The NEC Classic – or to give it it’s full, and rather wordy title – The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery – creates a lot of pretty high expectations so has a lot to live up to. As an sort of unofficial marking at the end of the classic car show season you expect it to be good, offering the best of what the classic car world has to offer.
So it’s perhaps a good job that it really delivers. Spread across five halls of the National Exhibition Centre, this is a BIG show. There are around 2500 cars on display and really theres way more there than you can comfortably see in just one day. To take it all in properly needs at least two of the shows three days. So yes, its a big show.
Whatever your particular motoring passion then the NEC has something for you. Pre war, post war, modern classics – they are all here. If you want to spend money then there are parts, tools, model cars (ahem, well obviously) and numerous dealers selling a mouthwatering selection of cars plus Silverstone Auctions running their auctions of some spectacular cars – want to buy an 80’s Fast Ford and got £100k burning a hole in your pocket – dig a bit deeper. The utterly immaculate Sierra RS500 they were offering fetched a mind boggling £114k!.
As we’ve said before, one of the nicest things about the NEC (and other shows) for us the chance to meet people. As we are primarily an online business, the opportunity to get out and put faces to names and to actually meet people is one of the best bits of the entire weekend so we’d like to say a massive, massive thank you to everyone we met over the course of the weekend.
As ever with a busy show, we don’t get the opportunity to have that much of a look around the show but we did manage to see quite a lot of rather wonderful cars. Think that everything at car shows is shiny, pristine classics? Most certainly not – one of our favourite cars was a just about surviving Austin Atlantic. Terminally rusty but with a fascinating history having just been dragged (swept?) out of the garage it had spent the last forty something years quietly returning to the earth from whence it came. But there was plenty of the pristine, cherished classics too with many a traditional classic alongside more modern classics and even a few examples of things you wouldn’t imagine existed – concours condition Metro Van being but one example.
Anyway. It was a great show and we’ve already booked for next year. We can’t recommend it highly enough to you!
See you there 🙂