Classic Car Show – Birmingham NEC 2021 – Report

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It was great to be able to visit the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the Birmingham NEC again. I know that the last one was only two years ago but it seemed like an eternity. This show is always very interesting and it never ceases to surprise me that I keep coming across cars that I have never seen before. I like to explore every corner of the show, searching out these rarities. Although the show is very well organised and makes good use of the NEC’s spacious halls, it is possible to miss some cars if you go strictly by the general headings in the show catalogue.

It is possible that I have a different mission to many people attending the show; as I have said above, I am seeking to bring to your attention cars that are not in the mainstream, to do that you have to look in areas that you may not expect to find any cars at all. For instance, Auto Traders Village, full of spare parts and bric-a-brac, also hid some interesting cars. I was very pleased with many of the cars I stumbled across, “stumble” was often the operative word as I tried to avoid “gazers”. I hope you too enjoy what I found –

ALFA ROMEO

Alfa Romeo ATS 1900 SS Spider Replica
Alfa Romeo ATS 1900 SS Spider Replica

Alfa Romeo ATS 1900 SS Spider Replica. Rear

ALLARD

1953 Allard JR Continuation
1953 Allard JR Continuation

1953 Allard JR Continuation Rr.

AMERICAN

Buick Invicta Coupe
Buick Invicta Coupe

Buick Invicta Coupe rear

1979 Dodge Charger R/T
1979 Dodge Charger R/T

1979 Dodge Charger R/T

1937 Ford Cabriolet
1937 Ford Cabriolet

 

1937 Ford Cabriolet Rear

Ford Hotrod
Ford Hotrod

Ford Hotrod. Rear

AUSTIN

1927 Austin Seven Pramhood Chummy
1927 Austin Seven Pramhood Chummy

1927 Austin Seven Pramhood Chummy

Austin Seven Ulster
c.1929 Austin Seven TT, a very rare car, only around twelve built. It preceded the Ulster model.

Austin Seven Ulster

Austin Seven Swallow
1927 Austin Seven Swallow

Austin Seven Swallow. Rr.

 

AUSTIN HEALEY

Dream Builds on Wheels MkI Sprite Project
‘Dream Builds on Wheels’ (discoveryplus.co.uk) MkI Sprite Project

Dream Builds on Wheels MkI Sprite Project

Dream Builds on Wheels MkI Sprite Project

Austin Healey 1006 customised
Austin Healey 1006 customised

Austin Healey 1006 customised

Austin Healey 100/4 JME Cape Works Special
Austin Healey 100/4 JME “Cape Works Special”

Austin Healey 100/4 JME Cape Works Special cockpit

Austin Healey 100/4 JME Cape Works Special Front Wing detailing

1960 Austin Healey 300 Mk I Rally Car reconstruction by JME Healey Warwick
1960 Austin Healey 300 Mk I Rally Car reconstruction by JME Healeys, Warwick

1960 Austin Healey 300 Mk I Rally Car reconstruction by JME Healey Warwick. Rear

BENTLEY

Bentley MkVI Special by Mallalieu
Bentley MkVI Special by Mallalieu

Bentley MkVI Special by Mallalieu. Rear

BRM

BRM Type 15 V16 F1 Car
BRM Type 15 V16 F1 Car on the Federation of Historic British Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) stand.

BRM Type 15 V16 F1 Car

CITROEN

1932 Citroen C4
1932 Citroen C4

1932 Citroen C4

1925 Citroen C3 'Trefle'
1925 Citroen C3 ‘Trefle’

1925 Citroen C3 'Trefle'

Citroen Lomax Three Wheeler
Citroen Lomax Three Wheeler
Two Seater GT Citroen Special
Two Seater GT Citroen Special

Two Seater GT Citroen Special. Rear

DOWSETT

2018 Dowsetts Comet 02
2018 Dowsetts Comet 02

2018 Dowsetts Comet 02. Rear

ELVA

Elva GT
Elva Courier Mk. 3 GT

Elva GT Rear

FAIRTHORPE

Fairthorpe Electron Minor
Fairthorpe Electron Minor

Fairthorpe Electron Minor Rr

FORD

Ford Escort Custom
Ford Escort Custom

GINETTA

Ginetta G15
Ginetta G15

Ginetta G15 rear

GTM

GTM Coupe
GTM Coupe

GTM Coupe Rear

HEALEY

1950 Healey Silverstone E Type
1950 Healey Silverstone E Type

1950 Healey Silverstone E Type. Rear

Hillman

1934 Hillman Minx
1934 Hillman Minx

1934 Hillman Minx

Hillman Imp in Rally Trim
Hillman Imp in Rally Trim
Hillman Imp - customised including "Air Lif" suspension
Hillman Imp – customised including “Air Lif” suspension

JAGUAR

1937 SS100 2 1/2 Ltr.
1937 SS100 2 1/2 Ltr.

1937 SS100 2 1/2 Ltr.

Jaguar XK 120 Tourer
Jaguar XK 120 Tourer

Jaguar XK 120 Tourer. Rear

MINI

Classic Mini
Classic Mini
Magnum Car Panels Mini Shell
Magnum Car Panels Mini Shell

MG

MG R Type Monoposto racing car
MG R Type Monoposto racing car

MG R Type Monoposto racing car. Rear

1931 C-type Monthlery Midget
1931 C-type Monthlery Midget

MG K3

PEUGEOT

1968 -84 Peugeot 504 Cabrio
1968 -84 Peugeot 504 Cabrio

1968 -84 Peugeot 504 Cabrio. Rear

PORSCHE

Porsche 356 based Outlaw conversion
Porsche 356 based Outlaw conversion

Porsche 356 based Outlaw conversion. Rear

RILEY

2021 Riley Royale based on a 1954 Riley RME Saloon
2021 Riley Royale based on a 1954 Riley RME Saloon

2021 Riley Royale

SINGER

1934 Singer Le Mans 4 seater
1934 Singer Le Mans 4 seater

1934 Singer Le Mans 4 seater. Rear

SUNBEAM

 

Sunbeam Harrington Alpine Le Mans
Sunbeam Harrington Alpine Le Mans

Sunbeam Harrington Alpine Le Mans. Rear

1963 Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans Race car
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans Race car

1963 Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans Race car. Rear

TRIUMPH

1980 Janspeed TR8
1980 Janspeed Triumph TR8 Le Mans

1980 Janspeed TR8. Rear

c1965 Triumph GTR4A Dove
c1965 Triumph GTR4A Dove

c1965 Triumph GTR4A Dove rr

WESTFIELD

Westfield XI
Westfield XI

Westfield XI. Rear

WOLSELEY

!934 Wolseley Hornet 1.6 Ltr. Special by EW
!934 Wolseley Hornet 1.6 Ltr. Special by EW

!934 Wolseley Hornet 1.6 Ltr. Special by EW. Rr.

 

1934 Wolesley 12/60 County Saloon
1934 Wolesley 12/60 ‘County’ Saloon

1934 Wolseley County Saloon Rear

STANLEY

Stanley Model 75 Replica
Stanley Model 75 Replica

Stanley Model 75 Replica. Rear

750 MOTOR CLUB

750 Motor Club Formula Racer
750 Motor Club Formula Racer

750 Motor Club Formula Racer

HISTORIC MARATHON RALLY GROUP

Historic Marrathon Rally Group Banner

Collection of model marathon rally cars created by the Group's chairman
A collection of model marathon rally cars created by the Group’s chairman, Andrew Bradbury – a work of art and dedication.
Ford Capri MkI 2.8 1970 London to Mexico Rally
Ford Capri MkI 2.8 competed in the 1970 London to Mexico Rally

Ford Capri MkI 2.8 1970 London to Mexico Rally. Rear

 

If you think that was a lot of photos, it is just a small example of what was on display!

 

Next year’s date – Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November 2022.

 

Nick

 

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