2016: Classic Car Clubs show how its done at last year's Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

The classic motoring clubs attending the NEC Restoration and Classic Car Show gave visitors more than just some shiny cars to look at as the 120 clubs exhibiting offered demonstrations and live working on their stands at Birmingham’s NEC over the weekend.

With 700 cars on display, in all states of repair – from barn find to concours – there was plenty of inspiration for enthusiasts as well as hands on advice from specialist restorers and industry experts. 

Motoring celebrities including Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer and Edd China, For the Love of Cars’ Ant Anstead, the original Stig Perry McCarthy, and BBC Radio 2 travel reporter Bobbie Prior all appeared on the Live Stage to share their motoring experiences. 

The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership saw a close battle between the 20 finalists selected from around 80 applicants. An emotional Stuart Turp lifted the trophy as showgoers voted his gold coloured 1969 Ford Capri the winner, with Jim Scott’s 1966 Cortina taking second place and Martin Healey’s 1964 Saab 96 2-Stroke in third.

It was a blue 1989 Austin Metro City owned by James Cribb that won the ‘Golden Spanner’ award and the title of Restorer of the Year. James' late wife bought the car back in 1995 as her first car and James had lovingly restored it to perfection in her memory.

But it wasn’t just the pristine cars winning awards. Dave Whiting’s 1953 Aston Martin DB2 saloon was voted the crowd’s favourite barn find out of the 25 diverse cars on display. 

Silverstone Auctions secured more high prices in its sale at the show on Sunday. 69 per cent of the cars on offer were successfully hammered away for a total sales figure of £1.5million.
One of the earliest Land Rovers produced, a 1948 Series One Chassis #149, sold for £47,250, more than £20,000 over its lower estimate, and the highest price for a Series One in recent years. A historically important and very rare car, a 1950 Land Rover Series I Station Wagon with coachwork by Tickford, sold for £38,250, a world record price. Far more exotic machinery also captivated the bidders. A 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV, the last Lamborghini produced before VW took ownership of the company, sold for £174,375, nearly £25,000 over its lower estimate.

The Sporting Bears had around 50 cars on offer in its Dream Rides Garage with around £7,500 raised from giving visitors ten-mile passenger rides in exchange for a donation to UK children’s charities.

Dan Nwaokolo, Event Director, said: “This show continues to go from strength to strength. The effort of the clubs especially with the live working is amazing and the displays this year were outstanding. Brisk business was done by the traders with great results and it was fantastic to see many new names on the exhibitor list this year. Our thanks to all the sponsors, clubs, car owners, motoring celebrities, traders and visitors who made it a superb weekend.

“The addition of the National Car Club Awards was the icing on the cake. It was a brilliant evening of celebration and recognition, and the feedback from the clubs has been amazing. The atmosphere in the room and the response from the winners made it an evening to remember and one everyone will want to repeat next year.”

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