Whether you are a classic motoring fan, classic film buff or simply a lover of all things retro, this year’s Footman James Classic Motor Show is sure to be one to remember. With so many stunning classics, all with a great story to tell and all under one roof at the NEC − it’s a classic fan’s paradise.
To tie in with this year’s theme ‘What’s the story?’ title sponsors Footman James’ stand will feature two stars from the screen; Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Supervan from The Only Fools and Horses series and, in honour of Bond’s 50th anniversary, the Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day is also expected to draw the crowds. Stand visitors, who obtain a quote during the three day show, which runs from 16-18 November,will also have the last opportunity to enter the annual competition to win a luxury weekend for two and tickets to Beaulieu National Motor Museum which includes the world exclusive Bond in Motion exhibition.
Another great story from the screen is the tale of the mammoth restoration of the original Roger Moore Saint Car – the Volvo 71 DXC. Purchased by Volvo Enthusiasts’ Club founder Kevin Price back in 1997 the car commenced its restoration in 2007 and now, some five years later, thanks to sponsorship from Footman James, is to be unveiled at this year’s show.
Classic Film Festival
New for this year, is the Vintage Mobile Cinema which will screen some of the best classic motoring films of all time, as voted for by fans in a Classic Film Festival poll in the run up to this year’s Show. So, if you fancy a brief moment of calm, pop along to the Vintage Mobile Cinema and catch up with your favourite classic car or bike movie in true vintage style.
Big game show fun
The 45,000 visitors expected at this year’s show can also take part in an exciting daily game show, The Generation Challenge, sponsored by Footman James, will take place on the Live Stage. Wheeler Dealer host Mike Brewer will guide participants as they battle through a range of motoring challenges to get to the grand final when they will test their memory on the conveyor belt challenge to win a range of prizes including a luxury hamper and a ride in their dream classic.
Andy Fairchild, managing director of Footman James, said: “We have sponsored the Classic Motor Show for 18 years now, this being our third year as title sponsor, and from day one, we have been immensely proud to support the flagship event of the classic vehicle movement.
“In addition to our feature stand at the motor show you can also see us on our stand at the Footman James Classic Motorbike Show. Once again we will be sharing the stand with our club partners, The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, which will feature a number of show-stopping classics and the chance to win your very own 1973 Laverda SF1 750cc motorcycle − worth over £6000!”
A ticket to ride
A ticket to the Show gets you a ticket to ride, well almost! Not only can you meet the Footman James team on the Footman James car and bike stands, but also on the shiny red Footman James Routemaster bus, sadly it will be stationary, but a sight to be seen nonetheless. Throughout the show, visitors can talk to fellow enthusiasts about the insurance options on offer, as well as obtaining on the spot quotations.