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New Classic World Feature At 2020 NEC Restoration Show

The organisers of the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, have unveiled ‘Classic World’, an exciting new interactive feature that will debut at the three-day event held 27-29 March at Birmingham’s NEC.

Classic World brings together all the elements of owning a classic vehicle including the actual driving, and allows the audience to take a journey of discovery across four key areas – Work in Progress, Staff Car Sagas, Barn Finds Revisited, and the Classic World Stage (all you need to know about everything important). 

Event Director Lee Masters explains: “We are all very excited about what this new feature brings to the show. We’ve always championed live working to educate as well as entertain the visitors but this takes it to a whole new level.

Classic Word Feature

“The audience will be at the centre of the Classic World. Surrounding them will be project cars currently being worked on with live demonstrations of some of the key tasks and a chance for the audience to get the advice they need for their own restoration.

“There’s also freshly restored cars previously seen on the Barn Find display, and those classics that need regular care and maintenance to keep them going. None of these exhibits are static and are best seen when driving, so they will take to the Classic World roadway so the audience can see and hear them brought back to life.

“Bringing this altogether, is the Classic World stage where you can find all you need to know about everything important about owning a classic vehicle. Rather than just have a live stage with interviews and guests, we want to encourage two-way conversation and some healthy debate about the classic motoring community. The audience will have the opportunity to give their opinions both visually and vocally. It will bring a really different element to the show.”

The stage will also welcome interviews and insightful seminars with special guests such as TV motoring restorers Ant Anstead from Wheeler Dealers, Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend, and Jimmy De Ville from Goblin Works Garage and Fifth Gear. There will also be some hot topics discussed including the skills shortage and the ‘dying arts’ of classic restoration, electrification, restoration versus preservation, the future of fuel, MoT exemption, Smart Motorways, and that age-old question – what’s a classic?

There will also be the opportunity for the public to get involved as each day will see six classic car owners invited to show off their car and drive it on the Classic World roadway. 

The show also boasts the UK’s biggest display of barn finds in the Carole Nash Barn Find display, over 150 classic motoring clubs, live restorations, The Workshop demonstration theatre, over 250 specialist traders and spring’s biggest indoor autojumble. 

Plus, there are more features including the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership, Classic Car Auctions’ two-day sale, Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides and the final of the Lancaster Insurance Restorer of the Year for enthusiasts to enjoy. 

The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery, is held 27-29 March 2020 at Birmingham’s NEC with tickets now on sale. For more information as well as the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necrestorationshow.com


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