The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is promising something for everyone when it hosts its biggest and most diverse display yet at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, which will be held at Birmingham’s NEC on November 9-11.
The stand will include everything from commercials to sports cars and even Lego models. The bigger attractions – literally – will be a restored Scout Carrier Mk 1L and a 1931 AEC Regent double-decker bus. With its four guns, the former is guaranteed to attract plenty of attention. Of the 963 Scout Carriers made, this one is the only known survivor and still sports a bullet hole sustained during enemy action. It was discovered by a military vehicle collector in 2006, and was later sold to its present owner who undertook a detailed restoration. The Regent, meanwhile, was first delivered to the City of Birmingham Corporation. It now belongs to the Transport Museum, Wythall, and is nearing the end of a lengthy restoration.
When it comes to working vehicles, traction engines always draw a crowd, but the one that will appear on the FBHVC stand is a little different. Made entirely from Lego, it is the work of John Cramp who named his creation ‘The Old Workhorse’. It’s part of the Lego Ideas initiative that encourages enthusiasts to submit designs, with any model that receives 10,000 votes considered for production.
Commercial vehicle admirers will also be drawn to a 1968 Bedford CA van belonging to the Vauxhall Heritage Collection. The one-piece windscreen and larger radiator grille identifies this example as one built towards the end of a 250,000-strong production run, and it is painted in the same livery as vans used at the Vauxhall plant during the early ’60s.
Of course, classic cars haven’t been forgotten, and the BMW Z1 chosen is sure to prove popular. The model was launched in 1988 – the same year that the FBHVC was formed – and the example on display belongs to proud owner, Jeff Hewison, who purchased the car in July 2006.
The FBHVC stand can be found in Hall 5 next to the Discovery Live Stage. For the latest news, schedules, more information, ticket prices and booking details, visit the NEC Classic Motorshow