Hailed the ‘friendliest of car shows’, this truly is Spring’s best classic car show. Opening the classic car season, the show attracts over 28,000 visitors across 3 days, and bring's together all aspects of classic motoring. From live resotration projects to pristine classics, walking through the halls definitely rekindle memories for visitors. It's a weekend all about rusty barn finds, concourse quality classics and everything in between.
The heart and soul of the classic car community is without doubt car clubs, and the same goes for the show. With over 170 car clubs gracing the halls of the NEC, visitors always have the opportunity to watch what it takes to keep our beloved classics running with all kinds of live restoration demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend.
The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition showcases what a bit of elbow grease and time can present as 20 of the UKs most cherished cars with some incredible and heart-warming stories behind them, take pride of place in the show, each bidding for visitors votes to be crowned the winner. At the other end of the scale are the rusty wrecks making up the UKs biggest collection of barn finds in the Carole Nash Barn Find display. The cars are unearthed from garages, sheds and hills in Wales. Some need a lot of love to get them back on the road while others should be left to ‘rust in peace.’
Practical Classics and its team of expert mechanics always take on a challenge for the show and plan to get their project up and running ready to drive off stage at the end of the weekend. Last edition saw the success of the TR6, saved from a US scrapyard, leaving the stage and driving off into the distance. PC's Danny Hopkins was joined by an abundance of guests throughout the three days including; Wheeler Dealers' Mike Brewer, Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars' Paul Cowland and Drew Pritchard, The Car Years Vicki Butler-Henderson and Alex Riley plus a few more industry guests.
Classic Car Auctions has around 190 outstanding cars up for grabs in its two-day auction, offering great British classics and other wonderful marques from all over the world. The last show was a particular treat for Renault enthusiasts with not just one, but two Alpines, a 1986 GTA V6 Turbo and a 1993 A610 Turbo. Also included in the auction was a mighty Noble M12 GTO-3 and a true British great, an Aston Martin DB9.