Practical Classics Restoration Show
The first weekend of April saw the club make its first appearance of 2017.
Not including the many car dealers selling classics or the 350 specialist traders offering their expertise on all aspects of restoration there were no less than 130 groups attending including 26 clubs making their show debut.
The stand that attracted the most attention was the ‘Barn Find’, display comprising of 15 vehicles from a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow down to an Austin Metro. In fact 5 cars belonged to one individual which included a Lanchester Woodie. Another stand which was proving popular was the ‘Pride of Ownership’ area. A varied mix of 20 cars, the winner being chosen by popular vote. This method of choosing a winner always ends up with disagreement or the person who has the most friends.
The Practical Classics Live Stage was kept busy with all sorts of different demonstrations, one of which was attended by Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead giving advice on purchasing a Classic and also taking questions from the public. Interestingly apart from the two car dealerships he owns Mike Brewer also has quite an extensive collection of Classic Cars including a 1917 Ford Model T Coupe.
If you were looking to take home your dream car, Classic Car Auctions held a sale of no less than 200 affordable cars (their words) as it all depends on the depth of your pocket. The top lot was a 1985 BMW Motorsport M635 CSI with only 15,000 miles recorded which fetched £100,100 inclusive of premium. Another car which remained unsold was a Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe which was being offered at an after sale price of £18,800.
The club stand had a steady stream of visitors all weekend and my thanks go to Dave Pooley and Tony Ward for displaying their SPs and Laurence Jones as always for organising the troops.
On a more personal note I don’t feel that three days for a show of this nature is ideal. The overall appeal is much more of a limited nature and stretches the resources of the small clubs somewhat.