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Drophead Rover to star at Bristol Classic Car Show

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MORE than 14,000 people are expected at the 34th Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show.

The two-day event will feature around 200 classics from 65 car clubs, along with 200 traders, an autojumble and classic auction.

The longest-running independent show of its type in the UK, it takes place at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, over the weekend of April 20-21.

One of the main show features is the classic VIP parking area, and organisers are expecting around 500 visiting classics on the Saturday. This will increase substantially on Sunday, as many clubs finish their ‘Drive It Day’ rally at the show.

The main attractions are always the club cars, and this year a very special car will take centre stage on the Rover P5 stand: the unique 1963 Panelcraft Rover 3-litre Drophead conversion.

Currently owned by John Stacey of the Rover P5 Club, the car is well-known in Rover circles. Commissioned by a Swedish civil engineer, it was made from a MkII Saloon by the London coachbuilders FLM (Panelcraft).

It disappeared for 20 years, only to resurface and be restored by a Rover enthusiast in Essex. After a further 10 years on the UK roads, it was then whisked off to Australia, but returned home last year. It will now take pride of place at this year’s show.

Event organiser Nigel Stevens says the Rover will be one of the stars of a real enthusiasts’ event in the true classic style and spirit.

“This is our biggest event of the year, so we work hard to attract the most unique and special classics from across the UK,” he says.

“It is also the longest-running and friendliest show in the calendar, and we’re going from strength to strength. We’ve already got a packed show planned and are still taking calls daily from clubs wanting to come along. We’re also looking to hold a driving autotest at the show for the first time.”

Advance tickets are from £11 and available at www.bccsl.co.uk or 0117 907 1000. Parking is free, as is entry for accompanied under-16s.

The show is sponsored by Footman James Insurance and the media sponsors are Classic Car Weekly and Practical Classics magazines. The show is also supported by Classic Motor Monthly incorporating The Autojumbler.

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