Review: British Cars and Lifestyle
Jaguars and MGs compete with red telephone boxes at a quintessentially British show – in the Netherlands
The sight of red telephone boxes and Metropolitan Police bobbies in the heart of the Netherlands wasn’t enough to overshadow the Jaguars, MGs and Triumphs wowing the crowds at this two-day celebration of British classics.
The constraints of the Autotron indoor halls limited the number of classics on display to 172 – but more than 25 clubs were represented, as well as dealers from across Europe. Club highlights included a mock-up of the British countryside – including two TR7s – from TR Club Holland, a motorsport-themed display from Englese Ford Club Nederland (which included a rally-prepared Anglia 105E and Escort MkI) and the Rover Club of Holland’s 75-themed stand, which brought together a 1949 Cyclops with a 2004 75 Club V6.
But the number of classics at the venue was easily doubled by visitors’ cars on display outside – check out our Facebook page to see the best.
Event director Martin de Vries says the show was noticeably busier than in 2016, with many visitors coming from across Europe – and Germany in particular.
‘ We have a huge market for British cars here and magazines covering them, so the show is a lot stronger than when it started in 1992.
‘A big part of it is the lifestyle element, which means the event has a very big female following too, which is a big part of its success.’
Thalysa Geurts and Shadee Acton were promoting the British Race Festival – a vintage revival in Zandvoort, Holland on 8-9 July.
Peter ten Bruggencate and Peter Plasmanas of the TR Club Holland say this 1979 Triumph TR7 is an underrated car and drivng it is a unique experience. Owner Peter, right, says the design is what makes it so special.
RIGHT Robbert, Lieke and Mertien de Bie of the Austin A30-A35 Eigenaren Club show off their 1949 Austin A90 Atlantic, 1957 A35 saloon and 1961 A35 Countryman respectively. The Atlantic was discovered in Texas in its current state and Robbert hopes to rebuild the engine and chassis but retain the rustic body panels. The A35 saloon was also discovered as a stripped shell and Robbert managed to save it from the scrapheap. Ten years later, it’s in concours condition.