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NEC Classic Motor Show 2013

By raccars Published

The 30th NEC Classic Motor Show took place in Birmingham last weekend, featuring the usual gathering of the great and good among Europe's classic car owners, collectors and enthusiasts, along with various companies and traders celebrating the 'grand finale' to the classic car season in the UK.

Exhibits encompassed a broad spectrum of classics including some true vintages and a vote to name a future classic from among the current crop of suitable contenders. There were auctions and sales as well as displays, products and services on offer and even a separate classic motorbikes event included.

Among the treasures on display was Chris Evans' spectacularly pink FAB1 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase, fresh from its latest breast cancer charity fundraiser. The pink Roller was part of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club display, supported by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which also showed a cut away V12 unit and a special Phantom space frame.

A number of classic and sports car awards were distributed at the event, with a 1931 Rolls-Royce owned by Julian Bowen the winning car of the show and a 1961 Skoda Tudor owned by Steve Horton taking a special award. A 1925 Levis T3 PX2120 won first place in the Classic Motorbike Show's Pride of Ownership awards.

Porsche GB included the event as part of its 911 50th anniversary celebrations, inviting 15 British Porsche centres to find and restore a classic 911. The Sutton Coldfield centre took the overall prize, which included a trip to Porsche's ice driving centre in Finland. The winning restoration was on display at the Porsche Club Great Britain Stand at the weekend's event.

Classic Car of the Year was a 1960 baby blue, Austin Mini Seven Super Deluxe owned by Oxford based Mini fanatic, Jason Field, against contenders which included a Jowett Javelin, Hillman Imp, Morris Minor and a Sunbeam Alpine.

Modern classics on display included Jaguar's 2010 C-X75 concept, drawing a lot of interest, whilst the Group B rally cars of the 80s were another popular feature.

A special appearance was made by David Soul, of 'Starsky and Hutch' fame with a 'Striped Tomato' Ford Gran Torino as seen in the series. The Discovery Channel's Wheeler Dealers, Mike Brewer, Edd China and Paul Brackley hosted a full programme of activities whilst Sir Stirling Moss took part in a live interview before touring the stands and signing various autographs and memorabilia items for fans.

Details of next year's event have yet to be revealed, but with the show growing every year it's likely to be bigger and better than ever.

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