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NEC classic motor show 2020 postponed due to Covid 19 concerns

Published 21 September 2020

This year's NEC classic motor show has been postponed due to COVID 19 concerns. The organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, said despite pulling out all the stops to try and make the annual season finale happen there was no alternative but to cancel the November event.  

Show Director Lee Masters said, 'Having been given the greenlight by the Government for organised events to resume from October 1, we were so excited at the prospect of bringing the community back together, with all our COVID-secure measures in place to create a safe and controlled environment for all involved.

'Although the latest Government update hasn’t changed this possibility, it is currently under review and has created uncertainty for both our exhibitors and visitors. With the weeks now counting down towards our open date we still don’t have the clarity needed from the government.

'Add to this the prospect of local lockdowns still being in place and the communities’ understandable concern about what an indoor event experience will be, even with all the precautions we’re putting in place, we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s event.

'As a team, we are extremely disappointed as we have done everything within our power to try and make it happen. We want to thank all our partners, clubs, exhibitors, visitors and suppliers who have supported our endeavours to bring the show to you this year. We understand that this decision will be a disappointment to many people who eagerly await the Classic Motor Show each year and look forward to when we can get together again.'

Petrolheads who have bought tickets to the show have a number of options available including transferring their tickets to next year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show or the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in March 2021. 

All Car Clubs will be invited to submit their space requests for the 2021 edition if they wish to attend, while stand and sponsorship bookings will automatically be transferred to the 2021 dateline.

Lee adds. 'While we won’t be coming together as a motoring community this year within the halls of the NEC, to celebrate the classics we love, we will continue to share stories, memories and news across our digital platforms.

'Silverstone Auctions will also continue as scheduled with what is due to be their biggest and best sale yet.

'We also will be honouring our commitment to help the Sporting Bears Motor Club raise funds for their chosen charities and hope the community will continue to support them as you have done so generously in past years.”

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