Your guide to the 2018 NEC Classic Motor Show

The NEC Classic Motor Show will feature more than 3,000 classic cars and celebrity guests such as Vicki Butler-Henderson and Mike Brewer

NEC Classic Motor Show 2018

The NEC Classic Motor Show takes place from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November 2018 – and we’ve got the whistle-stop guide for all who want to attend.

Aside from the circa. 3,000 classic cars in the show halls, including the world’s largest gathering of classic car clubs, here are some highlights you definitely won’t want to miss…

Wheeler Dealers Discovery Live Stage

Wheeler dealers live stage NEC Classic 2018

The Wheeler Dealers Discovery Live stage should be one of the coolest attractions of the show. Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead from the TV show will be joining a host of other motoring personalities, including Jimmy DeVille of Goblin Works Garage and Paul Cowland from Salvage Hunters.

We recently visited Paul to check out a funky batch of classic Subarus currently in his possession…

Mike will be setting the Practical Classics Practical Challenge to Ant and writers from the magazine. Their task will be to assemble a fully working car from a box of bits, and fire it up before the show ends on Sunday.

Silverstone Auctions two-day sale

Jay Kay car collection auction

The Silverstone Auctions sale is bursting with curious classics of all vintages. It’s sure to be one of the coolest attractions at the NEC Classic Motor Show.

A selection of cars from Jamiroquai rocker Jay Kay’s collection will be hitting the block, along with Jenson Button’s old V10 BMW M5, a unicorn VW XL1 and hundreds more. Memorabilia, parts, clothes and other such trinkets are also up for grabs at the auction.

’70 years of Porsche’ restorations

Porsche restorations at the NEC Classic Motor Show

Porsche GB set a selection of dealers and specialists an epic challenge: to restore a classic Porsche to better-than-new condition. A smattering of 911s, Boxsters and front-engined sports cars all feature – each one painted in 918 Spyder ‘Liquid Metal’ silver. Many also have Porsche Classic retro-fit sat nav and alarm systems.

Porsche GB will have an 11,000 square-foot stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show

Hero Arrive and Drive Classic Car Experience

You can drive some of the most iconic cars in motoring history with the Hero events Arrive and Drive Classic Car experience. All you’ll need is a clean licence, to be over 25 (or under 70) and to have the confidence to get behind the wheel. You get four miles of driving around the NEC and you can either drive or be a passenger.

There are two groups – A and B. The former costs £65 to get behind the wheel, the latter £47. Both cost £32 for a passenger ride. Group A contains a 1968 Jaguar E-type, a 1990 Lancia Delta Integrale and a 1958 MGA Roadster. Group B is headed by a 1969 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato, with an MGB and Triumph TR3/TR4 also available.

The Car Years

The Car Years NEC Classic Motor Show

Vicki Butler-Henderson and Alex Riley will be on hand at the NEC Classic Motor Show to introduce their new TV show. The Car Years involves the pair picking two cars from a particular year and attempting to convince a panel of judges their car was that year’s car of the year. The first episode features a Ford Mustang and a Porsche 911 – both from 1964.

Other highlights at the NEC include the Meguiars Best of the Best showcase and the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition. It should add up to a great weekend of classic-themed fun.

Alert: NEC car parking!

Car parking arrangements at the NEC has changed this year. If you prebook, it’s £12… but if you pay on the day, this rises to £16. Be sure to book your pre-paid NEC car parking beforehand and maybe put the cash you save towards a pre-show bacon roll…

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