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Gearing up for a classic restoration show

THE great and good of the classic car and vehicle restoration world are gearing up for a major car show, which takes place at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet over on the weekend of November 5-6.

The 11th Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show & Auction will feature three halls of themed club car displays, and up to 100 exhibitors who will help visitors learn many aspects of vehicle restoration techniques.

The themed club displays are a speciality of the show, and event organiser Nigel Stevens anticipates a very high level of entry this year. “Visitors love the displays and demonstrations. They are so creative and make the show special,” he says.

“We have already confirmed a drag strip display, one with a museum theme and another that features the restoration of seemingly unrestorable projects. Other car clubs will focus on aspects of car restoration, be it engine or chassis, general overhaul or finishing touches, such as chrome work and polishing.”

The Volvo Enthusiasts Club will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the P1800, a car made famous by Roger Moore who drove one in the TV series ‘The Saint’.

The show will also feature restorers and maintenance experts giving advice and demonstrations, with stalls and autojumblers offering every imaginable motoring gadget, spare part and tool.

Nigel Stevens says that the show is ideal for those looking to for advice, gadgets and spares to restore or maintain their vehicles over the winter. “Quite simply, the show is all about helping people cut the cost of classic motoring,” he says.

“We are also bringing together a wealth of expertise in general car restoration and maintenance. With so many professionals under one roof, any motorist can get useful independent advice that should help them steer clear of any pitfalls, regardless of their vehicle’s age, make or model.”

Visitors can bring their own classic car to show off in the VIP viewing area, or buy a classic vehicle at an on-site auction, which is held on Sunday by Sherborne-based auctioneers Charterhouse. Their star lot is an immaculate 1966 Jaguar Mark II saloon. The owner has spent around £65,000 on its restoration, but it appears with a guide of £20.000 to £22,000.

Doors are open from 9.30am to 4pm on both days. Tickets are available at £8 and car parking is free. Further information and discounted tickets are available at http://www.bccsl.co.uk, or call 0117 907 1000.

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