NEC Classic Car Show – Show Report

Where do you start with a show this big?

I guess in Hall 1.  The wonderful ‘Lancaster Insurance’ display was a must visit as was Jensen Owners Club.  Porsche were very well represented as were Mercedes. Ferrari, Lamborghini & GT40 displays could be found here as well as the Meguiar’s stand.

Hall 2 had the Silverstone Auction which had a fabulous variety of classics for sale including some charity vehicles such as the “Practical Classics Magazine” VW camper van which featured in this month’s issue and was eventually sold for £14,000, all of which was donated to Prostate Cancer UK.

The various Jaguar clubs and suppliers were well represented as were Land Rover & Range Rover.

Hall 3 boasted the ‘Pride of Ownership’ display as well as various Classic Car Dealers selling some fine examples as well as a small Autojumble / Trader Village. There was a larger one still to be found!

There was an interesting section on Commercial Classics to enjoy as well.

Hall 4 was a popular destination as it housed the ‘Automobillia’ and tools.  Predictably, I spent quite a bit of time and a little cash here.  There are very few activities as enjoyable as rummaging round tables upon tables of car parts looking for that elusive spare that’s holding up your restoration or finding that old oil can that will just look great on a shelf in your garage.  It was titled the ‘Restoration Hall’ and as well as the above, also included the ‘Practical Classics Restoration Theatre’ where you could grab a seat and pick up some skills.

There were old petrol pumps too that, whilst gorgeous, cost more than some cars I’ve bought…..

Hall 5 was my point of entry and the FBHVC stand greeted you on the way in (it’s so good that a separate post will describe it next Monday!) It also had the ‘Silverstone Bike Auctions’, Sporting Bears Dream Rides, The Discovery+ Live Stage and of course the Wheeler Dealers Stand (as well as many, many classics on display)

Hall 8 was well worth a visit if you are a ‘Fast Ford’ fan with an unrivalled selection of XR & RS variant blue ovals – It was rightly very busy whenever I visited it but well worth the time.

There are three videos below to give you a flavour of the event and who knows, maybe tempt you to attend next November (or even the ‘Resto Show’ in Spring 2022!

Enjoy !

NEC Classic Car Show “Walkaround” video

Mike Brewer opening the 2021 NEC Classic Car Show

“Wheeler Dealers” Interview

All the best,

Tony

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