The annual Classic Motor Show brought together 300 car and motorcycle clubs with over 3,000 iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes on display across seven halls at Birmingham’s NEC. As well as admiring the wide range of vehicles, visitors had the opportunity to patronise the largest indoor autojumble and source parts and tools for maintenance and restoration needs from specialist traders. Classic cars were brought from a range of dealers and entered in the Silverstone Auctions; there were talks from motoring celebrities on the Live Stage; restoration demonstrations in the theatre and much more.
The Wolseley Register stand attracted many visitors, displaying four exhibits throughout the three-day Show, and the Wolseley Register website was shortlisted for the Classic & Sports Car Awards.
The oldest exhibit was a 1919 Wolseley 16/20 C7 5-seat tourer celebrating its 100th Birthday! This car is in running order and is enjoyed by the whole family. The owner was determined to drive the car all the way to the Show – a distance of 100 miles sticking to B roads which are more suited to the vehicle. The party arrived safely and the car was displayed showing the effects of the long but remarkable drive. Visitors who especially admired the 16/20 will be pleased to know it arrived home safely in the early hours of Monday morning having been driven all the way back – a wonderful feat for the car and its drivers!. Click here to read the owner’s account of the journey here!
The second exhibit was a 1939 Wolseley New Ten Tourer celebrating its 80th Birthday. This is also a cherished family vehicle, being previously owned by the Register’s former President, Dave Allen, and now looked after by his family.
Club Members on the stand were kept busy throughout the Show, answering queries about the exhibits or other Wolseley models. A slide show of images depicting club events held in 2019 was run throughout the Show. The full range of club merchandise was available to be purchased at the Show and membership enquiries were handled.
On the club stands adjoining the Wolseley Register, a 6/80 was exhibited on the 6/80 & MO Oxford & Cowley Club stand and the Landcrab Owners Club International (LOCI) exhibits included a Wolseley 18/85 model. Two Register Members cars were also displayed on another club stand and two Crayford Wolseley Hornets were displayed on the Meguiar’s Showcase and the Boston Car Club stands.
The Wolseley Register be applying for a stand at next year’s Show which runs from 13-15 November 2020.