NEC Classic Car Show – here we come!!!

Its less than 2 weeks to the biggest show of the year here in the UK, there are as we write clubs, cars, enthusiasts all polishing, preparing and getting right excited!!!

Us lot here the SOC are no exception, we have 2 fabulous cars for you to come and see over the 3 days.

First we have “Rally Stag” – that marvellous machine that lead the Trans American endurance rally for 16 days. We will have for all 3 days the 2 fantastic guys that took her across just over 5800 miles – Phil and Kieron. The guys will be giving 3 talks each day, at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 (times subject to change of course but we will post them on the stand) to give you insights into

  • Preparing our Stag for a 6,000 mile endurance rally across America
  • Navigation and rally competition on Trans America coast to coast rally
  • Trans America Rally route, highlights and challenges

Also on Sunday the guys will be joined by Mick and John from EJ Ward, the Stag specialist that helped get the car ready for her journey.

Come along to the stand and have your photo taken with the car and the guys and we will print it for you to take away as a momento.

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While your with us why not decide on a name for “Rally Stag” – we are running a competition to give her a new name – pop your entry on one of the forms on the stand, at the end of the weekend Phil and Kieron will decide on their favourite.

So whats the second car I hear you say!! Well we have another treat for you. As “Rally Stag” was prepared especially for her amazing journey we have another Stag that has been lovingly finished just the way that her owners dreamed of. When you have a Stag you have a wonderful car, adding in you own personal touch then gives your car just that little bit more!!! Here’s a sneaky peak…..

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Once you’ve done all of that there will still be time to visit Mike and Edd at the Wheeler Dealers stage, see Ant Anstead and Fuzz Townsend on the live stage, visit the hundreds of car clubs and feast on the wonderful cars and of course do a bit of shopping  – there is always something to buy for your classic!!

See you there – Hall 3 Stand 492.

I am looking forward to meeting Mart – from One Man And his Mustang – a blog that I have been following for as long as our little blog has been going. He may not have a Stag (will forgive him because he has a beautiful car!!) but I have learned quite a few things from reading his blog, and his last post let me know that his long-awaited project is almost complete and will be on show at the NEC!! I’m excited to see it!!

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Down the Pub with Fuzz

On Drive-it-Day this year I was told about a forthcoming Pub-Meet to be held at the Ten Tors Inn, Kingsteignton, Devon and hosted by non other than Fuzz Townshend of Car SOS fame. I subsequently registered my interest and received regular emails about the event, which was sponsored by Carole Nash insurance.

The evening of the event was fine and dry, so I left home in plenty of time to ensure that I got a parking space as it was sure to be a popular event and the pub car park wasn’t the largest! As it happened, mine was the second car to arrive. Already in the car park was a very rare Japanese car; a Mitsuoka Le-Seyde, the long white car visible in one of the photos. Fuzz wasted little time in walking over and introducing himself, and then spent ages poring over my Stag.

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He was particularly interested in my home-engineered ZF conversion, having converted a manual Stag to BW35 on one of their shows. Fuzz himself was an exceptionally approachable and friendly person. You hear so many tales of TV personalities who are rather pretentious, but he was extremely down-to-earth and seemed genuinely interested in all the cars that turned up. Mine was the only Stag, and there were a handful of other Triumphs among many ‘modern classics’, Rat Rods, VW vans/buses and Yanks. Devon Area Deputy Co-ordinator Sue, and hubby John, turned up in their MX5 as they were on their way home from a trip to the Big City (Exeter!).

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These Pub-Meets take place all over the country, and if you hear of one in your area, why not turn up? Not only is there Fuzz Townshend, a free raffle, a BBQ, and a great selection of cars, but the first drink is free!

Thanks to David Taylor for his article

NEC Classic Car Show – Round up

So all done for another year, and what a show it was!!! 3 days of car heaven, and slightly sore feet – legs – back, will be good to be back at work for a rest!!!

Sunday was only slightly quieter than Saturday but our stand was still buzzing with people. We ran out of “Pimp my Stag” and “Build my Stag” so sorry if you couldn’t be creative but never fear the templates will be on our Facebook page for any of you budding artists to get creative! All we ask is you take a piccie and post it back onto our page so we can show your talents to the world!!

We did see some wonderful cars at the show, it is fantastic that all the clubs and people get together to show off their pride and joy so that we can all get to take a look and for some Dream……

We took loads more pics – just nip over to our Flickr pages to see them all.

The boys from Wheeler Dealers and Practical Classics did indeed complete this years challenge again

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For us at the Stag Owners Club stand, it was fantastic to see so may familiar and new faces on the stand, we were also pleasantly surprised of the popularity of the little just for fun colouring competition that so may children took part in, there were lollies and fridge magnets on offer for completed ones!! We will be repeating the Pimp My Stag at next years Classic show and perhaps some extras too……

For me, what were the best bits…..

The cars….

Seeing so many smiling faces – crayon in hand

Seeing the boys from Wheeler Dealers again – always such a good show

Spending 3 days with great folks  – can’t wait till next year!!!

By the way the bad bits …….

Taking 40 Seconds to remove 4 spark plugs on the Carole Nash stand and not getting time to try again!!!!!

NEC Classic – Friday so far

And so we begin the 3 days of glorious cars, entertainment from the chaps at Wheeler Dealers and meeting lots of new friends on the Stag Owners Club stand.

We are in Hall 12 this year so come along and join in the fun and check out the fab 4 that we have on our stand this year.

Friday morning show is starting to fill up

Friday morning show is starting to fill up

We are encouraging the young and old to “Pimp My Stag” and “Build My Stag” on the stand (or you can take one home and post on Facebook later.)

A few have been busy already….

The chaps over on the Live Stage –  Mike Brewer, Edd China and Paul Brackley have a challenge this year to bring back to life this 1975 MGB – Good luck boys!!

Wheeler Dealer Challenge

Wheeler Dealer Challenge

And for a bit of a challenge for the rest of us – pop along to the Carole Nash stand and see how long it takes you to remove 4 spark plugs (it took me 40 seconds – must try harder next time!!!) but did get to say Hi to Fuzz Townsend and get my sash signed – Thanks Fuzz!!!

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An Evening with Fuzz Townshend

Classic car owners in general were given a real treat last evening (18th July) in the picturesque village of Hallaton in Leicestershire.

A few of us from that area decided to go along, some after a lovely day out around Rutland water, others later after they finished their lovely days in the office/workshop etc.

The event was a general get together of classics of all shapes, sizes and ages to enjoy some excellent food and drinks and meet, greet and otherwise grill the front man from Car SOS – Fuzz Townshend. The whole event was put on by Carole Nash so a special thank you to them for a really good do!

All lined up in the sun

All lined up in the sun

The Stags managed to get to park up together (cos they do look very classy when all lined up) in the first car park, that soon filled up and the remaining cars ranging from vintage Austin’s, MG’s, E-type, Mercedes, Aston Martin to a very nice Ford Cortina, filled the remaining spaces and then overflowed onto the fields adjoining.

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After the obligatory greetings and general chat it was time to get down the the serious part of the evening – the food!!! Well not quite the cars and having a chat with Fuzz was of course the highlight but have to say the grub was a bit special. We did sit close so got in quickly, well hard day at the office and some of us were starving!

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Lesley and I chatting to Fuzz

After a quick intro Fuzz spoke to the throng and then gave his whole evening over to mingling with the crowd; listening to our projects, problems, highlights of our classic ownership  and giving advice, help and most of all enthusiasm to all. I had gone up to talk to him and joined in with a young lad of 12 who was discussing his dream car and how he had only 5 years to go before he could start to drive. For us Stag owners it was that extra special to meet one of the crew from the show that got one Stag owners beloved car back on the road. Fuzz and his team took a Stag and converted it from manual to auto so the owner could again enjoy his car, the program was wonderful and showed that what is important is that the owner can enjoy his car and it doesn’t have to be perfect in every way (still not sure about that bonnet though!!)

All in all the evening was enjoyed by all, lots of stories shared and not all about cars, I for one was hugely jealous of a fellow Stag owner who’s partner had treated her to a Bon Jovi concert in Hyde Park where she was luck enough to be very close and admire the very yummy Jon!!! (yes now thats a complete give away of the writer !!) But I also got to chat in large quantities of my favourite thing, old cars and how one day I will have a 4 post lift or similar in my garage and lots of tools 🙂

Till next time……

See more of the pictures on our Flickr album