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Restoration and Classic Car Show

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This weekend sees the Restoration and Classic Car Show taking place at Birmingham's NEC, where visitors can see more than 500 vintage vehicles, including some spectacular barn finds. Those attending the show can get plenty of useful restoration advice, including live demonstrations and workshops. The 350 exhibitors feature classic car parts suppliers, restoration specialists and an eclectic autojumble.

This is the second edition of the show and this year 100 classic car clubs will man stands, there will be cars for sale and prizes given for restoration of the year.

While the gleaming concourse exhibits will draw gasps, the highlight will be a selection of barn finds, to bring out the amateur mechanic in any car fan. Among those to be presented in the condition in which they were found include a 1938 Alvis 12/70 DHC, owned by Derek Bugler. The car was found in a garage by Mr Bugler's son while looking at a Daimler Sovereign 2.8. It had stood in a garage since 1964 and is now believed to be one of fewer than 30 surviving models. Mr Bugler's son saw the opportunity for a retirement project for his father and, after the show, the pair plan to restore the vehicle, currently looking rather dusty and a non-runner, to good working condition.

There will also be a singular 1966 Corvette Stingray, owned by Paul Bridges, so unique it has been given a National Corvette Restoration Society award for originality. The car runs - to a point - but has never even seen paint and has covered 44,000 miles. The NCRS has suggested that, as the Stingray is of important historical significance, it would be best left unrestored.

A 1968 Daimler Majestic Major, which is one of the last ever made, is now owned by Chris Reed, who discovered it in a field a couple of years ago. The car sat outside for more than ten years but is intact and in surprisingly good condition. Mr Reed intends to carry out work to take the car to show standard.

A 1962 Morris Mini owned by various members of the same family will also be on display at the show. In the Eighties, its owner realised that the car would one day attain historical significance, so laid it up on his farm, having given all the seams and chrome a protective layer of grease. A bad Eighties respray means a paint job is in order, but current owner, Steve King, has already put the car back in working order and repaired the seats.

It's mouthwatering stuff for classic car fans!

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