Apparently the Retro Warwick Classic (pre 1990s) Car Rally was first held six years ago and has been held, in Warwick Town Centre,every August since. To my shame I didn’t know this. I only became aware of it this years because of the intense publicity given, locally, to the opportunity that the Warwickshire County Records Office has been given to purchase the Healey Motor Company archives from members of the Healey family. Members of the WCRO were present at today’s event to provide information about the archive and what they hope to do with the material if they are successful in raising the required amount of money. People had the opportunity to donate there and then and I have to report that many were doing just that. Some Healey enthusiasts were also pledging their support for the effort as well as offering to donate material from their own collections. I would think that the WRCO staff were delighted with the response that they got to their appeal. However, the event itself was much more than Healey Motor Company archive, much much more in fact not wishing to diminish that important cause. I was very impressed with the wide range of cars on display, nearly all belonging to private individuals who take great pleasure and pride in displaying their pride and joy. Here are just a few of the rarer cars at the event: –
Two of Coventry’s Finest, Daimler Conquest and Jaguar E Type.
Morris Minor ‘Hot Rod’
1967 Volvo Amazon 2Dr.
Early ’70s Australian Ford Falcon 351GT
1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1950s Porsche 356 Convertible
1980s Audi Quattro S1 Group B Rally Car
1929 Austin Seven Ulster replica
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu
Early 50s MG TD
1955 – 1962 MGA
1970’s Triumph Spitfire Mk.III with Custom Hard Top
1937 Rover 14
Early 1900s Ford Racer Replica
1947 – 53 MG YA Saloon
Early 2000s Daihatsu Copen
1959 -64 Daimler SP 250
1970 – 74 Saab Sonett III
An original Mini beautifully prepared to racing spec.
c.1929 Chrysler 75 Cabriolet
1955 Austin Healey 100M
AH 100M Replica
Heavily customised 1950s Chevrolet Coupe
For me the Star of the show even though it is not my kind of car.
All credit to its owner.
This is the second part of my photographic report on the 2023 Classic Motor Show held at the Birmingham NEC.