You said we did…

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK National Rally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

We look forward to meeting members old & new!


The Connaught – Celebrating the best bits of 2018

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

The Connaught

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

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

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

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


Happy New Year! 2018, a proud year for

Happy New Year to all of our community!

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

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

Other notable events this year include:

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

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

So, what’s to come?

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

November 1999

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

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

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

Still not a member?

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

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

[ssba-buttons] is off to the NEC Restoration Show

Restoration Show

Attending the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery has become an annual event for us.

Next year celebrates being 20-years old. Also worthy of celebration is the phenomenal growth our club has seen in recent years. In recognition of our footprint in the classic car world, we have been rewarded with our largest stand to date!

Additionally we have a very high profile spot. This year we’re right next to one of the main attractions of the show – Dream Rides. We’re looking forward to sharing ADO16 memories with both existing enthusiasts and given our location, those who might not otherwise see our cars.

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, so don’t delay! Pre-order your tickets today!

Not a member (why not?) – you can still take advantage of discounted tickets using discount code PRCS19FLY on the organisers website.

Cant’ wait until March? We’ve added some photos below from previous years to whet your appetite! 

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Been trying to renew your membership?

We’ve been made aware of an error within the link that has been emailed out to members who are due to renew their membership soon. 

As part of continual improvement to the website, changes were made to the renewal page about a week ago. The changes made appear to have inadvertently changed the URL (the web page address).

To make sure no-one misses out, we’ve added a redirect to the old link and corrected the email.

If you’ve deleted the email you’ve received, you can click this link where you can renew your membership immediately!

We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused!

Login 2.0 – Logging into your favourite club just got easier!

We hinted in our post last week that we were bringing you a number of enhancements to the site over the coming weeks. Great news, the first enhancement is here, and we’ve termed it “Login 2.0”!

Everyone has a million passwords these days and remembering them… “Which one did I set up for…”. Never fear, we’ve made remembering your password easier. You can now link and login with your Social Media account.

Don’t want to link your Social Media account to No problem, you can continue using your usual credentials! Oh, and we should probably add – we’ve made that better too. Can’t login, but sure you’re entering the correct password? Check it! Simply press the “eye” icon at the end of the password field – and your password will be revealed! Another helpful feature, from a helpful club 🙂

Whilst adding the additional functionality we’ve also overhauled the login page – and we think it looks rather smart! 

To get setup review our FAQ document here. 

Not a member? What are you waiting for? Join us today!

Forums: All good things must come to an end…

It’s been 11 years since our forum graced the Internet – and boy have they weathered the storm! Forums came and went, but we still remained! There have been several “rebrands” times, the odd unexpected outage – and have arguably outlived the “MySpace” hype.

We’ve been accessed via dial up, ADSL, and now super fast Broadband. Things have really been happening around us… and that’s just the problem!

The way we interact has moved on, and we’ve seen forum traffic dwindle, more so than ever in 2018. Facebook allows users to connect almost instantly and get answers in real-time! What’s more, most of our forum users are already enjoying interacting with Facebook. That means the tumbleweed is quite literally rolling across the forum boards.

Coupled with falling visitor numbers, our forum boards use legacy software. This means, the platform we use in no longer in development. Transferring over to a new forum and taking everything with us is not a straightforward process. It would require significant investment, which is something we cannot commit to.

We’ve, therefore, taken the decision that it’s time to retire our forums, but don’t worry it won’t be straight away! We’ve disabled new registrations and posting to the forum, but if you’re already a member you can view the archives. The team are already pulling together the really useful posts, with a view to include them on the website.

We’re working on many new exciting features to add the community. These will be ready to share very soon!