Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – NEC Birmingham, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November 2014
An early start for this one, 3.30am on Saturday morning, we must be mad or just Classic Ford fans.
Written by: Mark Roberts & Dave Anderson
We arrived at the NEC (Mark, Steve, John, Dave, Carl, and Vince) mid morning, once inside we headed to the auto jumble.
It was almost lunchtime before we got to look at any cars; this year was even bigger with halls 6-12 and 17-20 packed with over 1700 Classic Cars and related goodies.
It seemed the Ford hall was the busiest as we struggled to get close to some of the cars, the Capri Mk1 Owners Club had 3 stunning Capri’s, also the AVO club had some cool Escorts.
Mike Brewer and Ed China were on their live stage restoring Ed’s favourite – a VW Beetle. They also had some their best restored cars from their Wheeler Dealers shows, including a yellow Mk1 Escort which was bought locally here in Cornwall.
Saturday ended with Mark and Dave visiting the Silverstone auction where reportedly some of the celebs including Chris Evans, Nick Mason and Sir Stirling Moss were in attendance. Prices as we expected were high and we saw a 1994 Jaguar XJ220 with 6000 miles sell for £247,500 and a restored Parana Capri make £27,500.Earlier in the day a 1973 AVO Escort RS Mexico sold for £27,563, nearly £10,000 over the lower estimate.
Saturday evening was spent at a local Premier Inn with some good food and one or two beverages.
Sunday started with a big hearty breakfast, and then off to the NEC to catch up with what we missed on Saturday.
The American section had a great stand from the UK Mustang Club; some great cars both old and new had us drooling.
Show sponsor Lancaster Insurance had some famous movie Cars on their stand, including ECTO – 1 from Ghostbusters, K.I.T.T from Knight Rider and the Delorean from Back to the Future.
Once we had visited the rest of the halls, we had one more look at the Fords and the auto jumble and decided to leave at 2.30pm.