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The Classic Motor Show celebrates its 30th year

Sixty-thousand motoring enthusiasts are set for the NEC in Birmingham this weekend, thirty years on since the first Classic Motor Show at the venue, back in 1984.

The event is now the biggest indoor exhibition of its kind in the UK, with 1,500 cars and 300 bikes on display.

A range of classic cars and bikes will on show over the three day event... Credit: Press Association Images

When the show opens its doors on Friday morning, the public can look forward to seeing both the old and the new, with cars from the early 20th century right through to the latest concept cars of today.


Birmingham is second worst city for parking fines

A familiar site for many motorists in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham is the worst city outside of London for drivers picking up parking fines, according to data obtained by insurance company LV=.

The research showed 339 parking tickets are handed out every day in the second city, behind the City of Westminster, where 1,269 tickets are issued each day.

Many people get parking fines if they do not buy a ticket Credit: ITV News Central

Nationally, motorists pay more than £30million every month in parking fines, with a rise of 13% in tickets being handed out on a Sunday.

Councils say fines are only given to people who park illegally, and anyone can appeal against them.

Driver to reunite with Land Speed Record car

Thrust 2 on its way to Coventry Transport Museum in 1993 Credit: ITV News Central

The driver who broke the World Land Speed Record will be reunited with his car - Thrust Two - at the Coventry Transport Museum today.

Richard Noble is in the Midlands to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 633mph record, set in Nevada.

The record breaking car outside the museum for the first time Credit: ITV News Central


MG motors launch new supermini

The wait is over for motoring enthusiasts who have been counting down the days (and months, and years) for the new MG supermini, following the phoenix-like rise of the company from the ashes of MG Rover.

The MG3 has stylish looks and a low price Credit: ITV News Central

Dubbed the MG3, the car is well placed to rival the market leading Ford Fiesta with a revvy 1.5 litre engine and a low price tag.

The parts for the car are built in Lanjing, China and assembled and tested at the old MG Rover plant at Longbridge, Birmingham. The site now employs around 40 people on the production line and over 300 in the design hub.

The MG3 supermini hits the road Credit: ITV News Central

Top tips for new-car buyers

With the release of new car registrations today and the car industry on course to achieve over two million sales this year ITV News Central caught up with motoring broadcaster and journalist Quentin Wilson to get his top tips for new-car buyers.

Motoring broadcaster Quentin Wilson Credit: ITV News Central

Quentin's Top Tips

1) Remember that the dealer 'desperately' wants your business.

2) If you're part-exchanging, don't get hung up too much over what the dealer is offering for your old car. The important figure is the 'price to change'. This is the total amount you'll have to pay for your new car.

3) Haggle! Don't pay list price, make an offer. Some dealers are offering discounts of up to £7000 on some vehicles.

Car dealers ready for new registration sales

New 63 plate car registrations are rolled out nationally today, and car dealerships across the Midlands have been getting ready for a busy month.

New cars line up waiting to be bought Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One garage in Redditch say their new car sales are up by 39% this year compared to last, which appears to match the national trend.

More than 360,000 car sales are expected nationally this month, taking the total sales for the year up to 2.2 million. That is the highest figure since 2007.

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