The 30th edition of the Classic Motor Show, with new title sponsor Lancaster Insurance


Ferrari 512 BBi s/n 38625 ... since Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona prices are on the rise and already above the €600,000 mark ... 512 BB's are now the only affordable Ferrari Classic Super Cars Cars

Ferrari 512 BBi s/n 38625 ... since Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona prices are on the rise and already above the €600,000 mark ... 512 BB's are now the only affordable Ferrari Classic Super Cars Cars

 

Birmingham, 15 – 17 November 2013

The 30th edition of the Classic Motor Show, with new title sponsor Lancaster Insurance, was held over the weekend of 15 – 17 November at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. The show, which started with just two halls at its inception in 1984, has grown substantially over the years, to fill eleven halls in 2013, with 82,000 square metres of exhibition space in total. Over the three days, the show attracted around 65,000 visitors to see over 1500 cars and 300 motorcycles, in what is Britain’s largest and most popular classic car show.

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As was the case in 2012, the layout of the halls was in the form of, what could probably be best described as, a large letter C, with a Classic Motorcycle section, featuring  the always popular Wall of Death display, occupying the central part of the vertical bar. The show provided visitors with virtually everything that one could imagine in the classic car world, whether it be a new classic purchase through one of the many vendors or the Silverstone Auction, through a whole raft of accessories and spare parts, to scale models books and literature. The show also featured a live restoration theatre, where visitors could see a restoration in progress, and gauge the degree of detail that goes into a thorough bare bones restoration.

There were around 125 single marque and model club stands, with a wide variety of vehicles spanning almost the whole history of motorised vehicles of all types and sizes, including commercial, military, family saloons, sports cars, right up to the 2010 Jaguar C-X75 hybrid Concept Car. This is not what one might classify as a classic yet, but provided a nice foil to the classic Jaguars on the Jaguar Classic Parts stand, and attracted large crowds on interested spectators. There were a surprising number of California “Barn Find” cars around the vendor stands, including an Austin Healey Sprite and a Jaguar XK 120. There were also a number of classic police cars on display, better here than in your rear view mirror, not only on the Police Vehicle Enthusiasts Club stand, but also in numerous other single marque/model club displays.

Some of the special features of the show this year were a celebration of the centenary of the Morris marque, plus a visit from David Soul, he of Starsky & Hutch TV series fame, with the famous red and white Gran Torino, who was on the Wheeler Dealers Live Stage on both Saturday and Sunday, to which Sir Stirling Moss was another visitor. There was also the ever popular Dream Ride feature, where visitors could be taken for a 10 mile drive in a classic or sports car, for a minimum Ł10 contribution to the Sporting Bears Charity, with around 1,000 rides being given over the course of the weekend. That’s pretty good value, when compared to taxi fares!

If there was an award for the Best Magazine stand display, it would have to have gone to Classic & Sportscar magazine , with their triangular stand at the entrance to Hall 9, featuring a quartet of cars owned by the “Fab Four”, aka The Beatles. The cars, an Aston Martin DB6, an Iso Fidia, a Facel Vega Facel II and a Dino 246 GTS, had featured in a recent issue of the magazine, and were displayed against a Merseyside backdrop, with life-size cardboard cut-outs of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Apart from many classic models familiar to most British enthusiasts there were a wide selection of American cars on display, together with some stunning examples of the art of the Hot Rod and Custom Car. Supercars are always popular, whatever their age, and there were a trio on the Ferrari Owners’ Club stand, a F40, a F50 and an Enzo, whilst the Bugatti Owners’ Club stand featured a lurid black and orange Veyron surrounded by pre-war examples of the marque. There were also some, what may best described as “oddballs”, like an Anadol A8 from Turkey, an ex-Fangio IKA Torino 380S from Argentina, and numerous British “Special” builders wares long since consigned to the history books, like Arkley, Ashley, Cannon, Fairthorpe, Rochdale and Turner. Once again a truly diverse show, with so much to see, that you really needed a weekend ticket to appreciate everything on offer.

Ferrari Models on Display 

Model

Colour

Chassis #

Ferrari Owners’ Club

365 GTS (LHD)

Red/Black

12307

328 GTS

Red-White Stripe/Black

63429

F40

Red/Red

88139

F50

Red/Red-Black

106735

360 Spider

Blue Met’/Black

130199

Enzo

Red/Tan

134602

430 Spider 16M

White-Tric’ St’s/Black

166407

Spellbound Cars

330 GT 2+2 S1 (LHD)

Grey Met’/Beige

6581

360 Spider

Blue Met’/Beige

138949

Runneymede Motor Company

512 TR

Red/Cream

94346

F355 Spider (LHD)

Red/Black

110046

Longstone Tyres

308 GTB

White/Black

19385

Herts Classic Car Storage

308 GTBi “Dino Look-Alike”

Red/Cream

38425

Meguiar’s Concours Display

208 Turbo

Red/Cream-Red

42283

Midland Automobile Club

308 GTB

Red/Red-Black

20891

Silverstone Auctions

512 BBi (LHD)

Red/Black-Grey

38625

512 TR

Red/Black

101421

Classic & Sportscar “Beatles Cars Display”

Dino 246 GTS

Yellow/Black

08598

Note: LHD only mentioned for cars available in both LHD & RHD form, all other cars apart from those only available in LHD form, were RHD.

Keith Bluemel          
11/2013