The good, the bad and the ugly from the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show
Today I made the trip to Birmingham’s NEC where the
Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show (catchy, isn’t it) was underway.
London’s Classic Car Show a few weeks back, the event left me with at least one SD card completely full. I’ve since uploaded a few shots to the gallery below- expect everything from timewarp classics to rust riddled shitheaps, I even bumped into television’s favourite restoration duo Mike Brewer & Ed China!
This XK120 drophead coupe appeared to have its original paint and was in lovely, original condition
What’s a gallery without an E-type
It’s difficult to believe that this Lamborghini Countach 5000S was almost totally consumed by fire a few years back. It was saved by Ferrari specialist Terry Keys, who’s team managed to save many of its fire-damaged parts
Porsche fans were all over this ducktail Carrera RS
I can’t help but feel that the Lotus Esprit is an under-appreciated car
More wedge than Tiger Woods’ bank account
Something totally different was this Ford F-100, we go mad for these vehicles here in the UK
Actually, the show was full of tasty American muscle cars and this Mustang was another strong example
There’s a name you should be proud to have on your rocker cover(s)
The Cheshire Capri Club were out in full force, this 1.6 Laser was a particularly mint example
Original dealer stickers and all..
Just how you remembered?
Ford Motor Co number plate too..
The Ford RS Owners club had this alarmingly shiny RS500 Cossie on its stand
These sure are worth a few quid now
This is a mirror placed beneath that same Sierra RS500 – it’s as clean underneath as it is above
Yup, sorry, that’s enough pics of the Sierra now
A similarly mint Escort was placed next to the Sierra
At the opposite end of the stand was a lovingly restored Escort RS2000
Away from the RS stand but still sticking with the blue oval was this lovely RS3100 Capri
Probably my favourite car of the show was this Vauxhall Chevette HS
The car has belonged to its current owner for 22 years
Built as a homologation special for rally competition, the HS got a 2.3l slant four lump that kicked out 135hp
In the far left of this picture you can just about make out the Chevette’s tartan interior
Fast forward a decade or so and Vauxhall was producing this, the mk2 Astra GTE
My gran had one of these when I was a lot younger, I still remember its quirky digital dash
This sticker brings back memories of several warm and hot hatches, speaking of which..
Milltek had its lovely miami blue 1.9 205 GTI on display
Next to the 205 was its elder German rival, a Mk1 Golf GTI
This Renault 5 Alpine Turbo didn’t have the crowd it deserved
Such a quirky little thing
That rear window sticker somehow blends in..
A fetching little Citroen Dyane
The plastic pig!
This bizarre little car is known as the Meadows Frisky Sport, it’s one of just 15 examples that still exist
Yep, there are four wheels, two of which are powered by a 325cc twin lump from Villiers
One very purposeful little BM
.. to one very lucky owner!
Remember the Astra 4S? Originally built the ill-fated Group S series, the 4WD 4S got a supercharged version of the 2.4 litre Opel Ascona engine and today runs at 322hp
The sticker can go, but this decked Imp was a real attention seeker
The last thing to ever stop moving in European snow – the Fiat Panda 4×4
Anyone who says the Frogeye Sprite isn’t the happiest car on earth, they’re wrong
Barn find Anglia 105e
Have you ever seen a car that looks quite so sorry for itself? It’s a Heinkel Kabine Model 150 if you were wondering
I dread to think what people would be prepared to pay for this utterly fucked VW bus
Barn find Capri RS3100, cobwebs and all
Those mk1 facelift rear lights are worth big money alone
Finding good metal could prove difficult with this one
More rust porn, this time it’s a particularly brown Triumph TR7
This TR7 was cruelly placed next to a full restored example
eBay seller: slight rust around rear arch
You know the paintwork you find on fairground rides, errr yeah..
It doesn’t even want to be a Capri anymore
This car does however have one redeeming feature..
.. and it’s certainly not this bonnet-mounted temp gauge
Yup, it’s the stonking V8 under its bonnet
You know that kid at school who always wanted to be a policeman but never quite got there?
That’s debatable. Say no to replica police cars, that’s my advice
I’m calling bullshit on that one..
Aerials – check, camera – check, lights and sirens – check
Here we have it: proof that absolutely any car can be loved
Here’s another gorgeous XK120 with a few age related marks
Would you look who it is!
This Cortina could well be held together by its exterior trim..
Amazingly, it’s set to be restored
33 years in a hedge and this is what’s left
Only for the brave
BMW don’t do cars like this anymore
MX5 chassis + Lexus V8 and lots of MINI parts = Healy Enigma V8 kit car
There’s only one video that goes with this car
That’s enough for now – I’ll dump most of these images plus a few extras in the gallery below!
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