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Rev your classic engines for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, which has as its theme “Heroes and Heroines”

Lancaster’s own stand has a “Best of British” focus, including the Bloodhound SSC, a 135,000bhp, jet- and rocket-propelled single-seater that should devour a mile in 3.6 seconds as it attempts to claim a new land speed record next year, alongside a 1969 Morris Mini Mk2 that will be sold in aid of Prostate Cancer UK on the Saturday.Representing other automotive achievements are the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club’s 1952 AEC Regent that travelled 12,000 miles across North America and BMW’s celebration of the marque’s 100th birthday as well as as 50 years of its ‘compact’ models, which established the Bavarian company as an international force with the launch of the 02-series in 1966.

The British Motor Museum will showcase a 1899 Wolseley, the first four-wheel vehicle created by Herbert Austin, the original pre-production Land Rover from 1948 and the Mini Cooper S in which Rauno Aaltonen won the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally.
NEC classic car show 2015 - bubble car 
The perfect antidote to a line-up of Ferraris

You could easily spend a week, as opposed to just three days, at the show, admiring Lancia Gammas or vicariously experiencing the atmosphere of a Le Carré novel on the Soviet Auto Luxury Tours stage with a Moskvich 2140.

A pair of gold Mini Knightsbridge limited edition models makes the year 2000 seem very remote, while the diminutive Honda S800s are a reminder of the time when Japanese cars were a novelty in the UK.

Naturally, there will cars to tempt any enthusiast into a state of instant overdraft, such as the chance to purchase the Bentley Mulsanne produced for the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, although the show isn’t solely about vehicles fit for royalty, because it is Europe’s largest event for clubs.

As Daniel Nwaokolo, the show’s director, puts it: “The diversity of the cars on the show is a tribute to so many forms of motoring heroism, from designers and international racing drivers to those quietly unsung club members who spend their time saving family transport of a bygone age.”

NEC classic car show 2015 - Jaguar XJ220 
Another supercar, but only because we like the colour of this Jaguar XJ220

A display featuring vehicles from The Italian Job includes a Thames 400E Dormobile, while Vauxhall Heritage will be showcasing the Viva; a HB GT was every boy racer’s favourite 48 years ago, and a 1966 HA SL90 looks as though it has strayed from a Peter and Jane book.

Joining an Auburn Speedster and an Audi Quattro in this year’s Pride of Ownership category will be a splendid Citroën Ami Super, while motorists of a certain age will feel instantly nostalgic on sighting a two-owners-from-new 1980 Mini Metro and a 1986 Rover 820SE straight from the era of hair gel and Filofaxes.

See a Triumph 2.5 PI Mk2 that took part in the 1970 London-Mexico World Cup Rally and a 1966 Lola T70 racing car to an MG Montego and the Austin Allegro, the NEC will have a classic to appeal to every visitor.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is at the NEC from November 11-13; necclassicmotorshow.com

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