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Just in from Alison @ the NEC. . .

The show will no longer take place in June 2021

Important Information regarding the live show

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that, as a consequence of the ongoing impact of Covid-19, Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, will not run on 11-13 June 2021 as originally planned. The next edition of the show will now take place 18-20 March 2022.

We understand this will be a big disappointment to you, as it is to us. We have all been very much looking forward to getting back to some form of normality and ‘business as usual’.

We are truly sorry that we have had to make this extremely difficult decision and thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support in these ever changing times.

However, we will not be letting the occasion go unmarked and are planning an Online Edition, during our usual March timeline. We hope you can join us on Saturday 27 March 2021 for a day celebrating all the great things about the show, and this fantastic community.

See below for more information on the weekend’s agenda and how you can get involved.

Classic Car Auctions is hosting its Spring Live Online sale on Friday 26 March, with the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Online Sale taking place the following days. The Practical Classics Classic Cars & Restoration Show Auction will take place on 11-13 June 2021.

We have confidence that come the autumn life, will have returned to a more normal rhythm and we are planning the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery as usual. This will run from 12 – 14 November and we look forward to celebrating all things motoring with you then.
Read the Press Release

Information for Ticket Holders

If you are a ticket holder who bought tickets for, or were transferred to, Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show tickets in June, you have a number of options available to you.

Firstly, you have the choice of simply transferring your tickets to the 2022 edition of the show, scheduled 18-20 March 2022.

All tickets will be automatically transferred over to Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show 2022, so if you simply wish to join us then, you don’t need to do anything.*

Secondly, you can choose to transfer your ticket to one of our sister shows:
•   Classic Motor Show, 12-14 November 2021 - visit the website for more information
•   Race Retro, 18-20 February 2022 - visit the website for more information
If you wish to attend one of these events please complete the transfer request form. You will need your ticket booking reference to do this. If you do not have this to hand please look out for a new email from SEE Tickets, who will be contacting all ticket holders shortly with this information.

Finally, if none of these are suitable, please use the SEE Tickets Customer Service Portal to contact the team regarding other alternatives.

*For those of you holding your tickets over to Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show 2022 we will still be honouring our thank you offer, of an extra adult day ticket, for your continued support of the show. Details of how to redeem this additional ticket will be sent out in the three months prior to the next edition.

Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: Wheel suppliers
« on: March 02, 2021, 02:43:22 PM »
Just a reminder.... It`s either this year or next at the latest that the MOT check will fail your buggy that has tyres fitted 10 years or older regardless of tread depth or overall visual condition. (I know a few folks , buggy and other home builds with old NOS tyres fitted).

That's only for the fronts of HGVs and PSVs plus mini bus tyres, from last month. It doesn't apply to cars.

 :o  That was my understanding too  ???

Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: A simple question...
« on: March 02, 2021, 12:28:11 PM »
Canbus?  ;D

Roadrunner has gone way beyond that and his ignition is controlled via the Bluetooth app on his phone !!    :-)Geek

I just don't get why people over complicate a simple vehicle.

I do agree with you  ;-)up

There is a lot to be said for keeping it simple, and if you can find good quality genuine and serviceable parts, then you can certainly end up with a very reliable vehicle as a result

Beach Buggy Electrical Help / Re: A simple question...
« on: March 02, 2021, 11:02:57 AM »
They just used decent wire, decent quality switches and  . . . . .

I think you may have answered your own question there  ;)

Its also a case of "good practice" too with many following the more modern guidelines when building. Sure, you may not need a relay for a headlight like you did in the olden days, but then the contacts inside the modern switches are built with a lifespan in mind rather than the brass contacts in the older stuff.

So how do you turn on your own headlights? Have you progressed to safety matches yet, or still using wood and hot embers?   :P

Beach Buggy Rolling Chassis Help / Re: Wheel suppliers
« on: March 01, 2021, 05:39:06 PM »
Which ones on the Calendar have caught your eye?   :-\

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Has my buggy been cloned?
« on: February 28, 2021, 10:47:39 PM »
Prior to lockdown, if you could get a nominated caseworker on board, it was certainly possible (but not easy) to track them down and chat with them by phone - however, with most of them working from home now, I`m not sure how possible this is at the moment

Its only 40 minutes from the campsite with a route that looks like mostly left turns.

Left turns is always good for keeping everyone together on a cruise   ;-)up

Website says opening this summer so maybe we'll be a bit early this year but definitely worth considering for 22

Definitely worth giving them a shout then as they may well open up early for a group of us - providing of course that they are allowed to   :-\

The "Great British Car Joirney" museum is nearby and was due to open last spring/summer. With any luck they'll get the doors open this year.

Don`t know that one ?  Sounds like a good place for a venture out to though - Some of these little car museums can hide some real gems   ;-)up

Worth giving them a heads up though, as I have often found that places like this will welcome a club with open arms, and put aside a small area for parking so that they can also take a few photos themselves for marketing purposes, and in return, they usually give a guided tour

Its a tough one as I am also very mindful of living smack in the middle of a tourist hotspot, and what happened last year during the holidays. The locals down here have also been locked up and would also like to go out cautiously into their own streets and shops, but the minute that dates are announced then everybody feels they must go on holiday, they need their holiday, and they have little or no respect for anyone else in the area they are traveling to. Last year saw a huge number of deaths in Torbay and a truly significant percentage of our population were wiped out by tourists bringing the virus with them. We cannot stay locked up forever, I get that, but the minute we are allowed out, I would first like to be able to go to my local shops to buy a pint of milk in safety, without having to clamber across the selfish non mask wearing tourists to get it. I have recently witnessed a few small groups of bikers traveling down to the seafront here, and whilst they would usually be met with open arms, the locals are now downright hostile towards any visitors and I would hate for that attitude to be shown towards our Buggies wherever we may end up. I am hearing the same from other tourist destinations across the country too. People are still scared, the majority of the denial covidiots out there are in an age group that will be the last to be vaccinated and we need to be a bit mindful and respectful of this when coming out to play. The tourism venues desperately need visitors and revenues to survive, but the people living in those areas also need a bit of time to adjust to being outside again before being swamped with outsiders, yet nobody seems to be prepared to give or allow them this time.

Cautious and realistic is a brilliant way to do things, but that does not mean everybody must party or go on holiday within the first few days.

I too cannot wait to meet up with everyone, it has been a very long time and I really do hope that the vaccine is the game changer we all hope it to be, but I also want the locals to be smiling and waving at us like they always did and not snarling with their burning pitchforks as we go past.

I`m really interested and desperately want to come out and play   >:(

However, I`m not putting my name down to anything just yet as it simply feels too premature considering we are still currently in a national lockdown   :'(

Buggy is still dead too  :'(

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 01:41:10 PM »
Still with convertible on they are not a 100% ok as the vin would need to be type 15

Not if DVLA or a previous local authority licensing body changed the description from 'saloon' or whatever to 'convertible', it'd retain its original chassis number.

Correct  ;-)up ;-)up

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 11:51:31 AM »
.......Still with convertible on they are not a 100% ok as the vin would need to be type 15

No, that is not correct

and the Dvla would know when convertible was added.. ...

Again, not strictly correct, which were some of the reasons behind the INF26 vehicle amnesty

I was talking to a 4x4 guy that was in a big crash and someone past away... why doing a road rally in 2018 he had beedlock wheels on the 4x4 it had an mot and a full logbook of work he had been pulled by the police and not a thing ...The landy was re mot by vosa. He end up with No insurance why as beedlooks are not Dot or E marked so making them not for UK road use as so no UK insurance can cover them...

Doesn't really apply here as you are referring to vehicle modifications that are outside of the constructions and useage legislation.But, it is a worthy reminder to all of us self building cars that rules and compliance must be strictly adhered to.

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 10:17:05 AM »
i guess even if i was by some miracle able to get the body type changed to convertible, it could still be pulled as it never had a sva  :-\

Not necessarily . . . . .

If the body type was changed to Convertible (or for that matter anything else) then it means that DVLA are content with what you have as a description at the time of application


Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: saloon on log book
« on: February 22, 2021, 09:37:24 AM »
To be honest as long as the V5C doesn't actually say Beetle then you're very unlikely to have any trouble with the authorities, and I'm guessing that out of all the swb buggies built in the last 20 years including pro builds by Flatlands etc, only a handful if that have been IVA tested. That doesn't make it right though, but if you're set on the buggy then an incorrect V5C description would be a great bargaining tool to get the price down.

Another thing, are you sure that it was newly built 14 years ago and not an earlier buggy build that's been rebuilt/rebodied? I'd certainly drive it with a clearer conscience if that was the case.

MOT description means nothing as they (DVSA) have a different data base to DVLA and often just show the vehicle description put in by the last tester.

And if it did say BEETLE as well, then stick a Beetle badge on the back


Beach Buggy Body and Chassis Help / Re: Brakes and steering
« on: February 21, 2021, 12:18:06 PM »
By sketchy do you mean loose, tight, no self centre, bump steer? :-\

And if you have ALL of those . . . . I think you may be driving mine  ;D

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