The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, is the not-to-be-missed event for every classic car owner, collector, enthusiast, car club member or anyone with a passion for classic cars. This is the big one.
The show, now in its 35th year, ran from 8-10 November and brought together the world’s largest gathering of 300 car and motorcycle clubs with more than 3000 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles on display across seven halls at Birmingham’s NEC.
Photography: Sue Long, Michael Hayward, Keith Adams
NEC 2019: Rovers rule the roost
It’s been a year of AROnline-friendly anniversaries, with several of our favourite cars taking starring roles at Birmingham’s gloriously retro, and now well-lit National Exhibition Centre. At the 35th Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, the major classic car clubs put on some great spreads to celebrate some significant landmarks. No wonder more than 71,000 attended the traditional final show in the classic car calendar.
The Rover 200/400 Owners Club (above) managed to attract world famous stunt driver Russ Swift and ex-Rover PR guru Denis Chick, while the 1100 Club’s built to last theme was brilliant, but let’s not forget the Allegro Club International’s star turn of the Innocenti Regent 1300, which regular readers might remember being flagged up for sale by us. Well, it’s now in the UK in the hands of the Vicar of Longbridge and ACI Chairman, Colin Corke. We could go on, especially with more than 300 car clubs making it to Brum this year.
In other news, the Bit cars did well in the competitive elements of the show. Of the 16 cars on the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, it was Dave Rippard’s 1959 Morris Mini Minor which came out on top in a furiously competitive concours, while in the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition Ted Brooke’s 1961 Morris Minor Million came out on top in a field of 20 competitors. This was a true people’s choice, as it was held as the result of a vote by the show’s visitors.
And it’ll all take place again next year when the 2020 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, rolls into Brum on 13-15 November. For more information including when tickets go on sale, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.
Enjoy the pictures below – there are more to follow:
NEC Classic Motor Show Gallery