EVERYONE WINS AT THE NEC
71,000 visitors (up by 1000 on last year), 256 clubs and 2500 classics on display, £5.8 million auction
Enthusiasts were the focal point of this year’s event, with 256 clubs putting on a magnificent display. Along with 71,000 attendees – a thousand up on last year, making it the busiest NEC Classic Motor Show ever.
Of course manufacturers made their presence felt too, not in terms of numbers, but in terms of content. Vauxhall and Porsche were the most prominent –Vauxhall held its largest display and promised more and Porsche gave a great tribute to its transaxle machines, which are both cheaper and less well-sung than the emblematic 911.
Which fits in with the general ethos of the show. The unsung, the often overlooked, the unpopular. Countless wrongly forgotten marques are loved here – from Bitter to Wartburg, with even a Hillman or two in-between.
Best of the rest included Land Rover displaying an early ‘ Velar’ pre-production model, HERO showcasing its arrive and drive package for the first time at the NEC, as well as the British Motor Museum bringing three heroic models from Land Rover, Mini, and Wolseley. And then there’s the matter of the 2500 featured cars. David Simister, James Sadlier, Murray Scullion, David Brown, Nick Larkin, photography Chris Wynne
JAMES CRIBB’S 1989 AUSTIN METRO CITY PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP WINNER This was my wife’s car before she passed away and I couldn’t bring myself to scrap it. I was heartbroken so I began to restore the Metro myself. The paint on the handbrake had been worn off by my wife so I left that as it is, along with some coins in one of the storage compartments. The support I’ve had at the NEC is overwhelming. I don’t normally do car shows but after this I want to go to as many as I can.