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The classic car following at the Classic Motor Show, held from 14th to 16th November at Birmingham’s NEC, may well have plenty to keep them entertained, but what is there to keep the retro enthusiast happy? Boy, how long have you got? No retro party would be complete without a line-up of Fords with the RS Owners Club displaying an Escort Cosworth, a Series 1 RS Turbo, a Mk2 RS 2000 and a 1968 Twincam while the Ford AVO Club will have a range of rare competition and rally cars such as the Mexico and RS 1600. To mark 50 years of Skoda rally competition, the Skoda Owners’ Club will be displaying a 1000MB, a cracking Works-replica 110 Coupé and an original 130L rally car. Another rallying rarity will be the Hillman Hunter which won the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon. A car which will surely get you thinking about Rootes’ unappreciated and increasingly-rare saloon. Then for fans of old Japanese curios, an amble over to the Nissan 300C Owners’ Club is a must to get a glimpse of an exceedingly rare Datsun 200 DeLuxe Six – a reminder of the days when Datsun built reliable yet deadly dull cars. Moving to something a bit more recent and the Just Opel Vauxhall Car Club has a display focused on the 25-year-old Nova and celebrations are also being held for the E30 BMW 3-series as well as the 20th anniversary of the Birmingham Mini Club. The Mk1 Golf Owners Club will pay tribute to the golden years with GTis and Cabriolets from the mid-70s to mid-80s. And if that’s not enough, you are bound to find the first car you ever drove. And the one your dad took you to the seaside in as well as that car that you always thought was cool but was too afraid to say. There are over 1,000 cars on display, each one sure to be one man’s dream car, the next’s guilty pleasure. Appetite whetted? Then you’ll want to make the most of the vast number of trade stands which feature every services, part and product you can think of. Not too confident when it comes to DIY maintenance? Don’t worry. A team of experts from the Leeds College of Technology are on hand in the Live Restoration Theatre. The team isn’t just there to demonstrate a wide range of techniques – but they can actually physically show you what’s involved and how best to tackle a project. You can even ask them about specific jobs and, if you say please, they’ll even show you how to do it! Away from the workshop and the Dream Rides roll back into the NEC, offering visitors a ten-mile ride as a passenger in a classic legend – so if you’re really lucky perhaps your dream car might be on hand to give you a taste of the real thing. All you have to do is make a donation to charity. We raised over £35,000 at last year’s show so that tells you how popular this is with the punters. Meanwhile Mike Brewer will return to the Live Stage will all provide visitors with plenty of fun and entertainment. And the tallest man in motoring, (he even looks down on Clarkson!) Edd China is back to get covered in even more oil, blood, sweat and tears, as he takes on a new challenge.Tags:,