If you’re a workshop enthusiast, you’ll appreciate the sturdiness of this mug. Whilst it’s not unbreakable, its made out of a thicker ceramic to handle everyday use. This makes it the ideal companion for those who love to tinker with their ADO16 or any other projects in their workshop. You can trust this mug to be as reliable as your trusty toolbox.

Conclusion

The new ado16.info mug is a must-have for any ADO16 enthusiast. Its bold branding appeals to both left and right-handed individuals, making it versatile and user-friendly. The convenience of being microwave and dishwasher safe adds a practical touch to its aesthetic appeal. Plus, its sturdy construction makes it the perfect companion for those who enjoy spending time in their workshops.

Whether you’re starting your day with a hot cup of coffee or winding down with a soothing tea, this mug is a tribute to your love for the ADO16 and a stylish addition to your collection. Get yours today and raise a toast to this iconic classic!

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – 1973 Vanden Plas Princess 1300

It’s a wrap! The 2023 show season is over (at least it is here in the UK)… we take a look back at the cars that were on our stand at the 2023 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.


Early in 1968, the Vanden Plas Princess 1300 made its grand entrance, introducing a touch of luxury to the iconic ADO16 family. This model was a class apart, featuring a twin carburettor A-series engine that provided a boost in power and performance, perfectly marrying opulence and spirited driving. While the exterior exhibited sophistication, the interior remained largely unchanged from the Mk1 models, carrying forward the luxurious charm that had been synonymous with “Vanden Plas” since they commenced their craft.

Production of the Vanden Plas Princess 1300 continued until June 1974, with approximately 23,453 examples being crafted. This elegant model, while cherished by those in the know, has always been a rare find. Ian Elliott, the Product PRO for British Leyland, Austin-Morris Division at the time, eloquently summed up its scarcity, stating, “The Vanden Plas 1300 is a model which has always been in short supply throughout the country because of the high demand relative to the low volume specialist production facilities.” This quote sheds light on the mystery of why so few of these luxurious classics remain on the road today, although the “luxury” brands of the ADO16 series have fared better than their Austin/Morris counterparts.

Our exquisite showcase on ado16.info belongs to Steve Forrester, proud owner of “Mabel,” aptly named after her first owner, Mabel Vere-Robbins. Steve’s tenure with Mabel began in November 2002, and this remarkable car was registered on the 2nd of November 1973, marking her 50th year. Notably, Mabel retains her originality, never having undergone restoration. The Damask Red exterior and Navy interior, showcased so elegantly, epitomize the quintessential Vanden Plas color scheme. Steve regularly enjoys the pleasure of driving Mabel, a sentiment we wholeheartedly share, recognizing that an ADO16 embodies the essence of its era.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – 1969 MG 1300

It’s a wrap! The 2023 show season is over (at least it is here in the UK)… we take a look back at the cars that were on our stand at the 2023 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.


In the October of 1968, the stage was set for a thrilling new chapter in the storied ADO16 family with the arrival of the MG 1300 Mk2. With the bold “Mk2” badge, it signified an era of evolution and innovation. Beneath the bonnet lay a revamped 1275cc A-series engine, equipped with twin carburettors, delivering a notable surge in both power and performance. This upgraded engine, combined with a fresh close-ratio gearbox, not only elevated the car’s spirited performance but also firmly established it as a performance-oriented car.

The interior underwent a modern transformation, featuring updated trim and a rejuvenated facia panel layout. These enhancements not only raised the bar in terms of comfort and aesthetics but also reflected the car’s commitment to contemporary design. The MG 1300 Mk2 captivated motorists and the automotive press alike. In fact, Motor Magazine, in their February 1969 road test, jubilantly declared, “at last – real performance,” echoing the sheer exhilaration this model brought to its drivers.

Despite its relatively short production run, which concluded in September 1971, the MG 1300 Mk2 left an indelible mark in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. A remarkable 23,609 of these captivating vehicles graced the roads during their production years.

The particular example showcased on the ado16.info stand now belongs to Matt Gregory, who acquired the car in May 2023. While the car underwent restoration approximately two decades ago, it had remained dormant since. Naturally, there was an array of recommissioning tasks to prepare the car for its debut at the NEC, representing Matt’s dedication to reviving this classic. With an eye for interior refinement, he replaced the dashboard, transitioning the interior from black to a striking red, harmoniously complementing the non-standard two-tone paint finish. Matt’s attention to detail also extended to the addition of Dunlop D1 alloy wheels, a splendid period accessory. As with any vehicle, especially a cherished ADO16, it’s an ongoing labor of love!

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – 1967 MG 1100

It’s a wrap! The 2023 show season is over (at least it is here in the UK)… we take a look back at the cars that were on our stand at the 2023 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.


In the autumn of 1962, a captivating British classic took its inaugural bow: the MG 1100. This vehicle was a distinguished member of the illustrious ADO16 family. What set this model apart was its spirited twin carburettor version of the 1098cc A-series engine. This powerful engine not only imbued the MG with lively performance but also etched its name in the annals of automotive legend.

One glance was all it took to recognise the MG variant, thanks to its iconic front grille adorned with the distinctive MG insignia. This design element not only paid homage to its sporty heritage but also added to its aesthetic charm. What truly made the MG 1100 a versatile gem was its availability in both two and four-door configurations. It’s worth noting, however, that the two-door model was only available for export markets. The journey of the MG 1100 Mk1 continued until October 1967, with approximately 123,354 of these splendid vehicles gracing the roads.

Fast forward to the present day, and the MG 1100 Mk1 has aged like fine wine, standing as a testament to its remarkable craftsmanship. This 56-year-old classic, “Monty”, remains in pristine condition, a testament to the care it has received over the years. Only a few adjustments were needed since it found its way into the David’s care. From the relocation of mirrors for practicality to professional rust repairs, this trusty companion has stayed faithful through the years. It boasts an impressive track record, with an annual service and MoT, clocking 10,000 miles in the past four years. One noteworthy feat was a hassle-free 1,700-mile journey to Clermont-Ferrand in France, a testament to its enduring reliability. The only hiccup in this otherwise smooth ride was a minor drive shaft coupling issue on a trip to the NC500, swiftly resolved with a replacement.

But beyond its mechanical prowess, this MG 1100 represents an emotional connection that transcends time and generations. The bond traces back to David’s roots, having learned to drive in a Morris 1100, a car not unlike this beloved MG. The nostalgia runs deep, and the allure of that white exterior, just like David’s mother’s November 1963 Morris 1100, was too strong to resist. When the chance arose in 2019 to acquire Monty, it was a heartfelt reunion with a cherished piece of automotive history, an ode to personal memories and an enduring love for British classics. And as the journey continues, plans for more adventures are on the horizon, keeping the spirit of the MG 1100 alive and thriving.

Revive Your Style with ado16.info Branded Polo Shirts: The Ultimate Relaunch

Six years ago, we embarked on a journey to celebrate our love for the iconic ADO16, and share our passion with like-minded enthusiasts. We launched the ado16.info shop, offering a selection of ado16.info branded products.

Today, we are thrilled to announce the revival of our beloved ADO16 community in a fashionable way. After a hiatus of two years, we are reintroducing ado16.info branded polo shirts, and we’re taking it up a notch with the renowned Fruit of the Loom Premium Cotton Piqué Polo Shirt. Get ready to revamp your style, because these shirts are more than just clothing; they are a symbol of your passion for the iconic ADO16.

Unveiling the Fruit of the Loom Premium Cotton Piqué Polo Shirt

Crafted for comfort and durability, these polo shirts are made from high-quality, premium cotton piqué fabric, making them perfect for both casual outings and those special events where you want to showcase your love for classic cars. The Fruit of the Loom brand is synonymous with quality, and we’re proud to present this iconic shirt to our fellow ADO16 enthusiasts.

A Stylish Fusion of Classic and Contemporary

Our ado16.info branded polo shirts are not just a garment; they’re a statement piece that merges classic and contemporary style effortlessly. The shirts are available in a range of classic colours, including timeless black, royal blue and vibrant red, each with an embroidered ado16.info logo (with over 19,000 stitches nevertheless!) that serves as a testament to your dedication to the ADO16. The shirts offer a perfect fit and are suitable for various body types, ensuring you look great while feeling comfortable.

Express Your Passion Proudly

Wearing our ADO16 polo shirts is not just a fashion statement, it’s a way to express your love for the ADO16 wherever you go. Whether you’re attending a car show, meeting up with fellow enthusiasts, or just enjoying a day out, these shirts will let everyone know where your heart truly belongs.

A Perfect Gift for Fellow ADO16 Enthusiasts

Are you looking for a thoughtful gift for a fellow ADO16 enthusiast? Our branded polo shirts are the perfect choice. Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or just a way to show your appreciation, these shirts are a gift that will be cherished by anyone who shares your passion for classic cars.

How to Get Your ado16.info Branded Polo Shirt

The relaunch of our ado16.info branded polo shirts commences at The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC between 10th – 12th November 2023. Shortly afterwards, sales will commence in our online shop. Ordering is simple and secure, and we offer worldwide shipping so that ADO16 fans from all corners of the globe can join in on the excitement.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your style with an iconic piece of ado16.info history.

We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to all our supporters who have kept the ADO16 spirit alive over the years. We look forward to seeing you all donning our branded polo shirts, celebrating your passion for the classic ADO16, and creating new memories together.

Welcome back to the ado16.info family in style. Revive your passion, relive the memories, and roll with us in the ultimate classic car fashion!

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Rev Your Engines: The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2023 is Just Three Weeks Away!

Get ready to immerse yourself in a sea of classic cars, timeless elegance, and automotive nostalgia as the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show returns to the NEC from November 10th to 12th, 2023. With just three weeks to go, anticipation is building for one of the most celebrated events in the classic car calendar.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show has a reputation for being an automotive extravaganza, and the 2023 show promises to be no different. As we eagerly count down the days, let’s take a sneak peek at what you can expect at the show, and why ado16.info is a must-visit.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show Highlights:

  1. Diverse Collection of Classics: Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore an eclectic array of classic cars. From pristine vintage models to quirky and rare classics, the show boasts a lineup that caters to a broad spectrum of tastes.
  2. Restoration Paradise: If you’re a classic car restorer or DIY enthusiast, this event is your paradise. Gain insights, expert advice, and find the tools, parts, and inspiration you need to kickstart or continue your restoration projects.
  3. Dealer Village: Looking to add to your collection or invest in a classic beauty? The Dealer Village is where you can explore a variety of classic car dealers and, perhaps, drive home your dream car.
  4. Celebrities and Experts: The show often features appearances by celebrity car enthusiasts, allowing fans to meet their idols. Additionally, expert panels and talks offer valuable knowledge for classic car owners and enthusiasts.

ado16.info at Stand 3-170: Your ADO16 Hub

For fans of the iconic BMC ADO16, the highlight of this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is undoubtedly Stand 3-170, where ado16.info will be on full display. Here’s what’s in store for you at the ado16.info stand:

  1. A Visual Feast of ADO16 Classics: Stand 3-170 will host a stunning showcase of ADO16 vehicles that will leave you in awe.
  2. Connect with the ADO16 Community: The stand will serve as a meeting point for ADO16 enthusiasts. Swap stories, share experiences, and discuss restoration projects with a passionate community that shares your love for this classic car model.
  3. Expert Guidance: Whether you’re an ADO16 owner or considering one, ado16.info’s experts will be on hand to offer advice, technical support, and insights into the world of the ADO16. Have questions? They have answers!
  4. ado16.info App Sneak Peek: Discover the ado16.info app, set to be available soon on the Google Play and Apple App Stores. The app will bring comprehensive information, technical support, and the latest ADO16 news right to your fingertips.

The Countdown Begins

With just three weeks to go until the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, the excitement is palpable. It’s a chance to bask in the glory of classic cars, learn from experts, and connect with fellow enthusiasts. And for those who hold the ADO16 close to their hearts, the ado16.info stand is a focal point that shouldn’t be missed.

Mark your calendars for November 10th – 12th, 2023, and get ready for a weekend of pure automotive delight. Whether you’re an ADO16 fan or just a lover of classic cars in general, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is an event that promises to reignite your passion for the timeless world of automotive history and design. Don’t miss out on this unmissable automotive extravaganza!

Book Your Tickets Now!

With the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show just around the corner, it’s time to secure your tickets and ensure you don’t miss out on this incredible celebration of classic cars. Remember to use your exclusive club member discount code when booking to enjoy substantial savings. The clock is ticking, so act now to reserve your spot at one of the year’s most exciting classic car events. We look forward to seeing you at the NEC, where classic car dreams come to life!

Looking back at ado16.info stands of the past…

Revive Your Wardrobe with ado16.info’s Latest Relaunch

Exciting news is on the horizon for all you classic car enthusiasts and ADO16 aficionados! We’re about to hit the rewind button on your fashion choices, taking you back to the golden era of motoring with a fresh twist.

In the ever-evolving world of automotive fashion, we at ado16.info are proud to announce the upcoming relaunch of a beloved clothing product in our online shop. Our team has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to breathe new life into this classic piece of ADO16 history. We can’t wait to share it with you!

A Trip Down Memory Lane with a Modern Spin

If you’ve been with us for a while, you might remember this clothing gem from the past. But don’t expect the same old look. We’ve taken everything you loved about it and given it a modern makeover. It’s nostalgia, but with a fresh, contemporary edge.

Stay Tuned for the Big Reveal

We’re not quite ready to lift the curtain just yet, but we promise it’s worth the anticipation. Our relaunched product is not just an item of clothing; it’s a statement, a symbol, and a badge of honor for anyone passionate about the ADO16.

So, keep your eyes peeled and your engines revving. Very soon, you’ll have the chance to make this exciting piece of ADO16 history your own, available exclusively in the ado16.info shop.

Get ready to relive the memories and ride with us into a new era of classic car fashion. The countdown has begun, and the best is yet to come!

Volunteers required!

The backbone of any organisation is the small group of unsung heroes working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the club to life.

ado16.info is no different, other than we have a uniquely different arrangement than most other clubs. Gone are the days of “death by committee” and inflexibility. Volunteers within ado16.info are empowered to make their own decisions – working towards the clubs shared values.

As a digitally focused club – we’re keen to ensure that our web presence is front and centre of everything we do but, of course, there are other roles in the background that we need assistance with.

You can find out more about our existing team here.

If you’re interested in finding out more about one of volunteering opportunities below – please fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Current volunteering opportunities

Newsletter Editor

The club is looking to re-establish a bi-monthly mail chimp newsletter, and is therefore seeking a self-motivated individual who can write some initial commentary, and pull an interesting articles from the FBHVC newsletter which is issued to the club by email.

The newsletter is also there primarily to inform of events ado16.info is attending and show case our huge archive of ADO16 information.

Events organiser

ado16.info usually attends two indoor events per year – and occasionally looks to “tag in” with other events where possible. The role of the events organiser to apply for and complete the paperwork process for the two indoor events and plan the stands to match the show theme.

Website contributor

Our website is our shop front, and one that we’ve been incredibly proud of since 1999! It’s a vast archive of information, and always growing and changing. We’re looking for someone to assist with the updating of the website. We use WordPress for our content management system, so ideally looking for someone with knowledge of WordPress – or someone who is keen to learn.

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Less than 16 weeks to go until the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor show!

Classic

With less than 16 weeks to go until the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – we thought it was worth reminding you about the spectacular “end of season” event held at the NEC in Birmingham every November. This year it takes place between the 10th – 12th November.

We shared with you in May that we’d been selected to attend the event this year. In case you missed it – you can find the ado16.info stand in Hall 3, stand 3-170.

We’re finalising the details of the vehicles we’ll be looking to have on the stand over the coming weeks – but this year is probably our most varied stand.

The show brings together a great array of classic car and motorcycle clubs along with their iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes.

No matter what you’re looking for, this is the ultimate season finale for any classic car/bike owner, collector, enthusiast, club member, or simply anyone with a passion for classic vehicles!

But it’s not just about the classics on display. As well as admiring these amazing vehicles, you can shop for those elusive pieces in the autojumble, or source parts and tools for your maintenance and restoration needs from the many specialist traders.

Looking for something to fill that classic-shaped hole in your life? You’ll find an outstanding range on offer from the Dealers and at Silverstone Auctions.

Then there are all the activities you can enjoy. Hear talks from motoring celebrities and experts, learn from specialists throughout the halls, or drive out in unique classics with HERO-ERA or Sporting Bears, helping them raise money for some brilliant children’s charities.

Special member pricing…

Members of ado16.info can receive up to £4 off a ticket if they book before midnight on Thursday 9th November 2023. Full details are available here.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 10th – 12th November 2023

Even though it’s only May, we’ve got some fantastic news to share – we’ve been selected to display at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, which this year is being held on 10th – 12th November 2023.

If you’ve never heard of the Classic Motor Show, where have you been? It’s seen by many as the “closing” event of the show season, and takes place at the NEC in Birmingham, this year that’ll be between the 10th and 12th November.

The show brings together a great array of classic car and motorcycle clubs along with their iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes.

No matter what you’re looking for, this is the ultimate season finale for any classic car/bike owner, collector, enthusiast, club member, or simply anyone with a passion for classic vehicles!

But it’s not just about the classics on display. As well as admiring these amazing vehicles, you can shop for those elusive pieces in the autojumble, or source parts and tools for your maintenance and restoration needs from the many specialist traders.

Looking for something to fill that classic-shaped hole in your life? You’ll find an outstanding range on offer from the Dealers and at Silverstone Auctions.

Then there are all the activities you can enjoy. Hear talks from motoring celebrities and experts, learn from specialists throughout the halls, or drive out in unique classics with HERO-ERA or Sporting Bears, helping them raise money for some brilliant children’s charities.

Like the sound of it? Then we’d love to hear from you. We’re always looking to mix our displays up (see lower down the page for some of the fantastic vehicles we’ve had displayed on the stand before).

What do you need from me?

  • Your car to be available from Thursday 9th (early afternoon) through until Sunday 12th November at 5:00.
  • Ideally, you to be available at some point over the weekend (if not all weekend) to help out on the stand, talk about your car, and of course, enjoy the show (we provide complimentary tickets)
  • Be enthusiastic, and don’t be afraid to talk to people (we’ll bring that out of you!)

Interested? Use the contact form below (selecting the show option), to send us your details (along with the car you’ve got that you’d like to show off) – we’ll be delighted to get in touch!

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New payment provider

Following a review our payment provider arrangements, we are changing to “Stripe” for all new payments from 28th January 2023.

For members who use PayPal for automatic renewal, these arrangements can remain in place until further notice.

We have made the decision to change payment providers as we believe Stripe will provide us with improved pricing, a better range of services including the introduction of mobile payments, and better support overall.

Various pages of the website are being updated to reflect the change in provider – but importantly there will be no interruption to your membership during the switch.

 

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!

Want to find out even more? Watch this fantastic highlights video…

This year you’ll find us in hall 5 on stand 5-775. 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 an exhibitor. This discounted ticket offer also benefits the club with a small percentage towards our costs for the weekend.

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

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11th – 13th November… important dates for your diary!

Where is the year going? It only seems like 5 minutes since we were posting about the Classic Car Restoration show taking place in March – and now we’re thrilled to be sharing with you the details of the upcoming Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with discovery+.

In essence Birmingham is 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!

The important dates for your diary are Friday 11 – Sunday 13 November 2022. 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 470.

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 to our stand to celebrate 60 years of the ADO16!

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Bangers & Cash: Restoring Classics coming to your TV screen soon!

Earlier in the year, ado16.info was invited along to Mathewsons Classic Cars to give an opinion on a recently restored Vanden Plas Princess.

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).

The car went through the auction at Mathewsons on the 4th February 2022, and fetched a whopping £12,250 – which we believe is a record for an ADO16.

The time has finally come, and the spin-off series will be airing on the Yesterday Channel from 21st July 2022 – and the Vanden Plas, we’re told, is up second.

Tune in, to see how close we were with our valuation!

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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.
Michael T-V

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.

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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.

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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:

THE SHOW WAS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON 11-13 JUNE 2021 AFTER MOVING FROM ITS USUAL MARCH DATELINE. HOWEVER, THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF COVID RESTRICTIONS MEANS THAT THE SHOW CANNOT BE HELD AT THAT TIME. THE NEXT LIVE OUTING OF THE PRACTICAL CLASSICS CLASSIC CAR & RESTORATION SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY, WILL NOW TAKE PLACE 18-20 MARCH 2022.
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.

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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.

Finally

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!