NWCC Annual Show 2020 (Virtual)
Due to Covid 19 this years annual show has been cancelled as a result we have decided to do something different and go for a virtual show.
To make this different we would like to see your classic cars and a bit of the back story, if you have one. Most of you will have seen car SOS where cars are rebuilt for deserving owners, whilst we all can’t have our cars build no doubt some have a story. Was it your great Aunt Mauds car, Was it your first car ext. Why not tell us your story or if you don’t have one something else about your car, how you found it in a field, recused from a pond or just what you have done to it.
We look forward to reading your entries you can also include up to 5 photos (max 4000 pics) of your car.
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NWCC Virtual Car Show
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- Debut Show VirginI acquired this car as an abandoned project in February 2018. As you can see from the photos everything needed sorting out I.e. bodywork, inboard brake conversion, wiring all electrics etc. Long story short, car passed its MOT in October 2019 and I’ve been buzzing around in it since then (Dealing with technology, will try to find a “before” shot to add assuming my entry is accepted)
- Baz TMy spitfire and camper done up for VE Day
- Nissan 100 n x mp
Nissan 100nx 1992
Less than 80 cars on the register with very few like mine being an automatic.
Apart from the new wheels the car is as it came off the production line. I always regretted selling my last one, l like the T-bar roof so when I saw this for sake I couldn’t resist.
One previous lady owner from new + was only selling it as she was 82 years old + couldn’t get in + out of it after breaking her hip! Only 35000 on the clock when I bought it in 2017 + still under 40000 now.
Just about fits one large German Shepard in the back!
Many thanks to Alan for the upkeep on our cars, he’s a gem, xxx
Marlin Roadster Mk1.
Built in 1980 using engine, gearbox, brakes, suspension etc from a 1967 Triumph Vitesse M1 convertible.
Possible the 4th off the production line but can’t be confirmed as the makers didn’t record the event.
LMO was gifted to us sept 2000 in a sorry state.It was stored under a plastic sheet for a few years. (Took 6 months for the seats to drip dry!) We trailered it home + Alan has spent many many hours in it over the years. Body + chassis repainted, a full re-wire, new brakes lines, new dash board- which now looks jaded so a new one is being fitted soon.
- PeaPea was bought on 31/7/11 and wasn’t really touched untill 2011. Work started and I soon was spending more time in the garage than in the house. As you can see , its now finished and my wife and I are enjoying ourselves attending car shows and the monthly club nights.
- Chevy Corvair
- Chevy designed the Corvair during the 1950’s and released the early models November 1959. 5 years later they released the late model in November 1964. These were known as 65/69 models. This car was registered 1st January 1965, making it a very early 1965 model. The Danube blue was a carry over from the 60/64 models and was only a one year colour on 65/69 models. The Corsa was only a two year model, making this car a rare one. Built at the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada, it was one of only 360 made that year as a convertible. Undergoing a full restoration 15 years ago in Canada, it was sold and imported to Glendale, California, where the present owner bought and imported it into United Kingdom in 2020. Corvair was, and still is, the only mass produced air cooled, rear mounted, aluminium, flat 6, horizontally opposed engine ever made in America.
- WalterI was first registered on 30 March 1978 and started my life in Bournemouth. I’ve had 5 owners in my lifetime. My new owners have called me WALTER and I joined their family in April 2016 from Thornton, Cleveleys. I am presently under cover having some beauty treatment but should be with you again soon…..
- PoppyI started life in 1957 in Cowley and travelled the country spending a lot of my time in the North East – in Cramlington, Middlesbrough and in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1996, I was bought by a Dutch owner and I emigrated to Amsterdam, Netherlands and was given the registration – DM-28-63. I spent the next 10 years travelling the Netherlands under this Dutch registration. My new owners visited the UK often and so it was no surprise to me when they decided to move to the UK. In 2007, my Dutch owners moved to Leominster, Herefordshire and I came with them and I was re-registered with my original number plate. Now here I am in the North-West with my latest owner who has started my latest renovations so I am having a little rest…..
- HettieMy new owners bought me, “Hettie”, in 2018 from my previous owners and restorers, Steve & Cath Cropper, who bought me in March 1997 as a complete wreck and made me what you see today. The lower part of me was totally rotten, and Steve used his 1968 Herald saloon’s much better chassis, bulkhead and lower panels to donate to my rebuild. Great care was taken to preserve the chassis plate and tags from me, the convertible, and all my correct panels and features, such as anti-burst door catches, header rail and hood catches etc. In every respect, apart from gas welding, I am totally correct to factory spec, apart from modifications to my drivetrain and interior which makes me easier to cope with modern traffic. I have a reconditioned “German Specification” Triumph 1493cc Spitfire engine and a reconditioned single-rail Spitfire 1500 gearbox and J-type overdrive.
- MorganI have always loved the Morgan cars and finally got to own one when my hubby bought me the Supersports Anniversary Edition in 2012 for our 25th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday.
- DorisMy 1938 Morris Eight 4 seat tourer.
- LucyMy 1934 Austin 7 Saloon.
- MatildaMy 1926 Morris Cowley “Flatfront” 5 seat colonial tourer.One of the first flatfronts off the production line after the re-design from the Bullnose.Exported to NSW Australia as a chassis and drive train where a bespoke body was built by Holdens of NSW later to become part of the General Motors group.
- A modern classicWhen i saw the 30th anniversary model I knew ghen I had to have one. They made 3000 world wide and mine is 678. They are all orange with lots of nice bits on, recaro seats in leather and alcantara with orange piping. Forged custom alloys with brembo orange callipers. All in all lots of nice detailing bits to make it rather special and a keeper
- Daily DriverThis is my everyday car (which I also attend some shows with), though since retiring I’m not out in it very often. In 2015 I was looking for a 240 estate to replace the one I had a few years previously. Another Volvo was decided on because it could be run as a daily driver and also shown at classic car shows. I had actually seen another one on a classic car sales web site but, after numerous attempts to contact the seller, I eventually gave up and looked elsewhere. This car was on Ebay and the seller had put on lots of photos and a long description. He lived in Retford and, after arranging an appointment to view, I took the train there. The seller met me at the station and took me to his house where the car was and, after a good look round, I agreed to the sale. While going through the sale process, the seller told me the history of the car. It is originally from the Bournemouth area and was owned by one family from 1991 until 2014 when it was purchased by a collector. He kept it for one year but had to sell it when he lost his garage/storage. The next owner, in Retford, bought it on a whim in July 2015 but unfortunately his wife didn’t approve and she gave him an ultimatum. As he really didn’t want to move out of the family home, he put it up for sale in September 2015, when I purchased it.
- Jan’s FIATThis is my wife’s FIAT Spider I bought it for her birthday. She doesn’t drive so I told her it came with a chauffeur (me). The Spider was only sold in the UK for a couple of years and is based on the MAZDA MX5 but clothed in FIAT styled bodywork and fitted with a FIAT 1.4 turbo petrol engine. The steering and suspension settings are also unique to the Spider. Again we have taken it to shows and on runs as well as acting as Course Car on several events.
- Alfa Romeo GTThis is my Alfa Romeo GT Coupe Cloverleaf Q2 which has a 170bhp diesel engine. I have had this car from new and it has covered over 85,000 miles. As such it is my daily driver but I also take it to shows and other events.
- 1990 RSPBought new in 1990 this is a Rover Special Products (RSP) Mini Cooper one of a ‘thousand’ to reintroduce the Cooper to the official Rover range. The car has covered over 130.000 miles and is used for shows, runs and as Course Car on Classic events such as the Coast to Coast.
- 1995 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 Concept 1.6Limited Edition and 1 of 15 cars left on the road and 40 altogether in the uk. The concept was a budget friendly option but was still a nice looking example even though it was value for money. This car has been meticulously maintained and has every document from new including original dealer brochure and only has 89k miles. This car was also previously owned by a fellow NWCC member Dave Squires
- A life long obsessionThis is my 1949 MG TC. I bought this car 12 months ago and it was restored 20 ago. After many years restoring cars it’s now my turn to benefit from the fruits of another restorers work. Having said that i have worked on this car ever day since. The projects started with rebuilding the carburettors, making from scratch a new mohair hood, side screens and tonneau, fitted chrome wire wheels with blockley tyres and alfin drums. I managed to obtain and fit a rare midge mascot. I then fitted the rear luggage rack with my own design integrated indicators. I designed and made my own style side wind deflectors. I am currently working on refurbishing the brake system as it has just been stood unused too long. One of my future projects will the design and manufacture of a picnic box for the rear with integrated HMV gramophone There always something to do to keep a car in top condition
- 2003 BMW E46 325CI M-SPORTnice example of the much loved E46 BMW. A 2.5 straight 6 remapped to 250bhp with 650cc siemens deka injectors, polished and ported, lsd and a few other mods to boot this is a quick car that always impresses
- MrI bought my 1960 Ford Consul in February this year having just sold a 1968 MG 1300. I intended getting something small preferably a Mini, oh well. It is certainly a comfortable lounge like ride. It’s history is a bit vague, started life in South Wales then, about 20 years ago arrived at Stondon Motor Museum where it remained until the museum closed and all the cars were auctioned off. The bodywork is pretty solid, cills and other repairs carried out professionally by previous owners and the paintwork whilst not perfect has a shine to it! I’ve had to put in new Furflex, there was none in the car when I got it and there is a bit of bodywork (bottom of 2 doors) to get sorted. I’m looking forward to getting out and about in it soon.
- 2003 Nissan Almera N16 1.5 SE(ALMA) this car has only had 1 previous owner. My girlfriends grandad had the car from new untill i bought it in February 2020. An immaculate example with only 71k miles and every receipt from new including the receipt of purchase. A nice speced family hatch that i hope to preserve for future generations to enjoy
- 1997 BMW E36 American M3 Spec 1 off(Bailey) 1997 BMW E36 American 3.0L M3 spec 1 off Ex Silverstone pace car. Having found this car in the back yard of a terrace house in Bolton i had cut the roller shutter open to drag the car out of mud. On rebuild it was discovered that it had infact been a safety/pace car at Silverstone race circuit for the first 5 years of its life and had a total overhaul at BMW’S motorsport division at Hamms Hall. A 3.0L S52 American M3 engine was used and had 25k of mods on the car overall. All though there are too many mods to list this car has dynod at 385bhp with 285lb ft of torque. Its also capable of 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and has had the limiter removed to reach a top speed if 170mph.
- Sublime to ridiculousWhilst looking around for a Jag for my brother, he came across this Lexus LS400 in the drive of a house near him. I’d always liked the look of them and when he told me it was only £1500, my late wife and I went for a test drive. That was eight years ago and it is my ultra reliable daily driver. Power and quiet luxury, I love it. My other classic car is a Wartburg 1.3 Tourist (vw derived engine) off eBay for £1400. Delivered from Slough at 5am a couple of November’s ago by ‘the mad Hungarian’ who imports Wartburgs and Trabants. In the mid 70’s my dad bought a two stroke Wartburg Knight which I borrowed while I was at music college in Cardiff. As is often the case, nostalgia made me buy this one and it causes quite a stir wherever I take it. There’s only two 1.3 estates in the country, so mine is very rare.
- BazAn eBay special from Merthyr Tidfyl. Owned for 3plus years, does everything and goes everywhere I want it to . 1956, 94,500 948cc, spitfire wheels.
- The Clan Story
The Clan Crusader.After I got my MG and Antony his mini, Antony developed an interest in classic cars, he had started a course at university to study Automotive Performance Engineering. As a result he wanted to learn a bit about classic cars, I suggested we need a project and started to look for something suitable, that would not break the bank my income is limited due to my medical problem, as is the time I can safely work on it. Antony wanted something sporty due to the nature of the course he was following at Uni. Having looked around it was not looking as if we would find a suitable project and have the funds to work on it. I had always wanted to spend time with my own Dad working on a classic car. However I never had the opportunity. There is nothing more rewarding than passing your skills on to others especially your own kids. Then one of our club members offered us an opportunity that was exceptional generous that would allow us to have a project to work on. The clan Crusader arrived on a trailer with a van full of bits. Where are you going to put that lot was my wife’s response. Easy we can put it in the garden boxes that have the garden furniture in. We also had to dig a flower bed up to fit it in, not an issue as the drive would eventually be widened. We spent the next few months sorting through bits to see what we had. We then had to take a break for several months as we needed to complete the house as it was lacking a kitchen. Apparently that takes priority. We continued to do bits on the car over the next few years trying not to overdo it and end up in A & E. I was not always successful, hence the length of time it’s taken. Antony graduated with a 2:1 and is now following in my footsteps as a design engineer. We have had a lot of fun and scraped fingers working on the car. Special thanks go to Joe hopefully it won’t be long now until she is back on the road, she won’t be a concourse car but everything that has been done including paint has been done by us in our garage. We can improve things as we go.
- Molly MG B
Phils MG B (Molly)I bought my mg as I had had to pack in scouting I had been a scout leader for over 25 years. During these years I had been involved in helping others and community events. Unfortunately due to my continuing shoulder problem I was finding the physical aspects of scouting difficult along with not being able to commit to regular meetings. I therefore needed an interest to replace my scouting my intention being to do something that did not involve being involved to much (I failed in that). Having grown up around cars my Dad was a mechanic and always having a desire to own a classic car but thinking it was out of reach of my bank balance. I happened to find an MGB on ebay that was fairly local so I made a bid not thinking I would stand a chance of winning it, oups I won now to explain to my wife what I had bought. We went to collect the car it had been in a garage for a number of years with boxes stacked on top of it. It had dents and was very tired but was a runner. The deal was done and she came home with me. I spent the next 8 months replacing various rubber parts that had turned to dust sourcing new panels and replacing seats, breaks, wheel bearings and undoing some poor modifications along with removing some of the American additions. She now has ss exhaust suspension upgrade twin carburettors as per the uk specification. She is now known as Molly.
- Post War Austin
1948 Austin 16.I was initially attracted to the car because of it’s colour. Had been looking for a Riley RMB but as I was being particularly piccy my search was slow. Thirties car styling is attractive to me and as the ’16’ is an upgrade of a Pre-War car, namely the ’12’ I was hooked. It was for sale in Altrincham so I thought it was worth a look. Several boxes of history came with it, including loads of receipts, letters, the names and addresses of ALL the previous owners the first of which had been Edinburghs’ Chief Constable ! I have been able to get images of every house it has been registered to (bar one) including one in South Carolina, USA ! On purchase the condition is much as you see it now but I have done many small jobs like converting the trafficators to the flashing sort and the ignition to electronic, not that you’d know. the first owner, Sir William Booth Rennie Morren CBE has quite a history himself, you should ‘Google’ him. We use the car regularly for runs and shows and even once the Big Shop. This one’s a keeper.