Already the UK’s biggest indoor classic vehicle exhibition, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, is set to be even bigger for 2018. An extra hall is to be added to the event, creating the world’s biggest gathering of classic motoring clubs at Birmingham’s NEC on November 9-11.

Around 300 classic car and classic motorbike clubs will be present, interpreting this year’s ‘Built to Last’ show theme in their own ways. The addition of Hall 8, which takes the overall show space to one million square feet (the equivalent of 18 full-size football pitches), will be called The Debutant Hall as it will host 15 clubs that have never exhibited at the event before. Clubs making a maiden appearance will include, amongst others, the Dorset Area Farina Owners, the Perana Owners Club, Club Calibra, Fordsport, the Fiat Coupé Club and RS500 Owners.

The show also welcomes back 25 clubs who missed last year’s event and ten more clubs that have not exhibited over the past two to six years. These include the Historic Marathon Rally Group, which is be celebrating 50 years since the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon, the Aero Minx Register, Zastava and Yugo Owners Club and the Piper Sports and Racing Car Club.

Acting Show Director Lee Masters said: “The classic vehicle clubs are the DNA of the show so when we got the opportunity to increase to seven halls it gave us the chance to open the doors to those smaller niche clubs that haven’t had the chance to display their marques in previous years. What we didn’t realise was this also afforded us the accolade of being the World’s biggest gathering of classic motoring clubs representing so many different manufacturers and eras.”

With around 40 additional clubs this year, the organisers are expecting the number of cars and bikes on show to top 3000, including those displayed by the 650 specialist traders and dealers also taking part. And as well as all the usual additional features, the show boasts the UK’s biggest indoor Autojumble and Classic Trader Village too. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit NEC Classic Motor Show