Holland's classic show for Anglophiles marks its 25th anniversary.
Anglophiles’ event marks its 25th anniversary with club displays and English pub
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.