Breaking news: is off to the Resto Show!


We’re always excited when we get selected to display at the resto show. Never heard of the resto show before, read below for more information…

The countdown to Christmas is in full swing for many of our members! For those in the Northern hemisphere winter is waiting to pounce with vengeance! It seems fitting, therefore, that we start to look ahead to 2020 – and in particular the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery.

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!

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

A change to our NEC Line up… with us calling up a backup!

The 2019, Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery opens today and by calling upon a backup car we are all set…

…the surprise appearance comes from the Magenta based upon a 1968, MG 1300; around 900 examples of the Magenta were sold and with a fibreglass body the survival rate is good by ADO16 standards. It is a car we will look at in detail before the end of the year particularly as it took MG 1300 performance to another level combined with open top ADO16 motoring.

Commercial vehicle transport had been arranged for the Vanden Plas Princess 1100 but the lorry was involved in an accident prior to collecting the car from Wales – we were dealing with very short notice and so the most expedient option was to call in the Magenta; we had just fnished setting up the stand and taking these images when the NEC security personnel came and asked us to leave for the night; so it ended up being a little last minute but nonetheless we are very pleased with how our stand has turned out. Indeed, we know some of you will think we look better for having to make the change!

Examples of the ADO16 can be found scattered about on other stands but clearly with 4-cars we serve as the main focal point whilst our unique backdrop (with special thanks to Dean Gray) does feature your variant, no matter how rare it is.

Certainly in the UK, the Austin Victoria Deluxe has always been a rare sight and we have positioned the car parallel to the Wolseley 1300 so that an exact comparison can be made between the more usual Pininfarina styling and the more controversial Michelotti styling.

On the other end of the stand we have the original ADO16, the Morris 1100 which at launch was shortly followed by the MG, a good 12-months ahead of the Austin; so we feel it rather appropriate to position the MG based Magenta alongside…

…just as the Victoria represents the final incarnation of the Austin, so does the Magenta represent the final incarnation of the MG.

We’re delighted to have such a helpful community, who at the last minute were able to come up with a backup!

Come along and tell us what you think of the stand, share your ADO16 stories and eat some 20th anniversary birthday cake – slap bang in the middle of Hall 4, Stand 572.

Countdown to the National almost in single numbers!


As the countdown to the National almost completes, we thought we’d give you a reminder of what to expect.

Saturday, 7th September, 2019 club run…

…we’ll be meeting at the entrance of the Transport Museum Wythall (Chapel Lane, Wythall, B47 6JA) around 11.00am and driving off at 11.30am for 60-90 minutes before stopping for lunch..

We’re hoping to attract as many classic cars as possible plus of course a few of the ADO16!

THIS IS THE DAY BEFORE the actual UK National Rally.

Sunday, 8th September, 2019

The Sunday is the “main event”, with cars arriving at the museum at 10:00.

The plan is for a really informal gathering. Allowing members (and visiting classic owners) the time to be able to interact with each other and enjoy the museum.

The day aims to end around 16:30.

This is’s 20th birthday celebrations – and it’d be great to have an amazing turnout to celebrate an important milestone in our history.

Official countdown:

Looking for more events? Check out our events page for more information.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery November 2019

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 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.

Failing, that if you’re not a member, you can save money by booking your tickets in advance by visiting the Classic Motor Show’s page directly.

Time left until Classic Motor Show, November 2019:

Pride – supporting our LGBTQ+ members has always been proud to do things differently, and we’re even prouder to be supporting our LGBTQ+ members during this year’s pride events across the globe.

To show our support for our LGBTQ members we’ve added a couple of flags, and a new paint job to the bonnet of our logo. will continue to do things differently, and be an inclusive car club for everyone!

For those celebrating pride – enjoy!


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

Birmingham is fast becoming the home of It’s fitting, as most of our cars rolled off the production line at Longbridge. For us though it’s where 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 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.

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.

2019 PCCCRS – The 1966, Wolseley 1100

Last weekend’s UK Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show (PCCCRS) saw considerable activity on the club stand, especially surrounding Emily’s 1966, Wolseley 1100, with just a little help from Tom!

Over the course of the weekend Tom replaced the dynamo with an alternator, changed the water pump and the oil and filter. He also adjusted the rear pitch springs and attended to a few other minor things such as the temperature and fuel gauges. Meanwhile Emily painted; underneath in black, the engine in green and she also began painting various components in green – well that was until Tom intervened, and so the pulley and fan received a coat of yellow paint.

Emily also set about polishing various items and concluded the show was a great success – far more was accomplished on the Wolseley than if they had stayed at home.

Missed this years Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show (PCCCRS)? Never fear, there’s always next years – save the date now! 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!

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