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Extending Your Classic Car Season


If you’re starting to think of putting your classic away for the winter, you might want to think again.

Of course, the summer is the big time for classic car shows, runs and autojumbles. But there’s plenty going on to keep you occupied throughout the autumn and winter. 
 
Whether it’s somewhere to show off your classic, somewhere to get new parts or somewhere to buy that car you’ve always wanted, here we have a few suggestions.
 
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Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
 
One of the biggest classic motoring shows takes place between November 11 and November 13 at the NEC in Birmingham. This show is a bit of a mecca for all things classic cars and motorcycles. In all, more than 2,000 classics will be on display from a host of motoring clubs from across the UK.
 
 
There will be competitions such as pride of ownership and even the chance to buy your next classic car or bike in the auction room.
TV personalities Mike Brewer and Edd China will host the Wheeler Dealers Live Stage, with celebrity guests, car parades and game show.
There will also be a Restoration Theatre, with advice and demonstrations for those restoring their classic.
 
And more than 600 trade stands will mean that there will be no problem getting hold of that elusive spare part to get the job done.
 
 
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
 
They don’t come any older than the cars that take part in this one, the world’s longest-running motoring celebration. The legendary event takes place on November 6, leaving Hyde Park in the capital at 7am for the somewhat leisurely run to the seaside in Brighton.
 
 
Some cars date back to the late 1800s – with none newer than 1905 – and around 500 will be involved in what is sure to be a spectacular event. The run always takes place on the first Sunday of November to commemorate the Emancipation Run of November 14, 1896, which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act.
 
The act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4mph to a heady 14mph and abolished the need for vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot.
 
 
Brooklands Autumn Classic Breakfast
 
This event, on October 30, takes place at the birthplace of British motorsport, Brooklands. It’s the last one of the year and is a chance to meet up with vintage and classic vehicle fans, enjoy breakfast and admire the classic cars and bikes on show. 
 
 
There’s a Motoring Village open from 9am, with the museum itself open from 10am. If the weather’s good then the Test Hill will be open to cars wanting to have a go.
 
A host of classic cars will be on show, from Morgans to Ferraris and Aston Martins and everything in between.
 
 
Carole Nash Restoration Show
 
If you’re planning to spend the winter bringing your classic back to its former glory, this is the show for you. It takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on October 23 and is the biggest event of its kind in the UK. 
 
 
It claims to feature Britain’s largest autojumble, with traders and stalls inside an out. There will be a host of motoring clubs in attendance, so those looking for advice or inspiration can visit them and their displays of projects that members are working on.
 
And there will be cars from across the years to get up close to.
 
 
Goodwood Breakfasts – Hot Hatch Sunday
 
For owners or fans of more modern classics, this is the event to be at. The motoring mecca that is Goodwood will host one of its breakfast events on November 6.
 
 
This particular gathering is branded Hot Hatch Sunday and will see a hoard of cult boy racer steeds on show, from the Peugeot 205 GTi to the VW Golf GTi, Ford Escort Cosworth and Renault Clio V6.
 
There will be plenty of others on show too, so there’s sure to be something for every taste.
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