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There were so many land­marks to cel­e­brate at this year’s Lan­caster In­surance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show, with Dis­cov­ery and the show’s ‘Built to Last’ theme had been clev­erly in­ter­preted in a num­ber of imag­i­na­tive ways. From the Veteran Car Club’s emo­tive ‘Com­ing Home’ trib­ute to the end of the Great War to a mix of re­source­ful dis­plays re­flect­ing the show’s theme, this year’s event, which took place on Novem­ber 9-11, con­tin­ues to push the bound­aries and was def­i­nitely the big­gest so far.

Over one mil­lion square feet of show space at Birm­ing­ham’s NEC was packed with in­ter­est­ing dis­plays and this pres­ti­gious event not only saw the world’s big­gest gath­er­ing of ve­hi­cle clubs (a whop­ping 300 in to­tal), but also a colour­ful new hall, over 650 spe­cial­ist traders and ex­hibitors, a whole host of mo­tor­ing celebri­ties, and, most im­por­tantly, 3000 cars of all shapes and sizes.

No event en­com­passes the di­ver­sity and sheer size of the clas­sic car scene bet­ter than this one and it was lit­tle sur­prise that more than 71,000 vis­i­tors were in at­ten­dance over the three days. From veteran cars to Group B rally mon­sters, the va­ri­ety seems to get bet­ter each year, with more clubs rep­re­sented and both mod­ern and mod­i­fied clas­sics tak­ing their po­si­tion along­side more tra­di­tional show-pieces.

This sea­son clos­ing event is al­ready the world’s largest in­door gath­er­ing of in­door car clubs and next year the Lan­caster In­surance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show will cel­e­brate its 35th out­ing. The date for your di­aries is :

Novem­ber 8-10, 2019. In the mean­time, here are some of our high­lights from a mem­o­rable 2018 event.

The po­ten­tial fu­ture of the clas­sic car scene was show­cased with two elec­tric MGs. Stafford­shire RBW Clas­sic Elec­tric Cars un­veiled its elec­tric Road­ster, which used a Bri­tish Mo­tor Her­itage MGB bodyshell, while over on the MG Car Club Stand, Retro-EV had brought along its stun­ning bat­tery-pow­ered MGA all the way over from Fin­land.

With cars rang­ing from a con­cours Mini Trav­eller to a Daim­ler Con­quest Road­ster and a Dat­sun Blue­bird, the Pride of Own­er­ship showed a level of di­ver­sity seen on few other stands. Ant An­stead pre­sented the award to win­ner Rob Sar­gent for his 1969 Ford Cortina Sav­age.

The di­ver­sity of cars is in­creas­ing all the time. It’s hard to imag­ine this mod­i­fied Mini Club­man or a heav­ily ‘stanced’ Hill­man Imp be­ing a part of the show a few years ago, but the show is cater­ing for a wider au­di­ence all the time – es­sen­tial if the scene is to at­tract new blood.

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