MORE than 5,000 visitors are expected at the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show, being held at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, on November 3-4.
Now in its 12th year, the show will include up to 150 clubs and exhibitors in four indoor arenas. These include car owners clubs and restorers offering live displays, an auction and expert restoration advice. It also includes suppliers and autojumblers offering a wealth of motoring gadgets and spares.
Event organiser Nigel Stevens says: “So many of our visitors are looking for advice, gadgets and spares in order to restore or maintain their vehicles over the winter, and that’s why the supplier and autojumble aspect of the event is growing in popularity with visitors.
“There are so many cowboys in restoration and maintenance out there, the average motorist doesn’t know who to trust any more. But with so many professionals under one roof, visitors know that they will get free and useful independent advice, together with all the parts they need, to help them steer clear of any pitfalls, regardless of their vehicle’s age, make or model.
“Being an indoor event also enables us to attract visitors whatever the weather.”
The themed club displays are a speciality of the show, and Nigel anticipates the usual high standard of entry. “Owners clubs are confirming their displays all the time, but the show already has confirmed entries for Diamond Jubilee and Olympic themes, major club or car anniversaries, and even a lorry from 1947,” he says. “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.”
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 auction house Charterhouse. Doors are open from 9.30am to 4pm on both days. Tickets are available at £8 at www.bccsl.co.uk and car parking is free. Stands and spaces are also still available. Booking forms are available at the website or by calling Josette Corbett on 01822 832011.