November. It means only one thing, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC.
Having attended the two previous years we looked forward to our short trip toward Birmingham on a rather chilly Saturday morning.
Walking in one of the many entrances our eyes fixated upon a gaggle of classic Mustangs. One of them i had never before seen in the flesh, a rather pointy Mach 1 Mustang from 1973. Looking resplendent in red with black detailing, it was showroom fresh not a mark on the paintwork.
Next to it sat a gorgeous white and blue striped ’65 GT350 spinning round on a plinth. I was in love.
Moving through the halls we soon stumbled upon the Film Cars littered throughout the show.
First up was Kitt, talking away to the crowds and still pulling in lots of punters. Next up was the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, after that Doc Browns beloved DeLorean, followed by a Dodge Charger and yet another Stang…this time from the classic Bullitt.
As ever Sporting Bears were on hand to give you a dream ride in anything from….an MX-5 to an Audi R8. Naturally there is a sliding scale on tariffs, but it’s all for a good cause and the lower prices mean anyone can get in on the experience.
We finally came across Silverstone Auctions. This year was a bit of a Porsche fest with many on display for even more ludicrous prices than last year.
A few notable cars were a last minute DeLorean and a Jaguar XJ220 that used to be owned by the Royal Family of Brunei – it went on to sell for a staggering £247,500 and is now off on its way to Singapore!
Meguiars naturally had some stunning stock from the 2014 Players Classic, our favourite was a Baja type dune buggy VW Beetle. Fenderless with menacing green headlights and bright chrome bodywork you could literally eat your dinner off of it – clean wasn’t the word!
Walking through the vast 82,000 square feet of show there was something for everyone. From the inaugural showcase of the Jaguar Heritage stand, to the latest Porsche machinery, classic Peugeot 202’s and commemorative WW1 set pieces – there was something for everyone.
One of our favourites was the ‘Barn Find’ set up of an Isetta bubble car, complete with straw it was surrounded by spares and up on blocks. The little displays like this really do make this event unique, it brings about a museum aspect to far flung corners of the NEC you would never normally expect.
Having walked through the halls twice we made one last pass…the amount of cars and displays we had missed was ridiculous! It makes you wonder where your eyes have been all day!
Next year they are planning to increase the size to over 93,000 square feet…we cannot wait!