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Lancaster Classic Motor Show
2017 - NEC Birmingham
Build up day started with me and Richard Watt meeting Alan Well with his Opel Manta
GT/E Exclusive at the Services on the M40 at 6.30am. We then headed off up the M40
to meet everyone at the Stonbridge Island Meeting Point. When we arrived Phil
Sciaffe had already arrived with his Cavalier Mk2 1.6 GL Hatch, then Peter and David
Norrish with their Vauxhall Chevette 1.3 L Saloon and the Fred Coomb with his
Chevette 2.3 HS.
After sorting out the paperwork we headed for the NEC for our 10am entrance time.
Setup day went the smoothest it ever had. Vauxhall had once again kindly provided
us and all the other Vauxhall/Opel Clubs with Red Carpet.
Once setup Fred headed for his Hotel as did Peter and David. Phil, myself and Richard
headed for our Hotel which was on site where were Beth Watt was meeting us,
however we dropped Alan off at his Hotel as it was nearly on the Run way of the
Airport!!! After sorting out our rooms we then headed of for a mean using my Vectra
B GSi 2.6 MSD as transport (The GSi is not your usual every day Vectra B).
Day 1 started and seemed much busier than usual. The press is allowed in 1hr before
the Public on press day so they can get the pictures they require. We had a steady
flow of people calling at out stand along with current and new club members as well
as a couple of people signing up as well. Jason a friend of Fred’s joined us on the
Friday and also the Saturday.
We had a slight panic on Wednesday nigh as we were invited for the 2017 Classic and
Sports Car Awards in the Metropole Hilton Hotel which was on the Friday night so I had
to text everyone to advise and let them know about bringing some smart clothes. The
awards were presented by Ant Antstead from Wheeler Dealer. We didn’t win in either
of the two categories which were Richard Watt Club Personality of the year and Bryan
Wilcox’s White Griffin Run 2017 as best Charity event BUT both were given honourable
mentions by Simon Taylor (Motoring Journalist) who was also presenting.
Day 2 arrived and Richard departed to head home (he was back on Sunday) Simon
Down’s joined us on the stand today. Saturday was even busier than Friday. Fred
meet on Saturday a fair number of people that had owned Chevette HS’s. Lots of
people also commented to us that the Chevette in standard form was there first car. I
spoke to a couple of people from the press and a few features on Club vehicles may
be coming up shortly. The day finished and we headed of for a mean the local
Day 3 arrived and Richard was back with us, Sunday is more of a family day at the
show as you tell by the number of family’s visiting the event. Andy Ingham from our
clothing manufacture visited the stand on Sunday along with his son. As did Bryan’s
friend Bob from Coventry. Just near the end of the show Richard, Phil and I had a trip
out in a Ford Capri 280 Brooklands from Dream ride’s (I know it’s a Ford but there was
no Vauxhall’s or Opel’s in the dream rides, this will hopefully change next year!).
The show ended and after the obligatory sounding of the car horns we packed up the
stand and made out way out of the halls and off home after another successfully NEC.
Many thanks to Fred Coomb, Phil Scaiffe, Alan Wells and Peter and David Norrish for
providing car’s. Also thanks to Simon Downs, Richard and Beth Watt and Fred’s mate
Jason for helping on the stand.
Club friends or members visiting on the Day. Darrell Keen, Jeremy Lettington, Jim
and Janet Pocklington, Dave Boon, John Knight, Andy Ingham, Simon Stretch, Ian
Kimpton, Byran’s friend Bob from Coventry. Also thanks for Denis Chick, Simon
Hucknall, Andy Body and Terry from Vauxhall Heritage for supplying the Carpet and
visiting the stand. Apologies if I have missed any one out.
Kevin Bricknall (602)