Maastricht starts with a flier

The con­ti­nent’s show sea­son opener in Hol­land prom­ises great things for the year ahead, with more visi­tors than ever be­fore

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - Alexan­der Boucke

De­spite heavy snow, the 24th InterClassics in Maastricht marked a great start for the 2017 sea­son in main­land Europe, with more than 26,600 visi­tors mak­ing the event - up from 25,000 in 2016.

The well or­gan­ised in­door event has earned a firm place on the clas­sic event cal­en­dar, with an in­creas­ing num­ber of Bri­tish fans trav­el­ling to Hol­land to en­joy the show.

There were two spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions at the heart of the show this year. For the 70th an­niver­sary of Fer­rari a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play show­ing cars of the Enzo Fer­rari era was put to­gether. The dis­play in­cluded the 1960 Fer­rari 250GT SWB Ber­linetta Com­pe­tizione, the 166 MM and the F40. The Fer­rari 500 Su­per­fast Speziale once owned by Prince Bern­hard of the Nether­lands was also dis­played.

The sec­ond big dis­play fea­tured the pres­ti­gious Fa­cel Vega mar­que, pre­sented by the Ami­cale Fa­cel show­ing an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of the com­plete range of all mod­els from the orig­i­nal FV, to the ul­tra rare AustinHealey-en­gined Fa­cel 6.

Clas­sics for sale were wide rang­ing, and with a bit of hag­gling, some­thing suit­able for ev­ery pocket was avail­able – from a ba­sic Citroën Visa to su­per­cars com­mand­ing high six-fig­ure prices. And af­ter years of ris­ing val­ues, prices of the tra­di­tional Bri­tish road­ster, the MGB, seem to have stalled on the Dutch mar­ket – good news for those look­ing for an af­ford­able clas­sic at this year’s show.

In be­tween the om­nipresent Porsche, Lam­borgh­ini and Fer­rari­crowd, plenty of 1960s and ‘70s fam­ily cars were look­ing for new own­ers. A slightly smaller area for club dis­plays and a va­ri­ety of au­to­jum­ble stalls rounded the show off.

’Clas­sics for sale were wide rang­ing – from a Visa to su­per­cars’

A 1965 Mor­ris Moke, mod­i­fied by Pavesi in Italy and in­clud­ing orig­i­nal wa­ter­ski and pic­nic set, car­ried a €38,500 price tag. A fill­ing sta­tion pro­vided a colour­ful set­ting for the Small BMW Club dis­play. This 1971 Mar­cos 3.0-litre was one of few non-com­pe­ti­tion cars on dis­play at the show. Af­ter­mar­ket sus­pen­sion firm Eibach brought this Mercedes-Benz 280 SL W113, show­ing the breadth of its range. Among the cars mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of Fer­rari was the 500 Su­per­fast Speziale with Royal con­nec­tions – it was for­merly owned by Prince Bern­hard of the Nether­lands. Ami­cale Fa­cel dis­played the com­plete range of mod­els from the French mar­que. All seven re­main­ing Lo­tus 49s were re­united for the show. EVENT RE­PORT Events di­ary - Brook­lands is the place for vin­tage ac­tion

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