Club History

How it all started

The table at 580 Modellers first ever show - Huddersfield in 2008


580 Modellers was formed in 2008 by Geoff Cooper-Smith and David Foxall based on a new concept.  We didn't find club meetings very interesting but just loved the exhibiting at shows and being togther for a good few hours on such a day meant there was plenty of time to talk about various topics.  It also struck us that lots of modellers would probably like the opportunity to try exhibiting at model shows but couldn't either because their club didn't undertake such activity or they weren't a member of a club.

Consequently 580 Modellers was born into a really simple concept; 580 Modellers book tables at a model show and lay it out with staging, table covering, signage and bases and then those, who wish to, turn up with their models and place them on the table.  This concept has remained unchanged since we attended our first show at Huddersfield in February 2008, and allows someone to try it just once, or only exhibit at their local show(s) or become a 'hardcore' exhibitor attending many shows.

Why 580 Modellers?

The East Lancs Road, as the A580 is still known locally, under construction in the early 1930's.

Many have asked why 580 Modellers?  The answer is the co-founders live either side of the A580, which runs twixt Salford and Liverpool; Geoff Cooper-Smith lives to the North in Greater Manchester and Dave Foxall to the South in Warrington.  This is why the 580 Modellers logo looks like, and has the colours of, a road sign.

The A580 is actually a road of some significance as it was the UKs first purpose built inter-city highway, being opened by King George in 1934.