Classics reborn at NEC's Restoration and Classic Car Show

Amongst the hundreds of polished classic cars appearing at the NEC’s Restoration & Classic Car Show this weekend (28/29 March), there will also be a significant amount of work happening on project cars around the show, bringing these fantastic cars back to life.

Around 500 classic cars are expected to be on display with nearly 100 car clubs revealing their ongoing and completed restoration projects and more than 60 of the clubs working on their cars at the show. The specialist restorers are also getting involved by demonstrating their latest projects.

Joining them is Jaguar Heritage who will be celebrating 40 years of the XJS as they rejuvenate an early V12 model ‘live’ on their stand in preparation for its use at their ‘Heritage Driving Experiences’. The XJS will then join C, D and E-types, MkIIs and XK150s in a wide range of driving packages, available throughout the summer from their new Warwickshire test track.

On the stand they’ll also be showcasing the new Lightweight E-type. Built at Jaguar’s Whitley HQ and Brown’s Lane Heritage workshop, these “missing six” complete the original ambition for eighteen racing spec vehicles. Make sure you check out their timelapse video showing on the stand, which tells the story of these recreations.

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations said: “Jaguar Heritage is pleased to support the NEC Restoration and Classic Show. It’s a chance for us to showcase Jaguar’s unrivalled history and cars, our unique Heritage Driving Experiences and the spectacular specialist craftsmanship we now have at Browns Lane, brilliantly displayed in the Lightweight E-type.”

As well as live working, there will also be a trio of restoration showcases to show you the stunning end results with the grand final of the Restorer of the Year and the Pride of Restoration, all completed by enthusiasts in their garages at home, and then ‘Epic Restorations’ completed by some of the most skilled craftsman in the UK.

‘Priceless rust’ will be on display in the form of the UK’s biggest display of barn finds in the Heritage Insurance Barn Find showcase with around 25 vehicles, found in various states of repair, brought from the depths of barns around the UK to the NEC.

On the Live Stage, expect to see a raft of celebrity guests such as the Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China, For the Love of Cars’ Ant Anstead, Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend, Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell, and Red Dwarf star and classic car enthusiast Chris Barrie.

There will also be car parades, a 48-hr restoration and classic gameshows with great prizes up for grabs. Expert advice will also be on offer on the ‘Ask our Experts’ stage with buying, selling, and restoration advice.

If you’re more about driving than restoring, take a Dream Ride with the Sporting Bears - a ten-mile ride as a passenger in one of the cars from the Dream Rides Garage in exchange for a donation to charity. The car you chose will determine the size of your donation and with a mix of marques from British Sports to Italian supercars, there will be plenty to chose from.

Silverstone Auctions will also return after it’s first Restoration Sale was also a huge success with the auction house reaching it’s highest ever sale rate of 85% and over £1million worth of sales. Plus there will be more dealers offering classics to suit all depths of pockets.

As well as more classes for novices and masterclasses for those looking to enhance their skills in the Workshop, more special guests on the live stage and more seminars offering expert advice, there’ll also be more traders with marque specific retailers on offer including the UK’s biggest Spring autojumble.

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