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Officially the UK’s fastest growing classic car event, over 21,000 enthusiasts joined us for the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, 2017, bringing together all aspects of classic motoring. From barn finds discovered after many years of storage and those project cars that have stalled in an owner’s garage, to restorations just getting back on the road and those pristine marques with gleaming brightwork and proud as punch owners.

2017's show welcomed an out of action 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow in the Barn Find display, whilst over at the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership stand a 1972 Triumph Spitfire stole the show and was crowned the crowd's favourite. Classic Car Auctions hosted their biggest ever sale featuring over 200 cars with a total of £2.4 million being made across the two-day sale, and Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead hosted the live stage which saw Practical Classics Editor, Danny Hopkins' Jensen Interceptor restored to it's former glory. 

If you need help and advice from our motoring experts and celebrities, want to buy the tools to do the job yourself or find a specialist restorer who can tackle the work on your behalf, you won't want to miss out on what 2018's show has to deliver. With cars for sale from both dealers and from Classic Car Auctions, live demonstrations, car clubs doing live restoration on their club stands plus over 1,000 cars on display, you'll want to make sure you're part of Spring's Best Classic Car show next year. With tickets now on sale, join the classic restoration movement next year from 23 - 25 March at Birmingham's NEC!

1,000 Stunning Classic Cars

Over 1,000 stunning classic cars, from barn find to conours will be on display at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, 2018. Ranging from Austins and Fords to Porsches and Ferraris and everything in-between you can expect to be taken on a trip down a classic motoring memory lane. Iconic cars you could have seen in 2017 included a rare MG Y Type, an epically restored BMW M1, a Sahara crossing Citroen 2CV, one of the last racing GXL capris and of course much more. 

The Car Clubs

Welcome to the classic vehicle clubs with their stunning restoration and classic vehicle displays.  Classic vehicle clubs remain the life blood of the classic vehicle community. It is club members that work tirelessly to ensure these fantastic marques are not forgotten and remain on our roads as long as possible, so enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy our motoring heritage.

 

Classic Car Auctions

Classic Car Auctions (CCA) hosted its debut sale at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery, 2017 in Hall 10 with not one, but a two-day weekend sale on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April. Undoubtedly its best catalogue ever, 200 cars spanning more than 76 years went under the hammer.

Carole Nash Barn Find

Hidden treasures appeared in the UK's biggest Barn Find display at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, 2017!

How do you define ‘Barn Find’? To some, it has to be a vehicle covered in four decades worth of dust but to others, it is a car that has lain dormant for many years.  The 25 cars displayed 2017's Barn Find display had been unearthed from garages, sheds, yards and even the bottom of the garden that have been rescued by passionate enthusiasts.  Some remain in the same condition as the day they went into storage while others would be better to ‘rust in peace’. 

The Practical Classics Live Stage with Discovery

The Practical Classics Live Stage with Discovery is the active heart of the show and we have an amazing line up ready for you. Our three-day rebuild in 2018 will be the most ambitious yet, as ‘team PC’  celebrate 70 years of the 2CV by reviving one of the oldest 2CVs still in existence. The car was collected from a variety of locations in North London and is now being prepared for the show. If completed it will join the Morris Minor lowlight the team built two years ago (the Morris minor also turns 70 in 2018), for a run from the Cowley factory where the Morris was built, to the Paris birthplace of the 2CV. The live stage is also home to our host of celebrity interviews, Q&As, classic car demonstrations and the Practical Classics cavalcade – it’s where things get noisy, so make sure you keep checking the website and Practical Classics Magazine for updates..