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2017 theme – ‘Family Ties’
The Classic Motor Show’s theme this year is Family Ties. Show director Lee Masters explains: ‘The classic motoring community is one huge family but so is the motoring industry. Manufacturers create various models which are in families, with one model billed as the sister car to another. Plus, there’s those cars that have been passed down through families, from generation to generation; the motor your dad taught you to drive in, or the family saloon that took you on your first holiday.‘
To tell this story, the show’s organisers have collaborated with hundreds of exhibitors who together will showcase as many as 2500 cars and motorcycles. These displays will span a total of one million square feet – roughly the size of 12 football pitches.
Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show sale
In the mood for buying a classic? As well as the many dealer stands, and private cars for sale, there will be a selection classic cars going under the hammer at this year’s Silverstone Auctions Classic Motor Show sale. More modern classic cars have done very well in the past, with more than one world record price achieved for various Fast Fords in the past. Silverstone auctions are currently accepting consignments.
The UK premiere of the new series of Wheeler Dealers, featuring Mike Brewer with his new lead mechanic and co-host Ant Anstead, will be shown during the show. The premier will be held on 11 November, and will air the first episode in the 14th season for around 200 guests in an after-hours screening at the NEC ‘season finale’.
Mike Brewer said: ‘Making Wheeler Dealers with a new partner and thousands of miles away from our native country is difficult, but the reward is bringing one of the world’s biggest and greatest car shows to the screen.’
‘We are immensely proud of our efforts and we are excited to share the new look Wheeler Dealers with a live UK audience for the first time ever. The show has more mechanical content than ever before and both Ant and I are thrilled with what we believe is a groundbreaking build.’
Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead are also taking part in a Q&A session immediately after the screening.
Enthusiasts and Wheeler Dealer fans are also invited to take part in a competition to win tickets to
the exclusive premiere. Entry to the competition is simple: just buy a ticket to the Classic Motor Show before October 26 for automatic prize draw entry.
This year’s event even also has live performances from a very special band in a very special setting. The Quarrymen – the musical seed that would later grow to become to The Beatles – are recreating one of their very first shows, which was performed from the back of a lorry.
To recapture this pivotal pop moment, the band will be performing thirty minute sets at the FBHVC/Historic Commercial Vehicle Society stand. Their stage: a 1937 AEC Matador lorry provided by a member of the HCVS! In the band’s own words – ‘a vintage lorry to make us vintage musicians feel at home!’
FBHVC Chairman David Whale said: ‘The idea for this recreation of what might be called the birth of the Beatles, came to us when we found an old black and white photograph of a skiffle group playing on the back of a 50’s lorry in a carnival. One of our Directors remarked that one of the boys looked like John Lennon and we soon found out that indeed it was!
‘An internet search revealed that 60 years on, the band were still playing so we started a search aided by one of our members, the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society, for a suitable lorry.’
The Quarrymen took their name from Liverpool’s Quarry Bank High School, which was attended by a young John Lennon. The band – which formed in 1956 – soon featured the most famous singer songwriting duo in pop history: John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
The band evolved into The Beatles and since 1997 have performed across the globe with drummer Colin Hanton, the guitarist/banjoist Rod Davis, Len Garry on guitar and lead vocals, John Duff Lowe on piano and Chas Newby on bass.
NEC classic car show tickets, parking and postcode
Getting to the NEC Classic Motor Show is generally straight forward from any direction, and is well signposted from the M6, however be prepared for some traffic while getting into the car parks. There are normally quite a number of classics driving around to keep things interesting!
Parking at the venue is £12 per car. There is a useful guide on the official website on how to get there. This leaves you with a 10-15 minute walk to the show, although there is also a free shuttle bus service. The show opens at 10.00am on Friday, and 9.00am over the weekend, with doors closing to the public at 6.30pm.
Postcode for the NEC classic car show: B40 1NT
Tickets can be bought in advance, or for slightly more on the day. Friday tickets are the most expensive, at £30 for an adult (£32.50 on the door), and £15.50 (£16.50) for children over 5 years old. Children under 5 enter for free.
Weekend tickets are slightly cheaper, with both Saturday and Sunday tickets costing £23.50 in advance or £26.50 on the day. Family tickets are also available for £58.50 (£65.00 on the day) and grant access for two adult and three children. Weekend tickets are also available if you plan on spending more than one day at the show.