The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show ended the season in style with over 71,000 visitors, well over 300 motoring clubs and the usual 3000 classic cars attending the three-day classic automotive 35th celebration at Birmingham’s NEC.
This year’s show ‘Top Trumps’ theme was embraced by the 300 motoring clubs in attendance with many cars featuring on their own classic card. Visitors crowded around headline sponsor Lancaster Insurance’s stand to buy their special edition pack.
Show Director Lee Masters said: “We are delighted to have welcomed so many enthusiasts and those in the industry to the show this year, especially in the current climate. Huge thanks as always to the motoring clubs who all put on tremendous displays, all our partners and exhibitors, and our amazing guests who brought the house down on the Live Stage.”
Classic Motor Show – Live Stage Entertainment
Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer hosted a wealth of entertaining motoring talent on the Discovery Live Stage with Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars’ Drew Pritchard and Paul Cowland, and the Goblin Works Garage team Jimmy De Ville, Helen Stanley and Ant Partridge appearing over the weekend.
They were joined by BTTC driver Jason Plato and Shed and Buried star Henry Cole as well as fantastic car parades and the three-day restoration of a Jaguar E-Type.
Of the sixteen stunning vehicles on the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, it was Dave Rippard’s 1959 Morris Mini Minor that received the top honours and the crystal trophy. The judges had meticulously inspected the cars in one of the closest results to date.
Pride of Ownership
The hotly contested Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition saw 20 diverse cars in the final but it was Ted Brooke’s 1961 Morris Minor Million that lifted the winner’s trophy. Voted for by the visitors, second place went to Ian Cummins’ 1991 Mazda MX-5 while Tahmid Haque’s 1988 BMW E30 325i Sport came third.