With over 1,700 classic cars, 300 motorcycles and the ever popular auto jumble and the Live Stage, this years Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC was as good as they get, and to me at least seemed much busier than previous years. I’m not sure if this is down to the increasing number TV shows featuring classic vehicles, the rising values of classic cars or just more people appreciating them, but it’s certainly been a great year for the classic car enthusiast as they flocked to the NEC.
This years show celebrates the big screen with various cars on view from a Mustang 390GT 2+2 to a certain black Pontiac Trans-Am for you to marvel at. What I’ve always enjoyed about the Classic Motor Show is the variety of stands, being a car fan from before I could even walk, I’m always amazed to still find a vehicle that I’ve never seen or heard of before!
Wandering around the 11 halls it was great to see that someone had grouped all the important clubs together, and by ‘important clubs’ I obviously mean the Series I, Series II, Range Rover Register, BLRG and the Ex-Military Land Rover Association, which was a nice change. It isn’t just the 4×4 clubs either who are friendly and welcome you in for a chat, everyone wants to show off and talk about their pride and joys.
The Jaguar stand is always a favourite of mine, not simply because they have a fine collection of Jags, but I usually spend a £1 or so on a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Jaguar XK… I must write my contact details clearer next year as I never seem to receive a phone call from them!
Make sure you have some spare cash with you too as there are plenty of companies willing to take it from you in exchange for their goods. A typical example is Angelwax who produce their own range of car care products in small batches in Scotland. I’ve used their products for a number of years now and I’m always amazed by not only how good my ageing Discovery looks, but how long it stays shiny for!
There’s always so much going on that I can’t possibly write about it here, so let the photos show you what you’re missing (there would have been more if my camera hadn’t thrown a wobbler!), and you never know, I might see you there next year!