The organisers claim that the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show is the show to attend whether you are looking to reignite your passion for cars, finish a restoration project or simply want to reminisce with family and friends over the beautiful completed classic cars on display.

Based on my visit on Friday 24th March, I would have to agree with them. There was certainly something for everyone. What struck me this year was the number of cars surrounded by mechanics whilst on their individual display stands. Truly a “hands on”  show.

The event brings together 1000+ cars on display; 160+ car clubs representing various marques and models; 250+ exhibitors and autojumblers including restoration companies, services providers and product suppliers; the Classic Car Auction; celebrities; car competitions; practical workshops on restoration skills and lots more. If you have petrol, or volts, these days, coursing through your veins, then this is the show to be at.

Here are some of the exhibits that caught my eye –

ALLARD

1950s Special by 'Performace Cars' based on an Allard P Type

1950s Special by ‘Performace Cars’ based on an Allard P Type. Thank you to the Allard Register for identifying the car for CSI.

1950s Special by 'Performace Cars' based on an Allard P Type. Rear.

ARMSTRONG SIDDLEY

c1936 Armstrong Siddeley Burlington Special straight 6cyl. 5.0Ltr.

1936 Armstrong Siddeley Burlington Special straight 6cyl. 5.0Ltr.

1936 Armstrong Siddeley Burlington Special straight 6cyl. 5.0Ltr. Rear.

AUSTIN

c. !932 Austin 7 RN Saloon.

c. !932 Austin 7 RN Saloon.

Austin 7 Special

Austin 7 Special

Austin 7 Special. Rear

AUSTIN HEALEY

The Austin Healey Club Stand at the Classic Car & Restoration Show 2023

The Austin Healey Club Stand

 

1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1 in "Lustreen Green"

1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1 in “Lustreen Green”. Believed to be only one of three AH 100s built with this colour and one of two currently in existence.

1963 Austin healey 3000 Mk. IIA

1963 Austin Healey 3000 Mk. IIA, originally painted in ‘Healey Blue’ and sold by ‘Car Mart’ the AH dealers in London.

 

1958 Austin Healey 100/6 Completed Restoration Project.

1958 Austin Healey 100/6 Completed Restoration Project. Originally sold in the U.K. this car spent 30 years in Alabama USA. It was advertised as a “Barn Find” and brought back to the U.K. as such. Restoration started in 2017 and completed in the Spring of 2022.

FIAT

c. 1985 X1/9 by Bertone

c.1985 X1/9 by Bertone

FRISKY

c. 1959 Frisky Sprint Prototype

c. 1959 Frisky Sprint Prototype

HEALEY

1946 Healey Westland Prototype recreation by Warren Kennedy

1946 Healey Westland Prototype recreation by Warren Kennedy.

JAGUAR

Jaguar XK Customised

Jaguar XK Customised

Jaguar XK Customised

JOWETT

1927 Jowett Long 4 Tourer

1927 Jowett Long 4 Tourer

1927 Jowett Long 4 Tourer. Rear

 

MATRA

Matra Rancho

Matra Rancho

Matra Rancho. Rear.

Matra Murena

Matra Murena

Matra Murena. Rear

MG

MGA Replica Race Car

MGA Replica Race Car

MGA Replica Race Car. Rear.

NSU

1960s NSU Sport Prinz

1960s NSU Sport Prinz

1960s NSU Sport Prinz. Rear.

OPEL

Opel Manta GT/E

Opel Manta GT/E

PLYMOUTH

2001 Plymouth Prowler

2001 Plymouth Prowler

2001 Plymouth Prowler. Rear.

ROOTES GROUP & CHRYSLER UK

Hillman Avenger GT

Hillman Avenger GT

Hillman Avenger GT. Rear.

Avenger in the process of being restored.

Avenger in the process of being restored, in the true spirit of the show.

 

Hillman Imp Super

Hillman Imp Super

Hillman Imp Super. Rear

ROVER

Rover Mini with a 245 BHP Honda 1.8 Ltr. Engine.

Rover Mini with a 245 BHP Honda 1.8 Ltr. Engine. A superb piece of engineering – well done that man or men (or women, of course).

Rover Mini with a 245 BHP Honda 1.8 Ltr. Engine.

Rover 200 customised.

Rover 200 customised. The owner of this car is a member of the MGCC, the car was displayed on that club’s stand.

Rover 200 customised. Rear.

STANDARD

1936 Standard 16 Pillarless Saloon by Avon

1936 Standard 16 Pillarless Saloon by Avon

1936 Standard 16 Pillarless Saloon by Avon. Rear

TRIUMPH

Triumph Vitesse convertible

Triumph Vitesse customised convertible

Triumph Spitfire GT6

Triumph Spitfire GT6

Triumph Spitfire GT6. Rear.

 

VOLKSWAGEN

Volkswagen Golf Mk 2 Customised.

Volkswagen Golf Mk 2 Customised. There is lowered suspension then there is this!

Volkswagen ID. Buzz van in stunning fluorescent gold

Volkswagen ID. Buzz van in stunning metallic gold, by Knights Bullion.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz van in stunning metallic gold. Rear.

VOLVO

1966 Volvo P1800

1966 Volvo P1800

MISCELLANEOUS

MEV Exocet Kit Car

MEV Exocet Kit Car

MEV Exocet Kit Car. Rear.

Andrew Willis's Austin A30 customised race car with Rover V8 engine.

Andrew Willis’s Austin A30 customised race car with a Ford V8 5.0 Ltr. engine taken from a Mustang. The car will be raced in  the “Special Saloons” category. Certainly very special!

Andrew Willis's Austin A30 customised race car with Rover V8 engine. Rear.

Andrew Willis's Austin A30 customised race car with Rover V8 engine. Interior.

1930 Ford Model A Twin Engined 7.2 Ltr. Ballard Special

1930 Ford Model A Twin Engined 7.2 Ltr. Ballard Special

1930 Ford Model A Twin Engined 7.2 Ltr. Ballard Special - The engines

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica.

2018 Dax Tojeiro De-Dion Replica

2018 Dax Tojeiro De-Dion Replica

2018 Dax Tojeiro De-Dion Replica. Rear

The Historic Marathon Rally Group (HMRG) stand at the Classic Car & Restoration Show 2023

The Historic Marathon Rally Group (HMRG) stand

The "Piece de Resistance'" 'WALL- E'

The “Piece de Resistance” ‘WALL- E’

That’s all folks, I hope that you have enjoyed looking at the photos.

Nick

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