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Little Classics News: 21 October 2015

Top Classics Lined up for Tenth Meguiar’s Club Showcase

Chris Penny’s modified Ford Escort

The Meguiar’s Club Showcase celebrates its tenth anniversary at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show by bringing 14 of the UK’s finest classic cars to battle it out for the auspicious winner’s title at Birmingham’s NEC from 13-15 November.

Having all won their own marque events throughout the year, chosen for their immaculate presentation and condition, the cars will be displayed as the centrepiece of Hall 1, where the overall winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon by Mike Brewer of TV’s Wheeler Dealers.

Alexander Louden’s 1939 MG TB

The cars range from Chris Penny’s modified Ford Escort (top) to Alexander Louden’s 1939 MG TB (above). Ian Kimpton is also bringing his MG Maestro but insists it’s not a concours car. “I don’t aspire to that level of perfection because it’s mostly in the mind and you’re setting yourself up for failure,” says Ian. “I’m not afraid to drive it, even though it’s very nice it’s not too good to use.”

Mark Stewart’s Austin 7 van

Mark Stewart’s Austin 7 van (above) is one of those classics that makes your heart swell because you can see the stunning attention to detail. “It’s as original a spec as I could get it, and is full of tools and parts not in case of breakdown, but as part of the period display. It used to belong to an Austin garage in Edinburgh, so it’s appropriate. It took two years to restore it. I'm glad I did it but I’m also glad it’s finished!”

Triumph TR6

Paul Griffies is only the second owner of his Triumph TR6 (above); having bought it from his uncle almost thirty years ago. “I’m happy to have won the TR Register Masterclass, but to win the Showcase would be the icing on the cake.”

Doug Blair’s Renault 5 Turbo 2

Doug Blair’s Renault 5 Turbo 2 evokes memories of Group B rally cars, while Ted Brookes’ Morris Minor Million makes everyone smile. Both are rare examples of otherwise more common classics, and turn heads not only for their condition but for their scarcity.

Pontiac GTO

Other cars included in the Club Showcase include a Mazda MX-5, Jaguar XJ 5.3C, an Australian-specification Mini Clubman S, a Pontiac GTO (above), a VW Beetle, a Ford Capri Perana and a Mercedes C180.

Visit: www.necclassicmotorshow.com



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