The Birmingham NEC is home to the UK’s largest indoor classic car show. Here are some of the great things to see this year, including dates, opening times and ticket info for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will be taking place at the huge Birmingham NEC over the Friday-Sunday 11-13 November. It’s arguably one of the show highlights for many classic car show goers each year – and it’s one that seems to become bigger and better every year.
Fabulous cars of all kinds, club displays, trade stands, an autojumble, live demonstrations and special guests are all on the menu. Here are some of the highlights to look forward to this year.SEE RELATED: Best Classic Car Shows November 2016
Ayrton Senna tribute
Image: Mike Jiggle
As part of this year’s Heroes and Heroines theme, one of Ayrton Senna’s earliest and most evocative F1 cars – the Lotus 98T – will be on display. This is the car that in 1986 Senna put on pole position a total of eight times. It’s also a car that marks the end of unrestricted turbo era of F1.
It has been painstakingly restored over two years by Dawn Treader Performance, who are delighted to honour the ultimate motoring hero for countless enthusiasts by putting the car on display. Accompanying the 98T is Ayrton Senna Sempre, a portrait made entirely from pieces of denim jeans worn by the Senna family as the artist Ian Berry wished to intertwine the family into Ayrton’s image.
Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership display
With more than 80 contenders, the 20 finalists will take pride of place at this year’s show. Oldest in the line-up is a stunning 1930 Chevrolet Sports Roadster, with other US classics including a 1936 Auburn Speedster, 1950 Studebaker Commander, as well as a 1969 Corvette Stingray.
Cars with rallying heritage in their blood include a 1973 Alpine A110, 1986 Audi Quattro, and a 1963 Mini Cooper 997. There’s also a 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI which pays homage to the legendary T16 Group B rally car with a Dimma kit and appropriate livery.
Many of the cars are used regularly, and ‘daily driver’ classics on show include the 1969 Capri Mk1, 1974 VW Super Beetle, 1989 Austin Metro City, 1984 Vauxhall Astra Mk1 GTE, and 1983 VW Golf Driver 1.3.
The winner, voted for by the show’s 70,000 visitors, is announced at 1.30pm on Sunday 13 November on the display stand in Hall 3.
Meguiar’s Club Showcase
Like a well-presented car? Then you’ll love the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, which will bring together 16 cars that have taken top awards at various national club events.
The cars will be judged over the three days of the show with TV’s Wheeler Dealer Mike Brewer revealing the winner on Sunday, 13th November.
Mike Brewer’s Citroen SM restoration project
Mike Brewer’s latest project car is a 1972 Citroen SM, which he hopes to have completed before its reveal at the Classic Motor Show!
‘I wanted to show people you can still buy a viable classic and, if you do your research, find a specialist to turn around a car’ says Mike. With less than 40,000 miles on the clock and an impressive history file, this particular car has been stood for the best part of 20 years. It’s currently in the final stages of its mechanical overhaul by Paragon MoT and Service Centre in Northampton.
While Paragon have been charged with the mechanics, Cosmetic Autocare have been looking after the body. ‘It’s getting a full respray in the original Vert Agenta green so will look as good as it did 40 years ago.’
Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show sale
In the mood for buying a classic? As well as the many dealer stands, and private cars for sale, there is a great selection of cars going under the hammer at this year’s Silverstone Auctions Classic Motor Show sale.
The era of Group A touring cars was a great time for high-powered road-going homologation specials, demonstrated perfectly by a pair of ultimate-specification German rivals heading to the sale. From BMW, there is an E30 M3 Sport Evolution, which will be sold alongside the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2.
Porsche’s celebration of its transaxle cars
Porsche’s display, which is located in Hall 1, will showcase the finalists from the 2016 '40 years at the front' Classic restoration competition. In 2015, the Porsche Centre network were challenged with sourcing and restoring a classic transaxle model.
Porsche Centre Guildford and their Porsche recommended repairer, Premier Panel Skills, were crowned the overall winner with their superb restoration of a 968 Club Sport. This and the 15 other restored cars will be displayed alongside the freshly restored 924 Carrera GTP Le Mans race car.
NEC classic car show tickets, parking and postcode
Getting to the NEC Classic Motor Show is generally straight forward from any direction, however be prepared for some traffic while getting into the car parks. There are normally quite a number of classics driving around to keep things interesting! Parking at the venue is £12 per car. There is a useful guide on the official website on how to get there.
Postcode for the NEC classic car show: B40 1NT
Adult tickets for the event cost £30.50 for Friday, and £24.50 on Saturday and Sunday. Child tickets (5-15) cost £14.50/£13.50 while children under 5 go free. Family tickets are available for Saturday and Sunday for £55.00, which permits two adults and three children. A weekend pass for adults costs £43.00, while a three-day pass can be bought for £67.
Advanced tickets can be bought at a discounted rate until Thursday 10 November at midnight.Buy tickets and find out more information on the official website