The Masonic Classic Vehicle Club will showcase an array of very different machines that played a major part in British motor heritage at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held 11th – 13th November at the NEC, Birmingham.
The oldest member of the club’s display is an 1880 ‘Penny Farthing’ as designed by James Starley and manufactured by the Coventry Machinist Company. It was known when new as the ‘Ordinary’ bicycle, and the club’s example has recently undergone a complete restoration by the Lakeland Motor Museum.
Occupying rather more space is a 1952 AEC Regent 111 double-decker, a prime example of one of the country’s best-remembered forms of public transport and one of the capital’s most famous buses. 64 years ago ‘RT 2775’ was one of a three-strong fleet that represented London Transport on a promotional tour of the USA and Canada, travelling over 12,000 miles across North American until their journey reached the fitting conclusion of London, Ontario. The AECs performed faultlessly and on returning to the UK, this Regent was in service until as recently as 1977.
The club will also display a 1928 Sunbeam motorcycle, a magnificent 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Tickford Silver Jubilee Cabriolet with coachwork by Salmons & Sons that was built to celebrate the King George V’s Silver Jubilee and a ’D’ Type Jaguar, one of the most sought-after cars of the 1950s.
During the show, the club will also launch of the Classic 300 series of vehicle runs, which will be taking place throughout England & Wales in 2017 as part of the commemoration of 300 years of Freemasonry.
The Masonic Classic Vehicle Club is delighted to be a part of this year’s Lancaster Classic Insurance Motor Show and looks forward to welcoming enthusiasts of all types of historic vehicle to their stand in Hall 3.