As 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, the organisers have chosen to theme Hall 8 as ‘From 1984 - The 35th Anniversary Hall’. Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 8-10 November, this part of the show is dedicated to marques, models and clubs that have appeared since 1984.
More than forty clubs are already confirmed for the Anniversary Hall, joining the other 260 that will be spread across the other six halls of the show. When it comes to the classics on display, there really is something for everyone from family models and sports car to heroes from the world of motorsport.
Amongst the Anniversary Hall highlights are some great Japanese classics. The UK S2000 Owners Club will be saluting 20 years of Honda’s terrific drop-top sports car. The 300ZX Owners Club celebrates 30 years since the launch of the Z32 300ZX and also 50 years since the arrival of the famed Z Car range.
Other clubs celebrating earlier Japanese models include the Honda S800 Sports Car Club celebrating half a century since the Honda N600 was launched onto the UK market, the Classic Z Register who plan to show iconic Datsun 240Z to celebrate its 50th and the Toyota Enthusiasts Club celebrating 40 years of the Celica 40 series second generation.
There are plenty more sporting classics to enjoy too, and Ford enthusiasts will certainly want to help mark 20 years since of the launch of the Racing Puma. And no one will want to miss the Peugeot Sport Club UK stand as the brilliant 205 GTi reaches its 35th birthday.
Rover fans also have plenty to celebrate, including 20 years since the official sales launch of the 75, while the Rover 800 Club will mark two decades since the last 800 was made. Another family classic that has reached a special milestone is the Mk2 Vauxhall Astra, the Owners Club marking 35 years since its launch.
When it comes to motorsport, the awesome MG Metro 6R4 rally car is always guaranteed to draw a crowd, and with 2019 being 35 years since its official launch both 6R4.net and Rallying History will be displaying some great examples.
A number of clubs also have anniversaries of their own and you can be sure they will be ready to celebrate in style. It is 20 years since the Maestro & Montego Owners Club was formed plus 35 years of the Montego itself. The Naylor Car Club has reached its silver jubilee, the Middlebridge Enthusiasts Scimitar Set is 30 years old, while Audi Owners Club celebrates 21 years of the Audi TT.
Event Director Lee Masters said: “With the show’s own 35th anniversary and a wealth of classic car celebrations to enjoy, Hall 8 is going to be very special. Following its successful introduction last year, it is all set to welcome plenty of enthusiastic visitors once again.”