71,000 vis­i­tors (up by 1000 on last year), 256 clubs and 2500 clas­sics on dis­play, £5.8 mil­lion auc­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This week -

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.

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