Every year, the clubs attending the show go the extra mile to create some fantastic and inspiring stands.
Here are just a few of the clubs attending this year, and what we can expect to see from them!
FTO Exclusive UK recognises and nurtures long-term owners and restorers of the FTO models. These nifty coupes are 25 years old now, and you can expect to see a range of beautifully restored and impeccably maintained models at their stand at the show.
A very rare blue model from 1997 and a twin turbo conversion will both be in attendance. A 1995 model, which started life as a Siwer 1.8 and is now a rare green V6 manual, plus one of only 187 bright yellow ‘Car of the Year’ editions will be on hand to wow showgoers.
GILBERN OWNERS CLUB
This year marks a double celebration for Gilbern; 60 years of the car and 50 years of the club.
With a little over a thousand cars produced in total, any Gilbern is a rare car, but with a fibreglass body over tubular steel chassis, the survival rate is remarkably good, with around half the total product known to the owners club.
The GOC provide spares and technical support to members, as well as maintaining a comprehensive archive of the car’s history, and actually owns the rights to the Gilbern name and trademarks.
The South West group of the Gilbern Owners Club have been regular exhibitors at the Bristol Classic Car Show from the very early days right through to the current events at the Royal Bath & West Showground.
Taking their place within the popular Kit Car Hall, members of KitNet will be bringing some beautiful and inspiring kit cars to the show. The friendly group will be on hand to talk all things kit car and offer tips, help and advice for your next and current project.
The active kit car club takes a lot of runs out to the countryside, over to France and Spain, attends shows and runs its own track days where it gives passenger rides for charity.
RELIANT SABRE SCIMITAR OWNERS CLUB
Home to owners and enthusiasts of Reliant and Middlebridge sports cars, the Reliant Sabre & Scimitar Owners Club is perfect for those looking for help with the running, maintenance and preservation of these fine British classic motor cars.
The club offers its owners buying guides and a bi-monthly magazine, which is full of members’ stories and technical information. For those thinking of buying a GTC or GTE, there are in-depth buyer’s guides to help you with your purchase.
TRIUMPH SPORTS SIX CLUB
A regular attendee at the show, the club will be bringing along a huge range of Triumphs, all the way back to the 60s. They will also be completing a partly restored 1967 Mk3 Spitfire at the show! After being purchased in 2016, the vehicle was displayed at the Classic Vehicle Restoration Show that same year when it was still in the process of being stripped down to just a rolling chassis. The picture below was taken just a couple of weeks ago, and shows just how far the car has come in those three short years.
Also in attendance will be a beautiful 1964 Herald owned by a club member, who regularly drives this wonderful motor to club events. The current owner is only the second owner after purchasing it 52 years ago, and the car has now done more than 200,000 miles on its original engine.
The Westfield club will take their place in the Kit Car Hall this November, showing off just a handful of the cars which they have built/restored by themselves.
Members of the group spend their time travelling around the UK and Europe in their beautiful kit cars, meeting others who share their passion and dedication to kits.
Look out for them at stand M2-3, which will feature a Le Mans Westfield X1 in a striking racing green, equipped with a hand-built MG engine.
Other Clubs in Attendance
Classic and Historic
GTM Owners Club
Mendip Classic Vehicle Group
Nostalgia Car Club
Rover Sports Register
Volvo Enthusiasts Club
Yeovil Car Club
Buy your tickets in advance and save £2 off the gate entry price. For more information, visit: www.bristolclassiccarshows.com