NEC Classic Motor Show

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If you ever wanted to see a Cossie sell at over £100k at auction, buy a tail light for a Hillman Imp, salivate over the new Griffith and the return of TVR, or see Ant Anstead and Mike Brewer talk through a restoration on stage, well the Classic Car Show in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is for you.

Escort RS Cosworth Mexico

Just a 40 minute flight from Belfast, the NEC which is directly attached to Birmingham International Airport is an easy hop over to what is an enormous motoring extravaganza for all ages.  As I was boarding my flight I lost count of the groups chatting about unfinished garage projects and barn finds.  Who once had an XR3 or Opel Monza.  NI Petrolheads on the move for sure.

This was my first time at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, to give its full title, and boy was I impressed.  Straight into hall 1 (of 6 gigantic halls), and I was greeted by the elite of Car Clubs showing the pinnacle of their members’ cars.   Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club, Aston Martin Owners Club, Bugatti Owners’ Club.  You get the picture.  Cars spanning over a century of existence, many unparalleled in rarity, condition and of course value.

 

Ferrari Daytona at the NEC Classic Motor Show

Along with the clubs is of course a healthy aftermarket and autojumble scene.  MZR caught my eye as both a restorer and tuner of the classic Datsun Coupés with stunning 240z builds on show.  

Of course it wasn’t long before my love of JDM recent classics was fully satisfied by the likes of the 300zx and Supra Owners Club.  

You could even get a run out on the roads on some of these stunning icons.  Bid a few quid and you could have been cruising the M6 (as a passenger) in the likes of this Renault 5 Turbo 2, like it was the early 80s.

Silverstone Auctions were on site with over 100 cars up for grabs.  The lots were wide ranging and of extremely high standard, including a Mk2 Escort RS2000 with only 900 miles on the clock sold for £97k, and I stood watching the Sierra RS 500 Cossie below make £112,500.  Incredible.

The classic enthusiast is of course well catered at the event and in one of the later halls there was an expansive collection of everything from imperial tools to long out of print workshop and Haynes Manuals.

Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead were on stage promoting the new season of Wheeler Dealers and taking us through some of their builds on stage.

I would never have professed to be a classic enthusiast, but after visiting this year’s Classic Motor Show in the NEC I’m not so sure.  It really did appeal to all tastes, from rare to quirky and all in between it was a weekend to remember.  The show runs annually so get your flights booked!

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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Lyons replied at 10:48, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
Pages 2 and 3 don't appear to be working for me. Absolutely fantastic show, I was there years ago and would love to go back. Such a mix of everything.
Gaz replied at 10:57, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
Good report. We were at it over the weekend there (hence Cooper's report), fantastic show - really great variety of cars, and such a huge amount of them too. After careful consideration, cars of the show for me were the 240z's - they really are the Datsun version of a modernised and reimagined Singer 911. Fantastic attention to detail.
Carson replied at 11:14, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
That looks a great show. Could you do it in 1 day or would you really need the weekend? Love the Supra !
Gaz replied at 11:17, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
Can just about be covered in a day but you wouldn't have much free time for eating or watching the live show etc. Best to take 2 days to enjoy it.
cormac81 replied at 11:36, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
Have to get over to this sometime, there was some lovely stuff at it going by those photos and what I have saw on FB.
Gaz replied at 11:52, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
Well worth the trip and one of the handiest shows to get to in terms of travel - fly in and you don't even need to set foot outside the airport area really, if you stay overnight then train straight from show to New St leaves you at door of many hotels there.
cormac81 replied at 11:57, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
| Well worth the trip and one of the handiest shows to get to in terms of travel - fly in and you don't even need to set foot outside the airport area really, if you stay overnight then train straight from show to New St leaves you at door of many hotels there.
Yeah was at the autosport show not too long ago, super handy. Couldn't believe how big the NEC was.
Gaz replied at 12:02, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
| Yeah was at the autosport show not too long ago, super handy. Couldn't believe how big the NEC was.
Some size alright. We were walking most of Fri and Sat round it, sore legs today!
Cooper replied at 13:34, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
| Some size alright. We were walking most of Fri and Sat round it, sore legs today!
Sore head. Due to walking of course!
pablo replied at 13:46, Mon 13 Nov, 2017
Not hugely into classic cars but this was truly amazing. Some really rare stuff and of course come modern classics Just loved the 2 240Zs - attention to detail was superb but with original character.