Lancaster Classic Motor Show: Classic Car Heaven at the NEC

The Lancaster Classic Motor Show returned to Birmingham NEC with an amazing array of classic cars and bikes on show, filling 5 halls. The theme of this years show was ‘Family Ties’ and the interpretations of that theme didn’t disappoint. From nostalgic family cars to family businesses, to a display including the Williams FW08 of Keke Rosberg and Williams FW30 of Nico Rosberg. The theme ran strong throughout the three day event.

In attendance was the prestigious Silverstone Auctions, with a large selection of lots including the 1968 Jensen Interceptor Mk1 that had belonged to Eric Morecambe

which sold for £95,625 a 1990 Audi Quattro Turbo that sold for £69,750 and a Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 which sold for an incredible £112,500.

In the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition, 20 finalists fought it out to take the sought after trophy and in a public vote take the title of Best in Show. That honour went to Simon McNamara with his fully restored 1983 VW Golf GTi Mk1.

Also competing were the 16 finalists in the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, the car care brand sponsored the competition which saw marques such as an E Type Jag rub shoulders with a Pontiac Wagon, Wolseley Hornet and eventual winner a stunning Mini Cooper.

Among the many car clubs present was The Porsche 924 Owners Club, who displayed a fantastic selection of owners cars alongside the Porsche Club of Great Britain. The club were fresh from winning the Classic Car Magazine, Club Magazine of the year.

Just one of the cars on display was the 1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GTP which raced at Le Mans, driven by Tony Dron and Andy Rouse, finishing in 12th place.

The car which had been in storage at the Porsche museum at Stuttgart was worked on by four UK Porsche Classic centres bringing the car back to life including a period correct GTP engine and the hand painted decals restored.

With tentative plans to have the car shown more widely over next year, it’s hoped it will be possible to see the stunning example back out on track sooner rather than later.

Porsche Club of Great Britain were also celebrating the 40th year of the 928 and on display was the 1978 928 which has competed in various Historic Sports Car Club events this year, entered by the UK Porsche Classic centres, with 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Atwood at the wheel.

The 928 was the final transaxle Porsche model, intended to replace the 911, the 928 did not initially gain the sales anticipated but went on to attract a loyal following over and beyond its 18 year production run.

At the NEC celebrating the re-launch of their historic oil brand was Duckhams. The heritage company which launched in 1899 was behind the invention of the first ever multigrade oil, Duckhams Q in 1951.

The brand, which was a huge part of the motoring industry, initially focuses on delivering oils for classic vehicles before expanding into modern vehicles and motorsport, the company having had a long association with Formula Ford, launching the career of Nigel Mansell, David Coulthard and Ayrton Senna among others.

Among familiar faces at the show was Ant Anstead and Mike Brewer launching the latest series of Wheeler Dealers, and Car SOS presenter Fuzz Townshend on hand to meet and greet fans on the Frost Restoration stand.

 

All things two wheeled weren’t excluded with a fantastic selection of classic bikes on display, with clubs present including Clifford Arms Classic Bike and Car Club, Royal Enfield Owners Club, Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club and the UK Honda Turbo Association.

In the Comet Classics Pride of Ownership competition there were over 30 entries including a display of eight Honda MBX 125’s in all the available paint combinations. But the win went to a 1922 Harley Davidson JD.

 

Allison Remzi    Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick