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'She's a beauty' to be theme of 2015 NEC classic motor show

Published 13 May 2015

This year’s NEC classic motor show will celebrate the relationship between women and cars.

The theme – ‘She’s a Beauty’ – will provide inspiration for features and club displays at the show, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on 13-15 November.

From the women who inspired classic motoring designs, to those ladies that challenged the men when it came to motorsport – the show organisers plan to showcase the women involved in the classic scene, both past and present.

Event Director Dan Nwaokolo explains, ‘The classic motoring scene is no longer a man’s world. Each year we have more and more women who are on club committees organising stand displays, young ladies enrolled on classic restoration apprenticeships, and female classic collectors joining us at the show.

Michele Mouton Behind The Wheel

              French former rally driver Michele Mouton behind the wheel

‘We will celebrate all the women involved in the classic community over the years as well as looking at why owners treat their vehicles with the same passion as they do their spouses. Most owners even give their cars female names! We will explore how a man’s passion for his classic is only dwarfed by the passion he has for the other love of his life.

‘From the women who are passionate enthusiasts to those who unknowingly inspired the designs we love, we acknowledge them all,’ said Nwaokolo.

The theme ‘She’s a Beauty’ gives the 250 exhibiting classic motoring clubs plenty of scope for interpretation, including recognising some of the famous females who made their name in motoring such as rally drivers Michele Mouton, Rosemary Smith, and the late great Pat Moss.

There are also the ladies who are involved with motoring on our screens today such as The Classic Car Show’s Jodie Kidd, Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson, and Formula One’s Suzi Perry.

Jodie Kidd Classic Car Show

           Supermodel and presenter of The Classic Car Show, Jodie Kidd

Before they were recognised for ‘getting their hands dirty’ in motoring, most women were used to bring glamour to the industry as models in the advertising or as grid girls on starting lines, another element of the theme that can inspire fantastic displays.

Richard Morley, operations director for show sponsor Lancaster Insurance, said, ‘This is an incredible theme that highlights how much of an influence women have had, and continue to have, on the classic car movement. We can’t wait to unveil our stand design, which will celebrate this in all its splendour!’

The 2015 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will be held from 13-15 November with tickets on sale from Wednesday, 13May. For more information on the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show or Classic Motorbike Show as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

 

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