On Friday 9th November I made my annual trip to the Classic Car Show, sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, 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 queing (‘standing in line’ for our American readers) before the doors opened. 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 being in the shots. Motor Shows are not the best environment for taking pristine photos of cars. 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. I have just received the attendance figure for this year’s event – another record at 71,216. I am not at all surprised.
This is the second part of my photographic report on the 2023 Classic Motor Show held at the Birmingham NEC.