Bumper crowds and smiling faces were the order of the weekend as the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery delivered a high octane motoring extravaganza for it’s enthusiastic classic devotees at the Birmingham NEC, November 10-12 2017.
Promoted as the ‘Biggest and Best Classic Motor Show in the UK’ enthusiasts were welcomed from all over the UK and beyond to share their devoted passion for gleaming classics. Well over 2,500 distinguished cars and motorbikes covered a well organised floor-space of over one million square feet.
With visitor expectations running so high the show needed to deliver, which it certainly did on most if not all platforms. The Glossy souvenir provided a well documented schedule of activity and display blueprint, essential for those like us who were only attending the busy Saturday programme. Viewing and floor-space was efficiently divided into 5 halls, the fifth being the largest where the busy Discovery Live Stage was situated.
With a whole host of classic clubs, stands and displays to visit our single day excursion seemed almost impossible to achieve without a speedy golf buggy! Beauties on display included the millionth Morris Minor dressed in vivd lilac, an outstanding 1969 Ford Capri MK1 1600 in Amber Gold, and the largest range of the glorious E-type Jaguars your average ‘big cat’ fan would die for.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance said of the experience:
“This weekend is always a highlight for us and we cant wait to meet you all. The family ties theme is the perfect choice for us to acknowledge and celebrate car clubs, the heartbeat of our industry, and we have some incredible members’ cars being showcased on our stand.
“We would like to say a big thank you to the owners for lending them to us for the weekend!”
Leading up to this years Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead were set a challenge to go head to head in a charity #ClassicRumble. Team Mike and Ant had worked tirelessly on their chosen car, which saw both going into the live auction on Saturday.
The Silverstone Auction area was a hive of activity as both candidates stood up in turn to ‘sell’ their restored pride and joy. Mikes car a 1989 Ford XR3i, in aid of the Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation, whilst Ant Anstead brought a favoured 1950’s Grand Prix inspired racer to aid the Harrison Funds charity.
Both charities will be pleased to learn that following frantic bidding on the Discovery Live stage, the eventual outcome resulted in ‘classic equilibrium’ with both fantastic vehicles fetching £22,500 respectively. Full auction results can be found here.
Wow….simply wow! To everyone involved…..
— Lancaster Insurance (@Lancaster_Ins) November 11, 2017
Pride And Joy
Another show feature was the The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership, which is a celebration of owners with their classic pride and joy embracing similar enthusiastic stories. From cars being found as tired old wrecks and restored to former glory, or a single owner throughout it’s entire lifetime.
Classic Car Awards
The classic car awards was a great way to recognise those who have gone the extra mile in their respective areas, such as club, media, magazines, rally, events, club stands and of course the special awards.
Ant Anstead was up on stage with Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance to reward the following categories.
- Most Improved Club Magazine: The Cats Whiskers – Sunbeam Tigers owner club
- Club Magazine of the Year: Two Four – The magazine of the 924 owners club
- Best Club Run/Rally: Yorkshire Dales Figaro Rally
- Best Club Show Event: Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival – Jaguar Enthusiasts Club
- Most Interesting Selection of Cars: Lancia Motor Club, Beta Boyz & Monte-Carlo Consortium
- Best Themed Club Stand: Morris Minor Owners Club
- Best Small Club Stand: Frisky Register
- Best Medium Club Stand: Vanden Plas Owners’ Club
- Best Large Club Stand: Bugatti Owners’ Club
- Classic & Sports Car Special Award: Tim Sisson’s 1958 Edsel Bermuda Station Wagon
- Car of the Show: Bernard Holmes’ 1913 De Dion-Bouton Type EF
- Best Contribution of a Youngster: Chloe Parker, Triumph Sports Six Club
- Best Contribution to Charity: Regis Classic Tour – organised by the Bognor Regis Motor Club
- Club of the Year: TVR Car Club
- Club Personality of the Year: Mike Maher, Rover Sports Register
- Lancaster Insurance Club Initiative of the Year: Ginetta Owners’ Club
A magical action packed classical adventure, where unless your name is Clark Kent, a one-day excursion is akin to visiting London with a small back-pack. That said you will get the ‘feel’ and most likely embrace the lovable nostalgia that hangs in the classical air around the Birmingham NEC.