Just what exactly do you like about driving your classic along a great road? Is it the involvement, the feel of the controls, or the great sounds and smells? Well all of these will be celebrated as to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Preston Bypass, Britain’s first motorway, this year’s Classic Motor Show is encouraging the UK’s best classic car and motorcycle clubs to celebrate some of the World’s greatest driving roads.
Over 200 classic car and motorcycle clubs will exhibit at the show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 13th to 15th November, and celebrate the best roads that the British Isles has to offer as well as paying homage to more exotic stretches of Tarmac around the globe.
So in addition to perhaps seeing Minis celebrating the Cat & Fiddle road (the A537 from Macclesfield to Buxton), we might see Citroëns indulging in the Route Napoleon, American muscle cars beating up the iconic Route 66 or your dad’s Standard Eight boiling over on the hard-shoulder of the M6 after the excitement of its first high speed run! And there won’t be a shortage of Café Racers as they visit the show on route to the legendary Ace Café.
Fancy something a bit different and not quite so obvious? Club stand organisers will be encouraged to do what they do best – think laterally by marking great trips, celebrating legendary road races and even their favourite driving tunes!
Andy Rouse, Show Manager, said: “Modern machinery may be able to corner faster, be laden with more electronic toys, earn more speeding points and be as much fun to drive as a video game, but the skill involved with driving a classic is rewarded with far greater emotional payback. Classics are just more fun and the clubs demonstrate just how much more every year.”
And it’s not just the motors racking up the miles as the Classic Motor Show attracts visitors from all over the globe. It might feel slightly wrong to look forward to the end of summer, especially as it’s only just begun but the NEC Classic Motor Show is the climax of the classic car season so make sure you’ve got the dates in your diary.
The place to share your passion for classics, the Classic Motor Show ensures every motoring taste is catered for with impressive displays of unusual and breathtaking marques while over 300 trade stands sell a wide range of parts, spares, tools, motoring services and memorabilia. Features include a restoration theatre, dream rides, and special guest appearances.
If you prefer two wheels, there is a dedicated Classic Bike hall complete with club displays, classic bike concours, stage interviews and the popular bike jumble.
The NEC in Birmingham is located just off Junction 6 of the M42 and more information is available at the show’s official website: www.necclassicmotorshow.com.