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Anniversaries galore at NEC classic motor show

Published 25 July 2019

A host of classic anniversaries will be celebrated at this year's NEC classic motor show. The show, which takes place in November, will also marking its own special date - 35 years since the first classic motor show.

Organisers have already themed Hall 8 as ‘From 1984 - The 35th Anniversary Hall’. Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 8-10 November, this part of the show is dedicated to marques, models and clubs that have appeared since 1984.

More than 40 clubs are already confirmed for the Anniversary Hall, joining the other 260 that will be spread across the other six halls of the show. Amongst the Anniversary Hall highlights are some a raft Japanese classics.

The UK S2000 Owners Club will be saluting 20 years of Honda’s terrific drop-top sports car. The 300ZX Owners' Club celebrates 30 years since the launch of the Z32 300ZX and also 50 years since the arrival of the Z-car range.

Other clubs celebrating earlier Japanese models include the Honda S800 Sports Car Club, which is marking half a century since the Honda N600 was launched onto the UK market, the Classic Z Register which plans to show a Datsun 240Z to celebrate its 50th and the Toyota Enthusiasts' Club celebrating 40 years of the Celica 40 series second generation.

Ford enthusiasts hope to mark 20 years since of the launch of the Racing Puma. And the Peugeot Sport Club UK stand celebrating the 205 GTi's 35th birthday will be a must-see.

Rover fans are celebrating, including 20 years since the official sales launch of the 75, while the Rover 800 Club is marking two decades since the last 800 was made. Another family classic that has reached a special milestone is the Mk2 Vauxhall Astra, with the Owners' Club for the model marking 35 years since its launch.

When it comes to motorsport, the MG Metro 6R4 rally car is always guaranteed to draw a crowd, and with 2019 being 35 years since its official launch both 6R4.net and Rallying History will be displaying some great examples.

A number of clubs also have anniversaries of their own and you can be sure they will be ready to celebrate in style. It is 20 years since the Maestro & Montego Owners' Club was formed plus 35 years of the Montego itself. The Naylor Car Club has reached its silver jubilee, the Middlebridge Enthusiasts' Scimitar Set is 30 years old, while Audi Owners' Club celebrates 21 years of the Audi TT.

Event Director Lee Masters said, 'With the show’s own 35th anniversary and a wealth of classic car celebrations to enjoy, Hall 8 is going to be very special. Following its successful introduction last year, it is all set to welcome plenty of enthusiastic visitors once again.'

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. For more information including a full list of the attending clubs, ticket options and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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