Classic Cars & Restoration Show, Birmingham, England 2019 – What to Expect?

The Classic Cars Show held in the city of Birmingham on 22 – 24 March 2019 is the Spring’s best classic cars and restoration show in the UK.   There were incredible collections from about 350 plus exhibitors including over 100 classic and sports car clubs.   The exhibits ranged from  sports cars, family luxury cars, vintage and collectible cars.  It include restored cars from different car manufacturers, which have now ceased to operate.  Here’s few designs and make from the massive display. (cover photo – Lotus cars)

 

If you have watched the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie you’ll probably recognize this one.  It’s a tribute to  Ian Fleming’s  children novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, which was first published in the UK in 1964, and later became a movie in 1968.  This replica in the show is owned by Master car restorer Richard Skinner.  The modern day Caractacus has nearly finished his own dream car.

 

 

Here’s a gorgeous blue 1948 Allard KI (151 Made 1947 – 1950).  The body was built for Allard Factory by Abbott.   This was supplied new to Tates of Leeds on June 1948.   Then it was bought by a gentleman called Mel Herman in 2007 and within 12 years it has been completely stripped, upgraded and restored.   It is now powered by a 5.4 litre OHV Cadillac 331 engine.  This particular model has been rebuilt with new forged pistons by Venolia from 2618 alloy heat treated to T6 for extra strength.  (info source: its exhibitors)

 

 

A sleek and sassy white Marcos classic car.  Marcos Engineering was a British sports cars manufacturers founded in 1959 and was out of the business in 2007. For more information about its makers’ rocky road history please see here.

 

 

A classic 1970 Ford Mustang Sportsroof.   Specs on the paper on the windshields reads:  “302 C.I. Original engine/gearbox.  Listed at Mustang Grabber Registry.  Grabber Special Value Package. Deluxe Marti Report. Chrome Magnum 500 wheels. Grabber Orange paint.  1 of 818 in this color code. Holley 600 carburetor.  Edelbrock Performer Manifest.  New Brightwork. Only one in the UK.”  I have to Google most of what are written here.  I’m definitely learning something new.  In actual it looked gorgeous, elegant and has a quiet confidence, like a gentleman that women will have a second look 🙂

 

 

This year, Morgan Sports Car Club celebrates 110 years since  HFS Morgan made its first car in 1909.  Themed as ‘An Enduring Passion’, the Club showcased five cars ranging from 1930 to 2010. (source:  the show’s magazine)

This black Morgan was first registered in September 1966.  The car was bought directly from the factory at a basic price of £880.00 plus add-ons;  to a total price of just over £1,000.  It has been used by the original owner for commuting.  It has been to most of Western Europe and Poland.  It also has completed the 2001 Morgan Tour de France and 25 laps of the Le Mans Circuit.  It has served many weddings.  Currently it has done more than 360,000 miles and considered as the Morgan unit with the highest mileage in the UK so far.  The current owner is the son of the first owner.  Pretty much a family heirloom. (Specs info source:  exhibitors’ display tag).

 

 

“Gulf” Ford GT40 MK1 replica by GTD.  SVA/IVA’s registered GTD September 2001, only has 5,500 miles from new. Finished in stunning Gulf racing livery.  Powered by Ford 351 Cleveland V8.  The price at the show was £79,995.00  For more information, contact the exhibitors at  here.

 

 

This pretty little yellow car from the same exhibitor as the “Gulf” is a 2013  Lancia Stratos Replica; with a tag price of £59,995  This was one of my favorite designs.  The body looks cute but sharp and mysterious.

 

 

The Car Auction

There was an auction at the event.  Many cars were in the auction area for prospective buyers to inspect.  You have to pay to get in the fenced section where the auction stage was.  Some people, including myself were just happy watching at the board outside the fence as the auction went on.  It was an interesting experience to wait and see what a particular car get sold at.  Here’s three of the many that were sold at the show.

 

Driving Experience for Charity

Visitors are able to drive their dream sports car at the show for a small donation.

About the organizer:

The “Bears”, as we are affectionately known, are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with the primary aim – to raise money for children’s charities through our own social and touring events, and to support other charitable events.  It is to the club’s credit that annual subscriptions support the club overheads thus allowing all monies raised from Dream Rides and other events to be directed towards the selected charities.  Since the Club was formed in 1989 we have been very active and have raised over £2,000,000 for children’s charities in the UK. – Sporting Bears

The dreamdrive yard

 

 

The Workshop

Being a restoration show, the event included a workshop for restoring and maintaining classic cars, sponsored by        Skills Shack.  One exhibitor said that some cars could take more than 3 years to restore.  The show was an opportunity to speak directly to seasoned restorers for different makes and models.

 

Accessories & Car Insurances

For those looking for accessories and spare parts, there was one hall dedicated for vast arrays of these products.  Car servicing companies were also present as well as numbers of insurance companies.

 

So what to expect for the first time visitors?

That was my very first visit at any car shows anywhere.  The show was a paid public event but it was worth it.  There were many many different cars that I have not seen in my life before and cars that I have only seen in the movies.  I was a curious visitor for this show and was more fascinated by the designs and history rather than the engines and speed.  The experience was quite a discovery about that side of expensive men’s hobby and its community.  Although it is pretty much a man’s world, the event had a relax and family-feel to it.  This show is one of the largest classic cars shows outside London.

Watch out for the London Car Show 2019 next month, the UK’s largest car show is back at Excel London on 16 – 19 May or enjoy the UK autumn and visit the Classic Car Show 2019, the biggest and best Classic Motor Show with over 3,000 stunning cars, about 300 car clubs, dream rides and restoration theater.  It will be at the  NEC in Birmingham on 8 – 10 November 2019.

My souvenir photo with the 1970 Ford Mustang Sportsroof (the gorgeous one).

I definitely had a crush on this one!

The Venue

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham is closer to where I live.  I have been visiting shows here many times before so there’s no surprises there for me.  Most big shows and exhibitions have free shuttle buses from the car parks to the main entrance and back, which makes it more convenient for visitors.  It is just off the motorway and have easy access to trains.  The visitors’ day pass for this show was £23.00 per person   plus £16.00 parking fee.  Larger shows offer free parking.  There is a massive car parks for thousands of cars.  Here’s more about the venue’s Visitors Info.

 

 

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