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London Classic Car Show 2020 - JOC will not be attending

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by shaun » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:05 pm

Many of you will no doubt be aware that the London Classic Car Show is moving in 2020 to Olympia.
John Staddon who has organised the Club presence for the past few years at Excel received notification from the organisers that due to space constraints at Olympia, the number of Classic car clubs that can be accommodated has been reduced significantly and the JOC has not made the list of those invited.
Consequently, the Club will not be attending.
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by Pymmie » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:20 pm


That absolutely sucks.

Can’t wait to see the list of the marquees that made it.

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by KaranMK2 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:03 pm

I second pymmie’s comment. Is there a route to complain. I understand the draw of bigger clubs for the organiser(s) / sponsor but we should not simply accept such side lining. Arghh!!
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by Clive Bishop » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:06 pm

Isn't there another classic car show in London where the club could focus? I want to say Alexandra Palace but probably got that wrong...…...
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by Chris_R » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:44 pm

I'm not convinced this will be a great loss. This show was a recent newcomer on the scene but in my view the main objective was a showcase for dealers with clubs invited along to give the impression a club event. I feel the organisers were "jumping on the classic car bandwagon". Attendance in 2019 was several thousand lower than in 2018 and I think the organisers were struggling so they are moving to a more easily accessible but smaller event. I think the smaller event at Olympia will be more commercial with dealers occupying proportionately more of the space. I think there are other events that we might look at instead.
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by KaranMK2 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:11 am

What comparable events have you in mind Chris in terms of visibility?

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by John Staddon » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:45 am

To add a little to Shaun's post: last year at Excel there were 30 car clubs in attendance, this year at Olympia there will be 10 and they will not be part of the main show but in a separate hall.

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by Chris_R » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:52 pm

I'm not sure what other events Karan, that will need some research and investigation. We probably should look across the spectrum and decide where we should be presenting ourselves and why we should be there. For example, the JOC has not had a stand at the Restoration Show held at the NEC at the end of March - should we? There are lots of Jensen restorations going on, some by individual enthusiasts, others by classic car restorers of which there will inevitably by varying quality and prices so perhaps showing some cars with works going on would be of significant interest to the public and educational to those who are doing a restoration or considering doing one.
The November Classic Car Show at the NEC has been going a long time and is well established as the premier event of the year with a good balance of just about everything for all levels and interests in the classic car world and the results on the JOC stand this year show just why we should be there.
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by RAP72 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:49 pm

I went to Silverstone with the Jag club one year. we were allowed to drive around the circuit as it was an anniversary of some kind. possibly 50 years of JOC? at my age I only did one day and left before the rock concert. ... ssic-2020/
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by AlistairT » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:50 am

Surprise surprise London classic car show lacks wow factor according to this week’s Classic Car Weekly, I’ll update you later when my copy arrives through the door..cheers Alistair
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