Footman James Restoration Show 2016
Location: The Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN,
Toying with the idea of restoring a classic car? Get ready to be inspired by the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show.
Thousands of car enthusiasts will once again be flocking to Somerset this autumn for the 16th edition of the popular event, featuring live restoration projects, an autojumble and a Charterhouse auction.
From sporty roadsters to untouched barn finds, nothing is too much trouble here. You’ll find everything you need at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet on November 5-6.
Wander among the winning displays
See what the finished article looks like in the classic car park. It will have an enormous display of car connoisseurs’ fully restored prized possessions, as well as part-finished projects. Prizes are up for grabs for vehicles entered in the show – which is your favourite?
A number of car clubs will also be holding rallies at the show. Their members will be exhibiting their own restored machines, as well as cars that are still a way off completion. They may even persuade you to join their ranks. Benefits of being a member include expert advice, camaraderie and discounted items, such as classic car insurance.
Don’t leave without…
• Watching a live display: If you’re about to get stuck into a car overhaul project, seeing how the professionals do it is invaluable. Live displays and workshops will provide you with top specialist restoration tips
• Tracking down that spare part you need: Find rare and vintage parts for your project at the autojumble
• Meeting like-minded hobbyists: Pick up hints and tips from fellow car restorers who’ve been there and done that
• Seeing what’s going under the hammer: The popular Charterhouse Auction wraps up proceedings on Sunday. The Dorset-based sales house sells motors for every budget. Viewing the lots is free on Saturday, but you’ll need a catalogue to gain entry on Sunday
How to get tickets
Adult day tickets cost £10 on the gate, but you can get them for £8 in advance online or £16 for a weekend pass.
In both cases children go free and there is also free parking. Those wanting to bring along their classic car pay £5 on the gate.