Mike will drive his 1949 Buick from Grantham to Birmingham in the hope of winning the title ‘Car of the Year’

A 1949 Buick Roadmaster owned by Mike Willett from Grantham.

A 1949 Buick Roadmaster owned by Mike Willett from Grantham.

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A 1949 Buick Roadmaster owned by Mike Willett from Grantham is one of 16 classic cars set to do battle at the UK’s biggest classic car show this November in the nationwide concours competition.

The showcase forms part of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – itself he biggest classic car show in the UK, held at Birmingham’s NEC from November 14-16.

Having won ‘Car of the Day’ at the American Auto Club International’s Open Nationals, Mike is thrilled to have made it through to the Birmingham show.

The ‘Roadmaster’ name first appeared on a Buick in 1936 but Mike’s car came off the production line just over a decade later, marking the first of a new line of cars – the first Buick launched following the Second World War. The Buick is powered by 5.3 litre V8 with a top speed in excess of 100mph.

Mike has owned the car for 15 years, having completed significant amounts of work on the car in that time.

He said: “I’ve done a full restoration on it. I’ve always been into American cars. I can’t imagine that there are very many on the roads in the UK.”

Despite his success, Mike’s playing down his chances of success when the show rolls around in mid-November, saying: “To get to the final is lovely. I’ve been going to the Classic Motor Show for years, but this is the first time I’ve had a car in the show. It would be very, very nice if I won.”

The Meguiar’s Club Showcase is one of the most popular features of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, the UK’s biggest indoor motoring event.

Information: www.necclassicmotorshow.com