Hol­land's clas­sic show for An­glophiles marks its 25th an­niver­sary.

An­glophiles’ event marks its 25th an­niver­sary with club dis­plays and English pub

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BRI­TISH CARS & LIFE­STYLE

ROSMALEN, NETHER­LANDS, 12-13 MARCH

Dutch-built Mor­ris Mi­nors, dusty Rovers and freshly re­stored Jaguars, plus a few trade stalls sell­ing Bar­bour jack­ets, were the stars of this bustling two-day event held at the Au­totron con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre in the heart of the Nether­lands.

Cel­e­brat­ing its first quar­ter-cen­tury, the an­nual in­door show is ded­i­cated in its en­tirety to Bri­tish prod­ucts, and while the cars are the key draws, the at­trac­tions also ex­tended to a Bri­tish-themed pub sit­ting at the cen­tre of the dis­plays.

The outer cir­cle of stands on the lower level of the spa­cious hall con­sisted of parts and trade stalls in­ter­leaved with clas­sic cars for sale, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles shipped over by UK-based deal­ers. The deals ranged from a rough, but com­plete, Rover P4 ‘Cy­clops’ to var­i­ous pre-WWII sports cars, with the

se­lec­tion of ve­hi­cles sur­pris­ingly wide for a show that’s over­shad­owed by con­ti­nen­tal coun­ter­parts like the An­twerp Clas­sic Sa­lon and Techno Clas­sica Essen.

The up­stairs gallery was filled with club stands which is where the Dutch clas­sic scene’s love af­fair with Bri­tish cars re­ally comes to life. No­table hits with show­go­ers in­cluded a Ford Es­cort MkI es­tate, an Austin J40 race­track and a re-cre­ation of one of Land Rover’s pub­lic­ity shots us­ing a P38-gen­er­a­tion Range Rover amid a small ar­ti­fi­cial jun­gle. Alexan­der Boucke

This pris­tine Ford Es­cort MkI es­tate is a much

rarer sight in the Nether­lands than it would have been in

the UK. It was a hit with vis­i­tors in the up­stairs club dis­play

area. This 1971 Mar­cos Man­tis was used to launch the model at that year’s Dutch mo­tor show and is now fit­ted with a Tri­umph TR6 en­gine. Show­go­ers able to re­sist the lure of the Englishthemed pub had plenty of stands ded­i­cated to UK clas­sics, in­clud­ing this dis­play from the Hol­land branch of the Mor­gan Sports Car Club. Among the se­lec­tion of clas­sics be­ing sold at this year’s show by the Nether­lands-based Hooper In­ter­na­tional was this 1975 Rolls-Royce Ca­mar­gue, which could have been yours for €34,000 (£27,716). If you fan­cied driv­ing home in a Tri­umph GT6, Dutch spe­cial­ist RG Clas­sics was sell­ing this 1971 model for €15,700 (£12,335). Hol­land’s love af­fair with Bri­tish ve­hi­cles ex­tends to the cars which show­go­ers brought to Rosmalen. In the park­ing area out­side the venue we spot­ted this Rover P6 3500, Rover 25, Alexan­der Boucke’s Mae­stro 1.3SL and Rover 3500 Van­den Plas. Fresh from a visit to Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Restora­tion and Clas­sic Car Show, this 1963 Rover 110 headed to the Nether­lands with Sur­rey dealer Hurst Park. It’s still for sale, for £13,995. While all of Rosmalen’s clas­sics were Bri­tish, not all were made in the UK. Star of the Mor­ris Mi­nor Club Nether­lands’ stand was this MM model built in Hol­land by Mole­naar. There were lots of great deals in the halls this year, in­clud­ing this scruffy but com­plete Rover P4 ‘Cy­clops’, which was priced at just €3150 – less than £2500 at cur­rent ex­change rates. There’s a very good rea­son why this Bent­ley T1 was look­ing a lit­tle mucky. It had just com­peted in the ROZ Clas­sic, one of the Nether­lands’ big­gest clas­sic car tours.

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