De Tomaso Club Stand at the NEC Classic Car Show

NEC Classic Car Show 2017 Report

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NEC Classic Car Show Speedking Ferrari Daytona

Ferrari and Double Decker on the Speedking stand at the NEC Classic Car Show 2017

One of the homes of the original British Motorshow, the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham was host to many classic vehicles at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motorshow. Held in 5 halls, over 2500 classic vehicles were on display and 240 car and bike clubs were present. There really was something for everyone from grass root classics to million pound supercars and almost every type of automobilia and parts this side of a Beaulieu Autojumble.

NEC Classic Car Show 2017

NEC Classic Car Show

Show Director Lee Masters said: “Our thanks go to all of the classic motoring clubs who not only support the event but pull out all of the stops year after year to bring the most amazing vehicles to the show.”

Crayford Owners Club at the NEC Classic Car Show 2017

Crayford Convertible Owners Club at the NEC Classic Car Show 2017

Crayford Mini NEC Classic Car Show 2017

Amazing restoration on this Crayford Mini, the car has not been reshelled

The clubs embraced the theme of ‘Family Ties’ for this year’s show with displays of cars from the same manufacturing family to cars made by one family name. Many including the Morris Minor Owners Club and Capri Club International celebrated family occasions such as weddings, holidays, prom night and even funerals.

Manufacturers including Porsche GB and Vauxhall supported the event with their own displays and newly launched modern cars were showcased alongside the heritage marques such as the new TVR Griffith and the Mazda MX-5 RF.

New TVR Griffith NEC Classic Car Show 2017

New TVR Griffith

 

Enthusiasts could, for a donation go for a ride in a choice of desirable cars through the Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides.  This proved to be very popular and helped raise £35,000 through offering around 1,000 rides in exchange for a donation to children’s charities.

Dream Rides at the NEC Classic Car Show 2017

Silverstone Auctions saw £3.6million change hands as 67% of the lots were sold. The price of classic Ford RS models have been rocketing recently but nobody expected a showroom fresh 1980 Mk2 Ford Escort RS2000 to sell for a record £97,875. Then another auction record fell when a 1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Lux, with an incredibly low odometer reading of just 837 miles, sold for £91,125.

1980 Ford Escort RS2000 sold for a record £97,875 in the Silverstone Auctions sale

1980 Ford Escort RS2000 sold for a record £97,875 in the Silverstone Auctions sale

Low mileage Ford Escort Cosworth

1996 Ford Escort Ford Escort Cosworth Lux with an incredibly low odometer reading of just 837 miles, sold for £91,125.

In amongst the polished metal were 'Barn Find' cars, some more genuine than others.

Austin Barn Find display at the NEC Classic Car Show 2017

Auto Union Barn Find NEC Classic Car Show 2017

One of the cars I really wanted to see was the Roll Hard Triple Rotary Powered Jaguar E-Type. Rotary powered cars outside of Mazda are quite rare and not usually used for engine swaps, and E-Type Jags are fetching big money. So to see this motor was definitely on my list of show must do's and it did not disappoint. See the photos for yourself.

Roll Hard Triple Rotor Jaguar E-Type

Roll Hard Triple Rotor Jaguar E-Type

Roll Hard Triple Rotor Jaguar E-Type

Classic commercials and service vans make a rare sight nowadays and were very welcomed at this event.

Classic Volvo Lorry at the NEC Classic Car Show 2017

Wartburg Factory Transporter

Wartburg Factory Transporter

 

Renault 4 Service Van

Renault 4 Service Van

Supervan 3

Supervan 3

Stunning Hot Rods in all different shapes and sizes were exciting show goers, the standard was very high.

1932 Ford Model B Roadster Replica

This 1932 Ford Model B Roadster Replica was one the best Hot Rods I have ever seen.

Very low and very ratty Rat Rod

Very low and very ratty Rat Rod

A very tidy Ford 100e Van Hot Rod

A very tidy Ford 100e Van Hot Rod

The show is very diverse and covers many types of classic machinery. From very shiny concours to barn finds and everything inbetween. I'm very glad I made the pilgrimage from Kent to Birmingham, I even took the train as it worked out cheaper than taking the car saving me £12 parking charge and fuel. I did have to get up at some ungodly hour to get cheap tickets but it meant I had the full day there and could relax on the train reading magazines and brochures from the show. Make sure you go next year.

De Tomaso Club Stand at the NEC Classic Car Show

Mouth watering cars on the De Tomaso Club Stand

 

Range Rover Convertible

Range Rover Convertible

Convertible VW Scirocco

Convertible VW Scirocco

Fiat Panda 4x4's

Fiat Panda 4x4's

Beautiful RS2000 on the Burton stand

Beautiful RS2000 on the Burton stand

V8 in a Reliant Robin

V8 in a Reliant Robin

Mustang V8 powered Capri made for a new TV show

Mustang V8 powered Capri made for a new TV show

Saab 900 Camper

Saab 900 Camper

Mint Fiesta Supersports

Fiesta Supersports

A Vauxhall Chevette with a lot more power than when it left the factory

A Vauxhall Chevette with a lot more power than when it left the factory

Facts and Figures:

Show founded: 1984 – 33rd outing of the show

Attendees: 70,896 (2016: just under 71,000)

Floor space: 92,903 square metres

Halls: Hall 1, 2, 3, 3a, 4 and 5

Number of vehicles: 2,500

Number of Clubs: 257

Number of exhibitors (specialist traders and exhibitors): 650

2018 Dates: 9-11 November 2018

Silverstone Auctions:

£3.6million, 67% sale rate

Meguiar’s Club Showcase:

Won by Ian Matthews from Sutton Coldfield in the 1959 Morris Mini.

Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership:

1st: Simon McNamara's 1983 VW Golf GTI Mk1

2nd: Craig Marsden's 1970 Dodge Charger

3rd: Gerald McWhinnie's 1998 BMW E36 M3 Evolution

Comet Classic Pride of Ownership:

1st: Steve Taylor with the 1922 JD Harley Davidson

2nd: Alan Stopford with the 1958 Triumph Bonneville

3rd: Trevor Bostock with the 1939 Calthorpe.

Classic American Car of the Year

Won by Laura and Ross Meeks from Nottingham, with the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

Sporting Bears Dream Rides:

Raised £35,000 with around 1,000 rides.

Celebrity attendees:

Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw, Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars’ Drew Pritchard and Paul Cowland, Goblin Works Garage hosts Jimmy De Ville, Helen Stanley and Ant Partridge, US reality star Jesse McClure, Steve Coogan, Quentin Wilson, Car Designer Frank Stephenson, Judge Rob Rinder, F1 Pundit Tony Jardine.