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) –
CAROLE NASH’S BARN FINDS
CARS FOR SALE
CARS FOR SALE – AMERICANA
A COUPLE OF OTHERS IN THE SALE –
AUSTIN HEALEY CLUB
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.
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