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Practical Classics | Classic Car & Restoration Show 2019 | NEC | The Practical Classics Live Stage with Discovery
The Practical Classics Live Stage, with Discovery, is destined to have even more action in 2019! Practical Classics team is bringing their live project – a TR6 from across the pond – to the show with the hope to drive it off stage on the Sunday of the show. Will this come into fruition? Be there to find out! A host of TV motoring celebrities are in the pipeline for the show this year. Last year we had Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer, Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend will be joining Carole Nash and Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars’ Paul Cowland, and Drew Pritchard join us across the weekend. If you’re coming along on the Friday, you’re in for a treat with Vicki Butler-Henderson and Alex Riley planning on joining our host on stage.


TMT Readers are able to get specially discounted tickets for the 2019 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC in a few days time – if they hurry!

Use this link for the main Show site:

Use this link to choose your type of ticket.   

Then use the following code to get your special TMT discount: MILITARY

Please note: The deadline for discounted tickets is midnight on Thursday. 



The show is a really exciting mix of exhibits of restored vehicles as well as project cars that are in need of a lot of TLC. Restoration projects will be in progress at the NEC, with many car clubs turning up with anything from concourse cars to rusty “barn-finds”. Many will be on sale. Experienced car mechanics and restorers will be on hand to give advice and there are going to be many spare parts on sale.

“With so many experts at the show, the stage provides the perfect place to go get tips and advice from the best in the industry for anything motoring related. The valuable advice given by our experts is designed to help you with whatever project you are working on, any issues you are currently experiencing with your classic and advice on what’s the best classic for you. Come prepared with your questions and leave the show with a bit more knowledge than when you came.”

Over 170 Classic Vehicle Clubs

Classic vehicle clubs remain the life and soul of the classic vehicle community, and it is the same for the show. It is club members that work tirelessly to ensure all the fantastic marques are not forgotten and remain on our roads as long as possible, so enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy our motoring heritage.

This year 170+ clubs will be showcasing vehicles – everything from barn finds through to concours condition cars and everything in between. The majority will be actively working on restoring or servicing vehicles on their stand during the show including brake systems going under full overhauls, new front wings being fitted, head gaskets replaced and lots more.



The Workshop

The workshop attracts big crowds with many sessions having standing room only, and for good reason. Mike Coman and his expert team from Gilbert-Michaelson run various sessions throughout the day covering topics focusing on lead loading, panel work, and paint polishing and how to remove defects. Vital skills for anyone working on their own restoration project or own a classic.  As with all features of the show, this isn’t just a sit back and watch feature, Mike and the team encourage visitors to speak to them and ask any questions about maintaining and restoring classics.

This year for the first time, Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead made an appearance holding a Q&A session giving visitors even more opportunity to get hints and tips from some of the best in the business.

10.30am: Lead loading ‘How To’

12.00pm: Panel Work Basics, using hand tools and the wheeling machine

2.00pm: Paint polishing and removing defects

3.30pm: Lead loading ‘How To’

5.00pm: Panel Work Basics, using hand tools and the wheeling machine

NOTE: times are subject to change depending on day of the show.


Trader Village and Autojumble

A haven of parts and spares filled with anything and everything you could possibly need. If you’re looking to purchase that one motoring part you can’t find anywhere, accessories, automobilia, literature, tools or clothing then the Autojumble area is the place to go. There is something for everyone and you’ll be guaranteed to pick up a bargain amongst the 100s of stands making up this must visit feature of the show.


Carole Nash Barn Find

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery is home to the UK’s biggest Barn Find display with around 20 barn finds in various states of rust all bidding for visitors votes to be crowned the winner.

How do you define ‘ barn find’? To some, it has to be a vehicle covered in four decades worth of dust but to others, it is a car that has lain dormant for many years. The cars displayed in this year’s Carole Nash Barn Find display have been unearthed from garages, sheds, the bottom of peoples gardens hidden by years of weeds. Some have be rescued with the plan on restoring them back to their former glory, while others should be left to ‘rust in peace.’

The oldest vehicle on the display is Robert Holmquist’s 1930 Standard Big 9 Arrow Special. A true collector’s item – because to bring it to the NEC, Robert has had to collect up all the parts to even make it look like a car! Believed to be the only Standard Motors Big 9 ever to be bodied by Arrow Coachworks, the car was laid up around 1960, with 250,000 miles on the clock. It was left to rot into the ground until 2011 when it was quite literally dug out of the ground.

From the 1950s to the ‘70s, the display is a fantastic mix of British motors with some American muscle thrown in for good measure.

Who wins? You decide!

Make sure you cast your vote for your favourite barn find. Consider the car, its history and the story behind the motor. The winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon by Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend.

Carole Nash Barn Find Display 2019

Robert Holmquist’s 1930 Standard Big 9 Arrow Special

Chris Marvin’s 1958 Bedford CA Tipper

Matt Tomkins’ 1968 Mini Mk2 Estate

Steve Cato’s 1973 BMW E9 CSL

Peter Dickinson’s 1972 Halfinger

Mark Fishpool’s 1959 Vauxhall Victor F Type

Jason Myles’ 1972 Humber Sceptre Mk3 Saloon Auto

Gary Bates’ 1973 Macari Peerless

James Carter’s 1959 Riley 1.5

Bim Simcoe’s 1952 Triumph Renown Limo

Chris Spencer’s 1938 Jowett 10 Saloon

Edmund Drake-Lee’s 1978 Fiat X1/9 Series Special 1300

George Windsor’s 1951 Austin A90 Atlantic

Graham Macdonald’s 1970 NSU Ro 80

Mark Fishpool’s 1967 Daimler Sovereign 420

Mark Fishpool’s 1962 MGA Roadster Mk2

Nic Strong’s 1967 Bond Equipe

Nic Strong’s 1970 Ford Mustang Mach One

Nic Strong’s 1971 Opel Record

Nic Strong’s 1971 Ford Capri Pirana



Sporting Bear’s Dream Rides Garage

The “Bears”, as we are affectionately known, are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with the primary aim – to raise money for children’s charities through our own social and touring events, and to support other charitable events. It is to the club’s credit that annual subscriptions support the club overheads thus allowing all monies raised from Dream Rides and other events to be directed towards the selected charities.  Since the Club was formed in 1989 we have been very active and have raised over £2,000,000 for children’s charities in the UK.”

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, was thrilled to work with the Sporting Bear’s again in 2018. What better way is there to raise money for charity than by taking a ten mile passenger ride in the car of your dreams? And so many of you did, making this one of the most successful shows for Sporting Bears with them raising an incredible £16,323.76.

‘Dream Rides’, run by charity organisation The Sporting Bears Motor Club, offers visitors the opportunity to jump into and experience some of the most spectacular cars in the world, and all you have to do is donate to a wonderful cause. In exchange for a charitable donation, you can pick from the cars in the ‘Dream Rides’ garage which car you would like to take a ten-mile passenger ride in – the size of the donation depends on the car you choose.

‘Dream Rides’ wouldn’t be possible without the tireless work of the Sporting Bears Motor Club who performs a huge amount of passenger rides each day, at the three day event. They are a group of classic car enthusiast that raise money for children’s charities across the nation, through their own touring and social events. Each member gives their time, car and fuel for free so every penny raised goes to their nominated charities. There is s Dream Ride for everyone!

The one thing guaranteed to be in the Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides Garage is a rare find, and this year’s event is offered some incredible rides, including a couple of steam engines from the Traction Engine Trust.

Two other cars of note was a very rare MG SV-R. Based on the Qvale Mangusta with a Ford Mustang V8 and styling by Peter Stevens, only about 50 were produced. Another fantastic car offered up for charity rides was an eye-catching Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the fastest production car to have driven the famous Nordschleife Nurburgring Circuit.

Enjoy the show!

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