What follows includes much of what I wrote for the introduction to the 2018 show report. I make no apologies for that because I found myself making the same observations this year as I did last. So, on Friday 8th November I made my annual trip to the Lancaster Insurance sponsored Classic Car Show held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, U.K. It’s no hardship for me because after a mile walk to the station it takes less than fifteen minutes, by train, to get to the NEC. The show opened at 10.00 am and I was amazed at the size of the crowd already queuing (‘standing in line’ for our American readers) before the doors opened. I obtained my Press Pass from the Press Office which is administered by the brilliantly efficient staff of Poppyseed Media Ltd.; then it was wham bam into the melee of committed classic car enthusiasts.  The whole idea of me getting there early was to be able to take photos without being compromised by people standing in front of the camera looking at the cars, which they are perfectly entitled to do of course.

Right from the off I was having to seek opportunities of photographing cars without people masking their key features. Motor Shows are not the best environment for taking pristine photos. However, the presence of car enthusiasts does create ‘atmosphere’ and that is a good attribute when telling a story in pictures. Friday is supposed to be the least busy day so I can’t imagine what a crush Saturday and Sunday were. One thing is for sure, visitors interested in all kinds of classic cars, ancient and modern, were unlikely to have been disappointed. The proof is in the pudding as we Brits say, attendances increase year on year and many different foreign accents can be heard amongst the visitors.

Another observation that I seem to make every year is that there always appear to be cars on show that I have never seen before; sometimes cars that I didn’t even know existed. That is what makes this show so exciting and rewarding. Here are some photos from the 2019 show – even more of them than last year! 

In an attempt to make studying and enjoying the photos a little more structured, I have put them under appropriate headings.

Alpine A110

American Collection

Chevrolet Custom

Chevrolet Coupe Custom

1956 Chevrolet Corvette

1956 Chevrolet Corvette

1956 Chevrolet Corvette

 

Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300

Studebaker 4 Door Sedan

Studebaker 4 Door Sedan

Studebaker Runabout

Studebaker Runabout

Chevrolet Pick - Up Custom

Chevrolet Pick – Up Custom

Ford Fairline

1964 Ford Fairline

Ashley

Ashley Sportiva Coupe

Ashley Sportiva Coupe

Aston Martin 

2019 Aston Martin Vantage

2019 Aston Martin Vantage

1954 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Vantage

Austin /750 Motor Club

Austin Seven to 750 Motor Club racing formula

Austin Seven to 750 Motor Club racing formula

Austin Healey – AHClub UK

Austin Healey 3000 Rally Car

Austin Healey 3000 Rally Car

Austin Healey 100 modified to 'M' Spec.

Austin Healey 100 modified to ‘M’ Spec.

Austin Healey – JME Healeys

Austin Healey 3000 Rally Car

Austin Healey 3000 Rally Car

Austin Healey 3000

Austin Healey 3000

Austin Healey 3000 primed rolling chassis

Austin Healey 3000 primed rolling chassis

Bugatti

Bugatti Type 35

Bugatti Type 35

Bentley

c1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Ltr. Van den Plas Tourer

c1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Ltr. Tourer

Citroen

De Lorean

De Lorean

De Lorean

Fiat

Fiat X 1/9

Fiat X 1/9

GT40

GT 40 Replica

GT 40 Replica

Jaguar

Jaguar XJ13

Jaguar XJ13

Jensen

Keith Hudson's Jensen FF

Keith Hudson’s Jensen FF on the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership stand.

Another Jensen FF his time on the Jensen Owners Club stand

Another Jensen FF his time on the Jensen Owners Club stand

Jensen 541R

The Eric Neale/Colin Riekie designed Jensen 541R which still holds the record for the fastest road journey between London and Paris.

Lancia

1934 Lancia Artena Berlina

1934 Lancia Artena Berlina

Marcos

Marcos Coupe

Marcos Coupe

Matra Bagheera

Morgan 

Morgan AeroMax

Morgan AeroMax

Porsche Spyder

Porsche Spyder 718 RS 60

Porsche Spyder 718 RS 60

Porsche Spyder 550

Porsche Spyder 550

Rochdale

Rochdale Olympic

Rochdale Olympic

 

Rolls Royce

Peugeot

505 Turbo

505 Turbo

205 GTi 1.9

205 GTi 1.9

Rootes Group Centre Archive Trust

Coventry Herbert Museum Poster promoting a Rootes Group Exhibition

Coventry Herbert Museum Poster promoting a Rootes Group Exhibition

Andy Bye with The Rootes Archive Trust last addition the Farmobile

Andy Bye with The Rootes Archive Trust latest addition, the Farmobile

All you ever wanted to know about the Farmobile

All you ever wanted to know about the Farmobile

Rover (But not as you’d know it!)

Rover Ten Hot Rod

Rover Ten Hot Rod beautifully prepared

Miscellaneous Cars that caught my eye

BMW 300 series Coupe Racer

BMW 300 Series Coupe Racer

GBS

GBS

Alvis Monoposto

Alvis Monoposto

Frazer Nash Monoposto

Frazer Nash Monoposto

Oxford Universities Motorsport Foundation

Oxford Universities Motorsport Foundation stand

Sebring Sprite

Sebring Sprite

c.!921 GN

c.!921 GN

 

Nick

 

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