This year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show was an excellent finale to the 2016 show season. A new record number of 71,000 visitors headed into the vast halls of the NEC to see over 270 club stands or shop for the cars, spares and tools on sale.
Themed ‘Heroes and Heroines’ for this year, the visitors certainly got a lot to see from the enormous SSC Bloodhound show car down to a humble and rusty Morris 1100 bought for £60 in 2007 and pressed into daily service.
One car which certainly fitted that theme was Mr. Kiang’s 1932 Rolls Royce Phantom II from Malaysia – the car had caught fire on the 2016 Peking to Paris Rally and only continued to the end thanks to the sheer dedication of the owner.
The Austin Maxi Owners Club, usually struggling a bit with heroic themes, had the original 1970 Daily Mail World Cup London to Mexico Rally Maxi (below) – now back in the ownership of the original driver Bronwyn Burrell and team-mate Tina Kerridge, they are preparing to take the car rallying again next year.
AROnline’s favourites got to win both the Meguiar’s Club Showcase with Andy Nash’s 1966 Mini Traveller and the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership contest with James Cribb’s 1989 Austin Metro City.
Plenty of birthday parties were held, like the 30th Anniversary of the launch of the Rover 800 range, the 50th Anniversary of the Morris 1100 Estate or the 40th Anniversary of the Morris Minor Owners Club.
Another notatable exhibit was a long row of five original ‘Heinz 57’ Wolseley Hornet Crayford Cabriolet – mostly including the orignal picnic hamper and accessories 50 years after the raffle.
We met visitors from USA, Netherlands, Germany and Italy – all enjoying the wide choice of British cars on display. Compared to last year, the club areas appeared better arranged, with a larger proportion of the total area devoted to clubs and autojumble than at other shows.
The 2016 Classic Motor Show proved to be an excellent day out – even though there was too much to see in a just one day. The 2017 event will be held from 10-12 November.