Work in Progress
This year, the feature pays tribute to designer, Tom Karen, with a special weekend revival of arguably his most successful car design, the Reliant Scimitar. The Practical Classics team, Reliant Owner’s Club and selected specialists will attempt to take an SE6a from barn find condition to concours perfection in just three days.
The SE6a was originally partly restored and then parked up in a barn in 2012: it hasn’t moved since. Now, the time has come to see if the car can reach the next level in just three days.
You can find out if the team get anywhere near their ambition by coming to see their work in progress at the Classic World live stage.
PC Staff Car Sagas
The Practical Classics team share their car sagas with visitors at the show. This year will feature six exciting project cars plus the Restorer of the Year winner, as voted for by Practical Classics readers from the 24 cars featured in the magazine feature during 2022.
Matt’s daily driver. It’s been his go to classic for years and it is still his main form of transport. Big spec on the engine, whether he is rallying it or going to the dump – it’s part of him.
The parade wild card. A truly extraordinary coupe and pretty much unique. A slice of 1970s nostalgia with a bit of flair. It’s Ian’s latest project… when was the last time you saw one?
An opportunity to see the world’s best restored Land Rover. Extraordinary bodywork perfection achieved in a shed. We have never seen better. Photo credit Tom Critchell
This is the very last Vauxhall Frontera – made in Luton on December 27 2003. It is therefore the last passenger car made at the Luton plant after 98 years of continuous Vauxhall manufacture.
This is the car that was built on the live stage at the Classic Motor Show last November having been almost destroyed during the summer. It is now complete and perfect having been painted at HB Body.
The other end of the Land Rover Restoration spectrum. This is Matt’s dream come true. Bought for nothing Matt has restored it to use over the past two years. This is its first show. Photo credit: Matt Howell
Barn Finds Revisited
Ever wondered what happened to the vehicles you have seen on our Barn Find display? Well wonder no more! This display showcases cars previously displayed. Any restoration project is hard work but when you’re starting from a barn find… eek! The route to ‘back on the road’ is long and in most cases expensive but the results are sublime!
This year the projects you can explore are:
After appearing in 2016, John started the restoration on the 100/6 the year after. It was taken down to the bare chassis and whilst progress was slow at first, the lockdowns during the COVID pandemic ...
This was the first ever YB off the production line and before Keith rescued it, it was believed to have been scrapped. It appeared on the Barn Find display in 2016. Just a year later, the car was rest ...
Having owned this Aston since 1976, it was its appearance at the show as a barn find in 2015 that gave Dave the impetus to embark on an amazing transformation that took six years to complete. Everythi ...