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Clubs’ classics have star role at show

14:31 19 March 2016

This 1964 Rover P5 Hearse, believed to be one of only two in existence, is currently being restored.

This 1964 Rover P5 Hearse, believed to be one of only two in existence, is currently being restored.

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The Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club and Norwich Classic Vehicle Club displayed a selection of classic cars at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show at the NEC Birmingham.

Altogether, 16 members transported four classic cars to the venue and formed two back-to-back, impressive displays for the public.

A varied selection of cars included a very rare 1964 Rover P5 Hearse, currently under a lengthy restoration process and thought to be one of only two in existence. This one is the only example that is worth saving and owner Glen Read thinks it will take another three to four years to complete.

The second car on the Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club stand was a beautifully-restored 1974 Rover P6 3500S, owned since 2013 
by club chairman Russell James. This car was driven 116 miles to 
the NEC, after having only done 
12 miles since a full engine refurbishment.

The two cars displayed by Norwich Classic Vehicle Club stand were completely different again.

The first was a bronze 1968 Ford Corsair 2000E, currently under a rolling restoration and having a 3.0-litre Ford V6 engine fitted. This car has recently been bought by club committee member Adrian Stebbeds.

The second car brought to the show was a red 1967 Toyota Corona which has been fully restored by classic enthusiast Roger Moorhouse. This car is thought to be one of only three left on the road.

This year’s show was the third to be organised by Practical Classics and covered 40,000 square metres in six halls and attracted more than 350 specialist exhibitors which included 120 car clubs, more than 150 auto jumble stands, traders and specialist restorers.

The event was an excellent opportunity for two small local clubs to showcase their talents and pride and joys to visitors from all over the UK and Europe and to fly the flag for the clubs, Norwich, Norfolk and the rest of East Anglia.

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