Classic Car & Restoration Show 2022 – Report

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This is what I wrote for my report on the last Classic Car & Restoration Show held in 2019 –

“The ‘Practical Classics’ Classic Car & Restoration Show, at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, has to be one of the U.K.’s, if not the World’s, friendliest auto shows. It is amazing to see crowds of enthusiasts queuing up at the entrances prior to the 10.00 a.m. opening time, on the first day. Then the surge forward as the barriers are opened. Many top football teams would be pleased to get the same response.

I am always struck by how friendly, polite and enthusiastic everyone is, exhibitors and visitors alike. This was my third consecutive visit and I did have a moment, in the weeks leading up to the show, when I thought to myself “this could be a little ‘deja vu’, “seen it all before”.

But that certainly wasn’t the case, I was engaged from the moment I entered Hall 5. Why Hall 5? because that’s where the Press Office was located, organised by PoppySeedMedia‘s charming and efficient staff.     

I am sure that there were some cars being exhibited that I had seen on previous visits but not that many; in any case, they were well worth seeing again.”

Those words are as right in 2022 as they were in 2019!

In 2022, I am not sure that the sentiments expressed in the last paragraph of the 2019 report held true. Every car that I saw today seemed to be new to me, it was that exciting. Maybe this is because I go out of my way to find rare and unusual cars. That is not as difficult as it may sound at this show, that is part of the attraction.

Here are the photos that I took today (18/04/2022) –

1924 Sunbeam 14/40 Tourer
1924 Sunbeam 14/40 Tourer on the Stourbridge Pre War Car Club Stand.
1937 Chevrolet 'Fangio'
1937 Chevrolet ‘Fangio’, winner of the 2013 Paris to Peking Endurorally. Seen on the Historic Marathon Rally Group stand.

1937 Chevrolet 'Fangio'.

Historic Marathon Rally Group banner.

Austin Maxi competed in the 1970 London to Mexico Rally
Bron Burrell’s Austin Maxi that competed in the 1970 London to Mexico Rally with a three women crew. Seen on the HMRG stand.

Austin Maxi competed in the 1970 London to Mexico Rally. Rear.

1953-58 Daimler Conquest.
1953-58 Daimler Conquest. Seen on the Motor Vehicle Preservation Society stand.

1953-58 Daimler Conquest.

1936 Riley Kestrel Sprite
1936 Riley Kestrel Sprite

1936 Riley Kestrel Sprite

1983-90 Reliant Fox Pick Up
1983-90 Reliant Fox Pick Up. Seen on the Realiant Owners Club stand.

1983-90 Reliant Fox Pick Up

1913 Wolseley 24/30 Tourer
1913 Wolseley 24/30 Tourer in the process of restoration.

1913 Wolseley 24/30 Tourer

1953 Jowett Javelin
1953 Jowett Javelin has competed in HRDC events. Seen on the Jowett Owners Club stand.
1953 Jowett Javelin. Rear.
This is the car that most appealed to me today.
1929 Jowett 7hp Sports
1929 Jowett 7hp Sports

1929 Jowett 7hp Sports

1952 Jowett Jupiter
1952 Jowett Jupiter in racing trim.

1952 Jowett Jupiter

1961-73 Volvo P1800
1961-73 Volvo P1800 in “The Saint”, TV Series, trim.

1961-73 Volvo P1800. Rear

1968 Simca 1200S Bertone Coupe
1968 Simca 1200S Bertone Coupe. One of only six RHD cars sold in the U.K.

1968 Simca 1200S Bertone Coupe

1981-84 Matra Murena.
1981-84 Matra Murena.

1981-84 Matra Murena.

Current Alpine A110 Legende.
Current Alpine A110 Legende

Current Alpine A110 Legende. Rear.

1958 Frisky Sprint
1958 Frisky Sprint – the only one built!

1958 Frisky Sprint

1995 Midas Mk. 4 Cortez
1995 Midas Mk. 4 Cortez

1995 Midas Mk. 4 Cortez

1936 Standard AvonFour Door Pillarless Saloon
1936 Standard AvonFour Door Pillarless Saloon

1936 Standard AvonFour Door Pillarless Saloon

1961 TVR Grantura Mk. IIa
1961 TVR Grantura Mk. IIa. One of myfavourite cars from the ’60s, still holding its own today.

1961 TVR Grantura Mk. IIa. Rear

Coleshill Breakfast Meets Stand, One
Coleshill Breakfast Meets Stand, One
Coleshill Breakfast Meets Stand, Two
Coleshill Breakfast Meets Stand, Two
Coleshill Breakfast Meets Stand, Three.
Coleshill Breakfast Meets Stand, Three.

CAROLE NASH’S BARN FINDS 

1959 Dodge Sierra Station Wagon
1959 Dodge Sierra Station Wagon

1959 Dodge Sierra Station Wagon

1956 Hillman Husky Mk. I
1956 Hillman Husky Mk. I

1956 Hillman Husky Mk. I. Rear

1975 Jaguar XJC V12
1975 Jaguar XJC V12

1975 Jaguar XJC V12. Rear

CARS FOR SALE

1969 MGC Sebring
1969 MGC Sebring. For sale by Oselli – £32,950.

1969 MGC Sebring.

1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mk. III BJ8
1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mk. III BJ8 – £58,000

1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mk. III BJ8. Rear

1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1
1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1 – £27,000 – £30,000

1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1

CARS FOR SALE – AMERICANA

1938 U.K. built Chrysler Wimbledon (Plymouth P6 in U.S.) cabriolet.
1938 U.K. built Chrysler Wimbledon (Plymouth P6 in U.S.) cabriolet – £20,000 – £25,000 

1938 U.K. built Chrysler Wimbledon (Plymouth P6 in U.S.) cabriolet. Rear.

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety Eight Holday Sedan
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety Eight Holday Sedan – £18,000 – £24,000

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety Eight Holday Sedan.

1932 Buick Sedan
1932 Buick Sedan – £8,000 – £10,000

1932 Buick Sedan. Rear.

1934 Series 50 Sedan
1934 Series 50 Sedan – £12,000 – £15,000

1934 Series 50 Sedan. Rear.

1916 Saxon 12HP two seater.
1916 Saxon 12HP two seater – £12,000 – £15,000

1916 Saxon 12HP two seater.

A COUPLE OF OTHERS IN THE SALE –

2008 Carver One Three wheeled tilting car.
2008 Carver One three wheeled tilting car – £32,000 – £36,000.

2008 Carver One Three wheeled tilting car.

1934 Daimler LQ3 Four Door Tourer.
1934 Daimler LQ3 Four Door Tourer – £30,000 – £35,000

1934 Daimler LQ3 Four Door Tourer. Rear.

AUSTIN HEALEY CLUB

Austin Healey Club GB

1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1
1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1

So, there you are, a brief summary of what was on offer at the 2022 Classic Car & Restoration Show, held at the fabulous Birmingham National Exhibition Centre. I hope that you enjoyed it.

Nick

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