This ‘mini’ classic motor show has established itself as a regular fixture on the classic car calendar now and being held indoors at the NEC, it’s a fun day out, whatever the weather. Although it is a straight0-up ‘classic’ show, with predominantly British and European classic cars on show, there is a significant amount of American content and indeed two of the UK’s national clubs had stands there, the AACUK and the Pre-’50 American Auto Club UK, as well as the NSRA (National Street Rod Association).
As well as club stands, dealers and various businesses, there are live demonstrations of restoration techniques and the Practical Classics crew even undertook the restoration of a Citroen 2CV over the weekend. As seems to be the fashion at the moment – even in the classic car world – appearances by ‘celebrities’ were a key feature, with all the usual suspects on hand: Mike Brewer, Ant Anstead and Fuzz Townsend being probably the most famous.
Of course for many visitors it’s the cars that are the stars and one favourite display (although there were no Americans on display,) was the Carole Nash Barn Find display. Lancaster Insurance’s Pride of Ownership had some amazing cars on display, whilst the trader village and auto jumble was the perfect place to spend an afternoon browsing or hunting for automotive treasures.