It’s a hit for Club Square
One of the big improvements over last year’s inaugural show was the expanded space given to classic clubs, who got their own hall with room for more than 60 classics.
Ten clubs took part in the event’s Car Club Square display. Attendees included the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, which showed off the DBS from the 1970s TV series
The Persuaders!, and the Jaguar Drivers’ Club, which had a 1933 SS1 on its stand. Meanwhile, the BMW Car Club promoted a year of special events to tie in with the manufacturer’s centenary.
A representative from the Classic Corvette Club UK said its six-car stand was a hit with showgoers and that members were definitely looking to come back next year: ‘We’ve been swamped with visitors looking at the cars, and we had quite a few of them signing up as members as well. As a show it feels a lot less frenetic than the NEC, which for us is a good thing because people seem to have much more time to come over and talk to us.’
‘Our stand at the show is all about building people’s awareness of what we do, and in terms of people coming over and looking at the Quattros the show’s done a great job. Plenty of people have peered at the engines and run their hands along the carbonfibre weave on some of the cars – even though it means there are a few grubby fingerprints left afterwards,’ says Roger Galvin, chairman of the Audi Quattro Owners’ Club.
A 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400, 1987 Countach and 1987 Ferrari F40 on Evolution of the Supercar display.
Mercedes-Benz Club member Geoffrey Hunter showed off the 1965 600 that he’s owned for 10 years and regularly takes to Europe on tours.
Peugeot was one of the manufacturers that lent its support with a motorsport-themed display which included this 1988 405 T16 that was driven by Ari Vatenan on two Paris-Dakar rallies.
Ferrari produced just over 1300 F40s and all of them were originally painted red. This 1992 example was brought back to Maranello in order for it to be resprayed in magnificent blue.
This 1965 Daihatsu Compagno was one of the first Japanese cars imported into the UK, and was used as part of a demonstration to illustrate the nation’s manufacturing prowess.
Born more than half-a-century apart, this 1925 Bentley 3.0-Litre and 1976 Lotus Esprit SI were among the classics flying the flag for Britain in the Grand Avenue parades.
Aston Martin used the event to show off several vehicles from its heritage division, including this 1958 DB MkIII and 1953 DB3S, a former David Brown Racing Team car.