THE nation’s love of car restoration is going from strength to strength, according to the organisers of the foremost restoration show in the UK.
More than 5,500 people visited the 11th Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show, held at the Bath & West Show Ground, Shepton Mallet on November 5 and 6. They were treated to a wealth of restorers and classic car clubs, who were running live displays and offering advice to restorers or those contemplating a restoration project.
There was also a successful auction of vehicles and automobilia, with top price going to a Jaguar MkII at £17,500.
For car clubs and exhibitors, the highlight of the weekend was the show awards. Best club stand Somerset Triumph Sports Six Club with their saucy interpretation of a drag strip. Runners-up were the team from the Norton Radstock Classic Vehicle Club. The Somerset Classic and Track Club took the prize for Best Demonstration, with Latifa Estates winning Best Trade Stand.
Nigel Stevens, of show organiser Bristol Classic Car Events, says plans are well underway for the 2012 season, and has released details of the first three shows, each of which to be held at the Royal Bath & West Show Ground.
Footman James Ford Show and The Great Western Autojumble (February 11-12, 2012): Now in its third year, this Autojumble will have over 100 stalls run alongside The Ford Show. There will be a special 50th birthday celebration for the Cortina, and displays from many other Ford clubs, together with related trade stands, and an auction of automobilia and classic vehicles by Charterhouse, the Sherborne-based auctioneers.
The Footman James 33rd Bristol Classic Car Show (April 21-22, 2012): The highlight of the calendar will be the UK’s longest running classic car show. Visitors can expect to see around 200 cars on display indoors, with an amazing collection of 1,000 classics each day in the special classic car park. The show will also feature traders, an autojumble and an auction of automobilia and classic vehicles by Charterhouse.
To book a stand at either of these shows, contact 0117 907 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.