How to Make Classic Restoration Dramas a Thing of The Past

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How to Make Classic Restoration Dramas a Thing of The Past

Journeying into the unknown of the classic car hobby can be a fascinating but at-first daunting prospect.

Recurring questions which might haunt newcomers at night include: Restoring a Classic Car

- What do I look for when buying and selling a project car?
- How do I get started on a restoration project?
- How do I prepare for an MOT?
- How do I deal with rust?
- How do I look after leather?

Fear not. All of these questions and more will be answered next month with the launch of a show the classic enthusiast has been waiting for.

The Practical Classics Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC from April 12-13 is for novices and veterans alike.

Answers can be found in one of the show's special features: the Classic Car ER (Emergency Room), sponsored by yours truly, Footman James.

Who knows? A few hours at the show could even help turn you into a millionaire. A 937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante that had been gathering dust in a garage for almost 50 years fetched £2.6 million at auction in 2007.

The Classic Car ER “doctor's surgery” of key industry specialists will offer advice on whatever you need help with via master classes, talks, panel discussions and practical demonstrations. Experts include TV's Ed China and Mike Brewer from the Discovery Channel's Wheeler Dealers.

Footman James will also be on hand to discuss visitors’ insurance inquiries at the show.

Andy Fairchild, Footman James’ Managing Director said: “We’ve always prided ourselves on our hand-on approach with enthusiasts, so sponsoring the show’s ‘doctor’s surgery’ is the perfect complement.”

Five basic restoration tips in the meantime:

- Compare your budget with prices listed in a parts catalogue and never deviate from it.
- Decide beforehand upon the level of car restoration you require.
- Choose the level of restoration you want, i.e. a “mate who knows how to repair cars” or a professional.
- Determine whether your vehicle is strong enough to be restored without replacing the entire frame, floor, axles, etc.
- Inspect your car very carefully from top to bottom.

+ Daily admission (payment in advance) is £12 (£21 for weekend passes), OAPs £11, £7 for children aged 5-15, free for children under the age of five, and £31 for a family ticket.
Times: Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm; Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission is higher for people paying on the door. View full details or book now.

Caption: Child's play: Some of the mysteries of car restoration will be unravelled and simplified at next month's Practical Classics Restoration Show in Birmingham.