Daimler SP250 Owners Club at the NEC
Over the weekend of the 15th/16th/17th November the biggest Classic Car Show in the UK took place as usual at the National Exhibition Centre. With the draw of being the major showcase for clubs it looks as though there was a record turnout. Despite the economic climate it appeared to bring in the largest attendance ever and I have never seen so many classics marked as sold by the end of the show. Numerous Mercedes were sold, the highest price achieved that I saw was a Pagoda at £97,950, also many Aston Martins in the £30,000 to £40,000 price range, these two marques seeming to be the favourites at the present time.
It never ceases to amaze me at the number of fascinating and rare classics that keep turning up including many fresh 'barn finds', or as one stand put it a 'hedge find'! The show has now become so large that it really would take two days to view everything properly. The Autojumble was larger than ever with many stallholders reporting record sales
The club stand has five SPs on show which included David Nancekievell's Ivory White SP, Quentin Willson's and Kevin Marsh's Red SPs both freshly restored and two ex-Metropolitan Police SPs, one of which belongs to Wyn Percy and the other belonging to yours truly. Thanks to the above mentioned for supporting the club and not forgetting the following members for helping and being on duty for all the three days – Laurence Jones for helping to organise the stand and marshalling the troops, Alan Mason, Andrew Ducat and John Marr all of whom worked tirelessly answering and advising many visitors who came on to the stand.
This year for the first time Silvabronz, (chrome plating specialists) donated towards the carpet and a backdrop to the stand. This help was much appreciated as all the costs are covered by a few individuals as the club operates on a subscription free basis.
Next years stand application has been made and therefore if you would like to have your car on the stand please get in touch with me.