NEC Restoration Show CANCELLED

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of Covid-19, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, will not run on 11-13 June 2021 as originally planned. The next edition of the show will now take place 18-20 March 2022.

“It’s extremely disappointing that this popular show will not be going ahead,” says MASC’s Alan Pritchett. “With a brighter future in prospect, MASC is hoping that COVID is in retreat and we can all get back to enjoying our cars again – particularly in November for the Classic Motor Show.”

The cancelled show will be replaced by an online edition on the 27th March, available here – You can get involved by entering the Pride of Ownership, and sharing your own Lockdown Discoveries.

Show Director Lee Masters is also looking forward to the end-of-year event: “We have confidence that come the autumn, life will have returned to a more normal rhythm and we are planning the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery as usual for November.”

Tickets already purchased will automatically be carried over to the same day next year. Visitors also have the option to move their booking to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (11-13 November 2021) or Reis Race Retro (18-20 February 2022).

NEC Restoration Show: 2021 Dates Announced

MASC will attend the NEC Resto show, rescheduled to June 2021.

I am sure that by now you will know that the show has been moved from its normal March slot to June, specifically the 11th to the 13th.

It is by no means certain that the show will actually go ahead. We may know more in March, but preparations must continue, with fingers crossed. It is planned that there will be special precautions in place so that the show will comply with COVID legislation: wider aisles, one way systems, lots of
hand cleansing stations, fewer people manning the stands, smaller stands, and compulsory wearing of face masks inside the halls.

Do you have a MkI Midget or MkII Sprite you’d like to display on the stand? If so, please keep an eye out for details in March’s MASCOT. 

Alan Pritchett

Area Rep Changes

If you’ve been following MASCOT closely you’ll have noticed that a few Area Rep positions have changed around recently:

  • Somerset: Jess Linham is now in post as Area Rep.
  • Surrey: Gavin Rowles has taken over as Area Rep from Mike Gorman.
  • Heart of England: Lara Warburton has taken over from Dave Colclough.
  • Dorset: Karen Mallik has taken over from John Gully.
  • Ireland: Noel Kavanagh is co-ordinating occasional meetings on the island of Ireland.

Area Reps are key to the club reaching members in local areas, and provide an important conduit between the committee and members. If you’re interested in taking up the mantle, we’re looking for interested people in the following areas to take on the role of Area Rep:

  • North Wales
  • South Wales
  • North East
  • Sussex
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Oxford

For more information, contact Area Liaison Officer Andrew Parrott to discuss what the role entails. His details can be found in MASCOT, along with those of all the Area meetings and their Reps.

Young Members Festival Cancelled

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the organisers of TYRE Festival have decided that the 2021 Festival will not go ahead, and will instead focus on an improved event in 2022.

TYRE Festival is a joint young members rally, organised by the TR Register Youth and Morris Minor Owners Club Young Members and supported by MASC’s own Young Members group.

“Although TYRE Festival would have been a highlight of the Young Members calendar, the priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our members,” says Alex Gleed, MASC Young Members rep. “The decision to postpone until 2022 by the TYRE Fest organisers is an unfortunate but necessary one.”

Lead Organiser Liam Murphy (MASC / MMOC) says: “Obviously we’re disappointed, but we believe that cancelling the event is the safest, most responsible thing to do for 2021. We would rather plan a full weekend of entertainments and have a top-quality event, than risk watering down the festival and worrying about cancellation in the event of a future wave of infections.”

Ticket holders will be contacted and given a full refund, and will be entitled to advance tickets ahead of the 2022 festival.