AN­TWERP CLAS­SIC SA­LON

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

AN­TWERP, BEL­GIUM, 4-6 MARCH

Tour­ing cars raced by Bel­gium’s driv­ing masters stole the lime­light in what was the busiest An­twerp Clas­sic Sa­lon on record.

A Ford Sierra Cos­worth, Chevro­let Camaro and Mazda RX-7 driven by Bel­gian greats like Jacky Ickx pro­vided the fo­cal point for fans from 14 na­tions, in­clud­ing Bri­tain and New Zealand. Vis­i­tor num­bers in­creased to 29,200, up by al­most 3000 com­pared with 2015’s at­ten­dance fig­ures.

Away from the static rac­ing dis­plays, clubs pro­vided zany stands in a re­vamped Hall 4 that fea­tured more clas­sic car clubs than ever. Var­i­ous Volk­swa­gen groups from across Europe used the oc­ca­sion to meet up. Bri­tish clas­sics were prom­i­nent, with many en­thu­si­asts’ or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the An­twerp MG Car Club em­bel­lish­ing Blighty life­style with tongues firmly in their cheeks by don­ning clichéd clob­ber, such as bowler hats and plus fours.

More than 400 cars were up for grabs at the show, rang­ing from high-end dealer clas­sic to cheap and cheer­ful pri­vate sales. Among the Euro­pean deal­ers, HK En­gi­neer­ing and Koen Heuts were of­fer­ing eye­wa­ter­ingly pricey Mercedes-Ben­zes and Jaguars, but the pri­vate car sales held many bar­gain Renaults, and even a Suzuki Su­per­carry.

The Best of Show award went to a stun­ning Brus­sels-built 1927 Ex­cel­sior Al­bert I Court Cabri­o­let, while glo­ri­ous Jaguars, Fi­ats and Porsches col­lected in­di­vid­ual car gongs. The Bel­gis­che Club Voor Oude Peu­geot’s picked up the Club of the Show prize.

It was a ver­i­ta­ble gold­mine for col­lec­tors and spares-hun­ters, too. Think of An­twerp’s Clas­sic Sa­lon as a half-way house be­tween the more down-to-earth Lan­caster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show and the stars­pan­gled, all-singing, all-danc­ing Te­choclas­sica Essen. All this, and it’s just a two-hour drive from Calais. James Sadlier and Mur­ray Scul­lion

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