The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, is the UK’s largest indoor classic event – a true replacement for the British Motor Show which was held here until 2004.
The show 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.
NEC 2022: Modern classics take centre stage
The NEC Classic has always been a showcase for the more run-of-the-mill classics that mere mortals can afford to aspire to – as well as run – and never has this been more truer than in 2022. Although we didn’t count the cars, it did feel that post-1980s cars were more numerous in Brum than ever before…
It’s been a year of AROnline-friendly anniversaries such as the Citroën BX and Ford Sierra, with several of our favourite cars taking starring roles at Birmingham’s gloriously retro National Exhibition Centre. The good news is that it’s running all weekend, so if you enjoy these images and are at a loose end, it’s well worth a trip down the M42.
Despite the growing dealer and auction areas as well as the ongoing live stage action, the clubs continue to be the backbone of the event with a great showing across the board. The big boys such as the MG Owners’ Club and the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club impressed with some very professional displays, while there were some quirky stands which really drew the eye.
Kudos to the Matra Ranchos (above) for getting into the spirit of the show with a lifestyle-themed display, while the record-breaking Rover Tomcat, which recently stretched its legs at Millbrook made a star appearance.
If you are thinking of going this weekend, bear in mind it’s an expensive do these days – £40 on Friday and £35 on Saturday and Sunday, while parking will set you back £16.50 for the day. Want food and that’s going to seriously dent your finances. Not a good look in these inflationary times – and there’s a real danger that the event is pricing itself off families’ social calendars during a cost-of-living crisis.
For more information including when tickets go on sale, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.
Enjoy the pictures below:
NEC Classic Motor Show Gallery
BMC, Leyland and Rover
Some wonderful Fords
We love the sheer number and variety of Fords, but it was difficult finding any that didn’t have their bonnets up…
Vauxhalls galore in Brum
Rootes beauties and other Brits
And last, but not least, les étrangers