The STAR Stand at the Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham, 2018

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The STAR stand at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham, proved once again to be a great success. Grateful thanks must be offered to Pauline & Tony Blake who masterminded the whole thing together with the set up and take down team, who also just happened to be at the venue for the whole three days: Ken Meddings, Alan & Jane Brinklow and Peter & Liz Holland. Thank you all! 

The stand didn’t win any prizes this year but hats off to the Swallow Doretti Register who won Best Themed Stand. We can’t win a prize every year! 

Historically, the most important day of 2018 is 11th November, which was the Sunday and final day of the Show. It was one hundred years to the day since the signing of the Armistice which brought about the end of the First World War, one of the deadliest conflicts in history. 

Together with the show theme of ‘Built to Last’ it was thought that we would take three of the Club’s earliest cars – all pre-war designed – one red, one white & one blue and place them within a war themed stand. There was a mannequin dressed in an RAF uniform between the cars and John Corcoran, owner of the Red Talbot Ten on the stand was also dressed as an RAF Officer.

With the First World War in mind, there were multiple display boards illustrating the Club trip to Belgium in August, where W.W.1 monuments in and around Ypres were visited and wreaths were laid in an official ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Other features of the stand included W.W.1 poetry, another mannequin dressed in a W.W.1 uniform (see picture), bunting with knitted poppies attached, silk poppy arrangements and a poppy wreath.

I hope all the members who visited the show enjoyed it as much as I did.