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#151 ONLINE   flat4alfa

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:42 AM

Quite a few people have wanted to be on the SOCGB stand at the NEC over the years, but couldn't, because of that sodding Barried Estelle, which is shit, cars like Julian of this parish's Estelle, which is concours,

 

I wonder if this 'Bev' pays for the stand, or a signifcant contribution.  I recall with my involvement showing a car with Lancia Betaboys Club its wasn't a cheap venue.  Quite costly in fact.  Did get drunk every night though.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:52 AM

The venue is free. All the club needs to fund is public liability insurance. Naturally, it's nice if the club can also pay accommodation/expenses, but that's not always possible given a lot of clubs are very small.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:28 PM

I went on Sunday also, really enjoyed it. Here are some of my highlights.

 

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V8 shoe horned into this!

 

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Did anyone spot this chap? He was admiring the Princess stand. Check out what's under lock and key at the front of his scooter!

 

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:50 PM

Yes we did see birdy man. Very odd and felt sorry for the birds. He seemed to hang around the Princess's quite a lot. He was with other family too.
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 01:04 PM

Thanks for the nice comments about our Princess stand. I note the complaints about the same cars being at the show every year on some of the stands and agree it’s not ideal, but trying to get owners to display their cars at the NEC for a total of four days at their expense is a big hurdle and many owners just can’t be arsed with the hassle or expense, so it’s left up to the same old faces with their cars to put the effort in every year. Three of the four cars on our Princess stand were NEC show virgins – mine was a last minute addition as the original car that was to be displayed was involved in an unfortunate incident and the backup car also had a fail the night before the show. Mine was the only one I could get at 12 hours’ notice!

 

We mostly get complimentary comments about the Princess from the general public but, of course, we also get some very derogatory comments as well, the worst being ‘ Princess? right pieces of shit they are!’ from one knowledgeable chap.

 

We only do it because we love the cars and try to spread the love.

 

Not sure what the guy with the birds was up to... 


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 01:13 PM

The show did confirm the fact that older cars came in a wide variety of wonderful colours and some others that were interesting if not easy on the eye.

That Rover 75 in blue was gorgeous...

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 01:37 PM

Bad news. There WAS a Nova. A delicious 1.3SR.


WHAAAT I demand a re-show so I can see it...

I'll check out the vids for a look.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 02:48 PM

The two '74 Golfs were lovely. I had a red 1100N on an N plate 20 odd years ago but it doesn't seem to have survived. 

 

 

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:27 PM

Fucksakes, that earns a facepalm, what a bunch of arrogant pricks, next year they should allocate their space to a club more worthy, and blackball these fucknuggets


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 04:50 PM

Chrysler 180 in autoshite colours had micro blisters all over the back end. A minor detail on an overwise superb motor vehicle.

 

Assume the same one owned by Forum member boobydoo ?

 

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To be fair, the club doesn't have much of a pick of survivors of this model !

 

Micro-blistering is unfortunate but, to me, shouldn't the criticised in the same way as the hyper-inflated trade stand cars with average prep and finish.  They're the reason I got so angry in recent years and why I kept away this year. Maybe I over-reacted, but listening to the above, maybe not!   And my feet are nice and perky for once and not still worn-out come Monday.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:31 PM

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The Vanden Plas stand was great with nicely lit interiors.  They should have made this 1800 saloon here rather than exporting it.

 

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Look remarkably like that Rover Avocado (?) green

 

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That green is definitely of its time.  This VW colour was similarly unforgetably named: Bali Green (L62A).  I think I've got that right.

 

I remember that sliding glovebox lid on the 131 Series II so well. As a young lad, impressed by the weird unconventional, it still seemed daft.

 

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:37 PM

Too many car show attendees are obsessed with paint. 

At previous NEC Classics I saw worrying numbers of visitors standing over people's P&Js giggling and rubbing their fingers over flaws on the panels like it was the greatest offence in the world. It's really, really, really sad. 

 

At one of the last shows I took my Amazon to, I had one 'fellow enthusiast' with a Morris Minor more or less condemned it as scrap because it didn't have a concours paint job. "Well, it runs, dunnit?" Patronising arsehole. Sorry I couldn't spend all my spare income rubbing polish into every nook and cranny; I was too busy repairing and driving it. 

Bear in mind my Volvo was sound underneath, had passed the MoT with no advisories and didn't have tyreleader's cheapest boots on. 

I despise the shiny paint, shit tyres brigade - they can never keep their fucking views to themselves. It's concours or scrap as far as they're concerned. They're one of the many reasons why I stopped taking my cars to shows. People couldn't give a toss about 80s stuff, so they leave the Piazza alone. It's not a Ford, Jaguar, MG or wobbed up VW, you see. 
 


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:20 PM

Simple response: "I experience fun driving and using mine as a car, don't you?"
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:50 PM

Many thanks for all the photographs - could not make this show this year so good to see what I missed. I will be at the Restoration show in March with the UKSaabs stand, and as good as this show is, I prefer the restoration show as it has a better mix of shinies and chod. If AS is going to put together a stand (a great idea) then the restoration show would be the one to aim for in my opinion.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:16 PM

We did consider a stand at one point. I would have been happy to organise it. Then we wondered what the point is. Do we actually want to advertise ourselves to the wider world? That's kind-of the point really.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:24 PM

We did consider a stand at one point. I would have been happy to organise it. Then we wondered what the point is. Do we actually want to advertise ourselves to the wider world? That's kind-of the point really.


If we did, it could be the alternative view on Classics. Instead of stories on how much work has gone into restoration, have stories on where the cars have been and how many miles it's done in recent years?
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My history: 2003 Clio II 1.2 16v (First car), 2003 Honda Civic 3dr 1.7 CTDi (Isuzu lump), 1992 Mazda MX5 1.6, 2005 Mazda RX8 192bhp, 2005 Saab 9-3 1.9TiD 150bhp, 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi, 2004 Renault Scenic 1.6 Auto (Now Kiltox FiL), 2004 Saab 9-5 2.3t (Now Hooli), 2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:24 PM

^^I remember that now. We we worried we might get found by them* :-)

Still would be nice to have a stand with a few random cars on it that show real everyday use not super shiny or overly messed about with.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:30 AM

Did anyone see the poor Cortina on pride of ownership stand? The boot lid and bumper was all stoved in. Wonder what happened? Also one nice chap on the MG sign had someone knock a sign into it and dent the door and the sill. Nice chap he was gutted.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:40 AM

That was the Cortina Savage. When it was delivered (the owner didn't drive it there) it rolled off the back of the transporter straight into the large wheel of a parked vintage car. Apparently the winch cable snapped and there was no one in the car at the time to do any braking.

 

Didn't stop the owner polishing the shit out of it all weekend, though he didn't win anything.

 

Probably a write off!



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:28 AM

That was the Cortina Savage. When it was delivered (the owner didn't drive it there) it rolled off the back of the transporter straight into the large wheel of a parked vintage car. Apparently the winch cable snapped and there was no one in the car at the time to do any braking.

 

Didn't stop the owner polishing the shit out of it all weekend, though he didn't win anything.

 

Probably a write off!

I know, he was spraying it with detailer most of the time. Seemed pointless to me. It was really bad at the back.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:31 AM

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:52 AM

Ha! Nice pic, but the wrong show seems to have been tagged...


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:26 PM

Nice of George Lucas to comment on a wee show in Birmingham. 

There was certainly more content there than in any of his Star Wars prequels. 


What we need is more poo brown cars.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:30 PM

Ha! Nice pic, but the wrong show seems to have been tagged...


Just noticed that! Was defiantly the NEC though!

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