The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is one of the UK’s biggest and most important classic show. Here are some of the best things we saw this year
As the doors close on the 2015 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, it’s once again time to reflect on what has been a fantastic year for the classic car scene. As an industry, we have once again seen substantial growth, and continued increase in interest. As the final big UK show of the year, the NEC felt busier than ever; and with a total of 68,790 visitors over the three days it was!
The show also hosted Silverstone Auctions’ annual sale, which again highlighted a continued shift in interest towards more modern classic cars, with a pair of Fast Fords stealing headlines. A nice example of a Sierra Cosworth RS500 sold for £90,000, while an as-new Escort RS Turbo sold for a world record £60,000. (Full report to follow)
The British Motor Heritage Centre made a big announcement at the show too, with huge investment in the museum, and a significant re-branding exercise – now called the British Motor Museum (full details here).
Mike Brewer and Edd China were busy entertaining crowds on the Live Stage as always, but one of the most well received attractions was the new Pride of Ownership display, with a nice selection of cars with interesting stories and owners behind them.
Here are some of our photo highlights from the show:
This glorious selection of the ‘Hyper Ferraris’ was an instant draw. From the 288GTO to the LaFerrari, this was truly a spectacular sight to behold.
While the front-wheel drive Matra Rancho was not particularly well regarded for it’s off-roading prowess, this was one of the best-looking displays from the excellent club stands.
‘Only here for the beer’. Gerry Marshall’s Baby Bertha was one of the many fantastic cars from the Vauxhall Heritage collection on show at the NEC this weekend.
As always, the quality of some of the cars was outstanding, right down to the spotless engine bays. This Lotus Twin-Cam, under the bonnet of a special Essex-liveried Lotus Sunbeam looked brilliant
TWR Rover SD1 touring car was another highlight of show, pride of place on one of the many classic Rover stands
With hundreds of outstanding cars for sale, a large number found new homes over the weekend. This beautiful Alfa Romeo sold early on Sunday
British classics were by far the best represented at the show, and there were some truly stunning exhibits – like this very early E-type. Located on the Octane magazine stand, the first ever right-hand drive FHC E-type was looking great, following its recent 150mph attempt for the magazine’s 150th issue.
Take a look on the Classic and Performance Car Facebook page for even more images from the weekend