The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, will hit the City of Birmingham from 10-12 November 2017. The event is widely considered to be the Biggest and Best Classic Motor Show in the UK, welcoming enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond to share their passion for classics.
Birmingham NEC will witness a diverse mix of marques, showcased by 270 classic car and bike clubs from across the UK displaying rare and loved classics that span more than 100 years. As well as a fantastic number of vehicles, you can also visit the UK’s biggest indoor Autojumble, a haven of parts and spares for anyone working on their car, as well as 650 specialist exhibitors and traders, offering a mix of products and services.
Discovery Live Stage
This years Discovery Live Stage will be a hub of activity, even more so this year as ‘Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer and new mechanic Ant Anstead deliver an all-day, high octane motoring feeding frenzy for the expected bumper crowd.
Wheeler Dealers has become one of the most successful ‘motoring’ shows on the planet, which sees Mike Brewer buying unappreciated classics at a snip, then bringing them back to the workshop for his trusty new compatriot mechanic, Ant Anstead to repair and subsequently reaping a tidy profit.
A full daily programme of motoring entertainment will include ‘Ant’s Practical Challenge‘ where the dynamic duo and the team from Practical Classics magazine, are thrown a box of parts, that will hopefully be transformed into an operational car – by Sunday!
Silverstone Classic Rumble Auction
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 Classic Rumble. Team Mike and Ant have worked tirelessly on their chosen car, which will ultimately see both going into a live auction on Saturday 11th November.
Mike’s chosen beneficiary is the Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation, whose aim is to raise awareness and funding for research into Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis, a complicated disease that is characterised by the inflammation of the small blood vessels. All the money raised from the sale of this exquisite 1989 Ford Escort Cabriolet XR3i in Radiant Red will go to the foundation.
Mike’s chosen XR3i, which was donated by Jim Crawford (the foundation founder and brother of Marie Boyd), is one of the most sought after present day classics.
Mike Brewer stated categorically:
“Fast Fords are big news at the moment, the XR3i is now a sought-after collectible classic and to get the chance to do this one is exciting. My car will win because it’s a usable everyday classic that will turn heads! There’s no need to be precious with an XR3i, just run it and drive it.”
Ant’s chosen charity is Harrison’s Fund, which was set up by Alex Smith, a family friend of Ant’s. Alex’s son, Harrison, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the charity was set up to help fund research and awareness of the disease. All the money raised from the sale of this outstanding 1950’s inspired Grand Prix racer will go to the foundation.
Ant commented on his choice of restoration saying:
“Cars are my passion, it’s what makes me tick. And while their primary function is a mode of transport I wanted to see past that and build a complete one-off, a toy. Something that was built with love and passion that still pulls the heartstrings. An original GP period single seater would cost millions, so I built one inspired by an age of motor racing that is sure to capture one person’s heart. I hope that person bids big for this unique car!”
Although its a close call, our prediction sits comfortably with Ant Anstead, simply because the 1950’s Grand Prix racer has presence and integrity. That said the XR3i could score big if the right punter happens to be in the house or online at the time of auction – we will see soon enough!
Following the two headliner cars from the two boys, there is a full auction lot list with more than 100 classic cars, modern sports cars, historic motorbikes, luxury watches and automobilia.
Another car worthy of mention is a 1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Wheeler Dealers replica rally car (lot 303), which Mike Brewer and former co-host ‘Big Ed’ created. Finding an unfinished project developed from a very solid 1978 MK II shell with a 2-litre Pinto engine, the Wheeler Dealers team transformed the car into a Ford Escort RS2000 evocation that could compete in rally events (Estimate (£): 15,000 – 20,000).
All of which will all go under the hammer over two days on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November.
2016’s sale was a phenomenal success. Silverstone Auctions broke several world records and achieved its best ever result at the show, with 80 per cent of the vehicles on offer successfully sold, with a total sales value of £5.8million.
Last years highlights included Silverstone Auctions being joined by Channel 4, Ant Anstead, Phil Glenister and the team from ‘For the Love of Cars’ to see the very special 1958 ex-Chris Barber Lotus Elite Series I sell for a new record auction price of £121,500.
Auction Running Order
Saturday 11th November 2017
101-162 : Motoring Memorabilia and Automobilia
201-219 : Watches
301-366 : Cars
Sunday 12th November 2017
401-461 : Automobilia
501-519 : Watches
601-668 : Cars and Bikes
The full auction list can be seen here.
Image courtesy of Silverstone auctions