A little debrief from the ‘Restoration and Classic Car Show’ in Birmingham

Wow that was another day well spent at one of the UK’s biggest classic car shows. Two days later we are still buzzing from the hype that was the Practical Classics ‘Restoration and Classic Car Show’ in Birmingham, not least as we got a (hopefully, more than) once in a lifetime chance of getting close to one of our biggest inspirations – no less than the Wheeler Dealers, Edd China and Mike Brewer, themselves!

Here’s a brief summary and picture diary of our most epic memories and adventures!

The car stars and the cars of the stars

IMG_4342First things first. Here it is. Our snapshot from our Mechanic London meets Wheeler Dealers photo shoot. (We love our Facebook friend’s comment: “Three legends”!) I know we look a bit star struck, but hey, rightly so!

It was an enormous pleasure to get close to even more ‘car stars’ at the celebrity panel later on, where amongst others Wheeler Dealers Edd and Mike were joined by ‘For the love of cars’ presenter Ant Anstead. Not just very educational (which is why we attend these shows and watch those programmes) and packed with tips from the real pros, but truly fun as well.

It wasn’t just the stars that got our attention though, but the cars of the stars (Simon Templar, The Saint, 007) on show were well impressive, too.

Engines and dashboards

IMG_4345As always at these shows, there are too many cars, engines, parts and tools to mention or photograph them all, so here is just a small selection of classic car goodies that caught our eyes.

The French car beauties

IMG_4341As French car lovers and having developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise over the years, we spent quite a bit of time admiring the classic Peugeots, Renaults and Citroens.



The Volvo beauties

Last but not least, one of our show highlights had to be … you guessed IMG_4354right: the Volvos! I know that with our workshop extension in progress at the same time, the restoration of our Volvo P1800 is coming along only slowly, but don’t despair as it is all work in progress! Don’t forget good things come to those who wait!


To sum up our day at the Practical Classics ‘Restoration and Classic Car Show’ in one word: epic! No! CLASSIC :)

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What a show!

The Aston Martins, Bentleys, Rolls Royces and Ferraris, Jensens, Volvos, Jaguars, and Minis, Fiats, Renaults and Citroens … we were in classic car heaven this weekend at the Classic Car Show at Alexandra Palace.

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We were not just admiring the many shiny and already restored masterpieces though. Often it’s the history – the story that goes with the vehicle – that makes it all the more interesting. Speaking of history, we loved the old BBC truck outside the palace. And seeing the AA’s fleet of historic motorcycles with the wooden sidebar boxes was just … well, classic!

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Last but not least, what really got our inspiration and creative juices going was all the super cool classic car art. Racer chairs, picture prints, paintings, books, tables … would any of these look good in our garage. Or even better, would our Volvo P1800 look good on any of the print artwork. And even better yet, could our Volvo P1800 be at next year’s show!!


Well for now she’s just come out of the body shop. To see what’s next, watch our ‘Back to the future – part 1” video of our Volvo P1800 restoration project video series.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney

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