Every year, Birmingham’s NEC Arena opens it's doors to the classic car fraternity, for the Classic Motor Show.
Classic car aficionados are treated to five halls of mouth-watering automotive history. If you're anything like us and love old cars, this is definitely the biggest and glossiest event in the UK and not one to be missed.
For the second year running, we were invited to display at this prestigious event. Now, let’s face it, the stereotypical “classic car enthusiast” probably doesn’t understand RollHard. Their assumption is probably that we’re a bunch of good-for-nothing “boy racers” disturbing the peace.
In reality, we’re into (classic) cars just as much as any car nut, thank you very much. After all, we don’t just photograph and write about them, we build them, too. We do this because we love it.
I can't emphasise enough how much we enjoy being involved with this show. If we can change even one person’s perception of what modified car culture is about then it's mission accomplished. Last year, we certainly ruffled a few feathers with wide wheels and air ride, this year, noticeably, people are starting to get it, we can only assume thanks to shows like Fast and Loud.
Whilst you might assume this event is exclusively for older gentlemen who drive MGBs, the reality couldn’t be more different. With metal on display from all corners of the country, representing all aspects of classic car ownership, this is one varied event. From grass roots “I built it in my shed” heroes to champagne sipping “hooray-Henrys” with their high value collectibles and silly coloured chinos, it’s all here.
Spanning three days Friday until Sunday, the NEC Classic Motor Show is a long weekend - perfect if that’s your idea of a holiday. Of course, if you are looking to meet old men who drive MGBs, it shouldn’t be difficult to fill your boots, we assume.
The live stage provided entertainment all weekend with on-stage demonstrations including star guest Q&As. This year saw Mike Brewer (best known for Discovery Channel’s Wheeler Dealers), Edd China (from Discovery Channel’s Wheeler Dealers), Ant Anstead (Channel 4’s For the Love of Cars and Evanta), Fuzz Townsend (National Geographic Channel’s Car SOS) and Jonny Smith (Channel 5’s Fifth Gear) take to the stage to give show visitors an insight into their recent project cars, upcoming TV shows and events.
There was a whole array of autojumble on sale in addition to hundreds of owners clubs and associations. It was jam-packed with all manner of things to see, including some pretty high end auction action, too.
If Graham from Grimsby turned up in a Mondeo but wanted to drive home in a Flatnose 911 Porsche, he could, thanks to Silverstone Auctions live on-site auction. Mind you, explaining to the girlfriend or wife why you dropped the kids inheritance on a Lancia Delta Integrale might take some doing, so just make sure you sit on your hands, you have been warned.
Sit back and relax as we show you a few shots from the weekend. We’ll most definitely be back in 2017. See you then!!