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Practical Classics Classic Car Restoration Show NEC 23rd to 25th March 2018

First time the club has attended this show and it was agreat success.

Our stand theme was vans.  We had one genuine police car restoration, one replica build and a restoration project in progress.

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The Hampshire Constabulary Ford Ecostar Electric and the North Wales Police BL Mini van

were transported up to the NEC on the back of Alex Lee's company recovery truck and trailer driven by Steve Woodward.

The other car taken was Phil Jacob's Portsmouth City Police Morris Van which Phil drove up himself as part of the convoy.

 

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Stand all set up and awaiting the public. 

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A great example of a fully restored classic car is this smart

North Wales Police car derived BL Mini Van. Owned and restored by Alex Lee.

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This Portsmouth City Police Morris dog Van is a fine example of a replica of the original.

Nice addition to Phil Jacob's collection.

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This rare beast is the result of an electric car development program by Ford in the mid 90's.

Ford built 3 of these Ecostar Electric cars based on the Escort Van and one of which ended up with Hampshire Constabulary.

The vehicle was used operationally as a beat car based at Fleet between 1995 and 1998.

Each unit cost £260,000 to build and was powered by a Sodium Sulphur battery.

To say that it attracted a lot of interest would be an understatement as those members manning the stand can testify to.

Thanks to all those that who made the effort to get the vehicles to the NEC, set the stand up and man it over the weekend.

Grand effort Gents.