A classic day out: The NEC Classic motorshow 2018
Over the weekend, in a large events hall on the outskirts of Birmingham, the NEC Classic Motorshow was in full swing - and boy, was it big - with a grand total of 71,000 people coming to look and purchase the classics on show over the 3 days.
Big isn't the word. Massive will just have to do, the NEC has 20 interconnected halls in the complex - the Motorshow covered 7 at least, if not more spaces. So what was in this vast show for us to enjoy this weekend just gone?
I would sit down for this, it's gonna be a long one!
Classics as far as the eye can see...
Well over 3,000 classic cars paraded on view for visitors of all ages, modern classics from the 1990s to pre-war vintage vehicles. Clubs from far and wide showed their colours, from the cheeky TVR owners to the Morgan owners of Great Britain - enjoying chit chat and a good cup of tea. Some stands and clubs even marked the 100 years remembrance on the Sunday with vehicles from the 1900s surrounded with red poppies and asking for donations for charity.
There were so many wonderful cars to choose from, so many that even many photo galleries won't be enough for all my photos from that one day. The ones that stole my heart will be released later during this week, so please keep your eyes open for that - the easy way is by joining my tribe for updates. For the meanwhile, here's a few to keep you wanting more.
Leading car dealerships held their stands nearby to the classic car clubs, they go hand in hand like chalk and cheese - Good customer service and information is king for the clubs. Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari and Jaguar were some of the big names that came to show off their classics too, keep an eye out for those articles over the next week.
Alongside those big boy companies, the trade and Autojumble zone was huge! Leathersmiths showing off classic custom chairs for your MG and parts companies for those headlamps you need for your Morris.
Or how's about just buying a new classic car? Sounds odd right? Some companies are making fully brand new classic styled cars and they will make it just how you want it. Suffolk Sportscars are just one of those companies. More and more of these companies have sprung up over the years and there is a very, very special one at the show. Keep your peepers open for that interview with Retro EV about their electric classics.
Silverstone auction house came along with their always exciting classic and supercar auction over the weekend. There was a smorgasbord of classics to choose from, up for grabs many Ferraris, Aston Martins and even a very hot 'Bullitt' Ford Mustang. Sadly for me, it had already been sold. Damn.
I even spotted the Aston Martin 'Oscar India' Vantage that I wrote about a few months ago, what a wonderful looking car, it was even better in the flesh. The collective amount sold at the auction this year is £4 million, the highest sale being a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon, going for £214,313. Ouch.
Something lovely to finish off...
A big part of events like this is to have fun, enjoying cars together, so why not raise money at the same time. Sporting Bear's dream rides offer you to have a ten-mile lap with one of their amazing drivers in a variety of sports cars, ranging from the new Ford ST to something exotic like an AC Cobra. Minimum donations are accepted and book in your time for a fun ride around in such amazing cars. This year, they have raised an amazing £31,600 - and a happy 1,000 rides to remember it by.
This was the one that I wanted to book out but sadly, he was fully booked all day long - no wonder, it sounded so good, what a perfect car. Since Sporting Bear started back in 1989, they have raised over £2 million for children's charities, so if you ever see them, help them out. They also have some help in the form of a tame racing driver. Some say, if you stare into his helmet for too long, you can see the future...
So, there you have it. There was so much stuff at the NEC Motorshow that even one article doesn't do it justice, so please keep your eyes open on my tribe for more coming up in the next week:
More about the clubs and their Morgans, Morrises, Fords and Ferraris to come. An interview about a Classic, yet modern EV company and more photos to come. Also, there will be a piece about the motorbikes of the show too, there just isn't room on here!
Now I know for next time, to stay for two days, it was massive!