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:

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, 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, 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.

August 2020 – Our COVID-19 update…

It’s been a while since our last COVID-19 update – and we thought now was a good time to bring you up to speed as we see it.

A different car scene in 2020…

With many events either being cancelled or postponed in 2020, we’ve had to take a very fluid approach to our own calendar. As a result, there have been last minute cancellations and date changes. We’ll continue to monitor events for our National Rally, which is due to take place with BMC day at the British Motor Museum in September. If the event is cancelled, or the executive feel the risk of attending such a show compromises member safety we may cancel club attendance at short notice. Please do check the website regularly for the latest updates.

Next up, we’ve taken the really difficult decision to withdraw from all indoor shows for the remainder of 2020, this includes the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2020, with Discovery. This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly. For those of you who have visited our stands previously, you’ll be aware that our ethos is very much centred around inviting people onto our stand and being able to mingle with visitors. We’re not one of those clubs who hide behind a swathe of regalia, or on deck chairs behind a car. We’re up front and talking to you, our visitors, our guests. In the current circumstances we’d struggle to put on an event we’d be proud of, and we know that we’d struggle to recruit members and their cars for the stand. We have to be quite realistic to the fact that the vast majority of membership will fall into the “vulnerable” category.

Being responsible…

Our members safety is always our number one priority. We know that as we move in 2021 (yes, we’re really planning that far forward) – that it is likely we’ll have more of the same difficult decisions we’ll have to make. We’re already thinking how we can become “contactless” at events – yet still pull together a stand that engages with the visiting public.

The future…

We’re always looking forward, and we know the next 12 months are going to be trying times for all. As a club with relatively low overheads, we’re not expecting any major bumps in the road, all of our communication & payments are already handled digitally. We’ve seen traffic to the site increase astronomically during lockdown, and in turn membership numbers rise. Both huge positives, which fits with our philosophy of being open 24/7, 365 days a year.


Thank you for your understanding, being a member – and your feedback.  We can’t wait to see you again soon!

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Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show – Postponed until 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open sign.
Open sign.

COVID-19 an update from

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

We’re still “open”…

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

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

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

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

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

What can I do?

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

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

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

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

NEC Restoration Show – New Dates!

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

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

Restoration show 2017

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

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

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

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

If you’re a member of then you can take advantage of the discounted ticket offer the club receives as a exhibitor. This discounted ticket offer also benefits the club with the provision of additional volunteer wristbands, so don’t delay! Pre-order your tickets today!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maggie’s going back to the NEC!

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


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

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

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

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

Voting for restorer of the year is now open!

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

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


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