The NEC Classic Motor Show 2015

Congratulations to everyone that was involved in putting on a splendid presentation of  XR’s and Supersports at this years NEC classic car show.
Although our allocated stand space was less than last year, it did still prove what an excellent club we have. We had a good range of XR’s, with Mk3, Mk4 and Mk5 Escorts. Four Supersports, an XR2 and the later XR2i.

We enticed six new members over the weekend and two renewals so we’d like to welcome them into the XR fold.
The stand was always busy, with plenty of people viewing the cars and chatting with our members. It made it difficult to photograph the cars at several times throughout the day, but hearing the public reminiscing about the 80’s Fords they once owned was equally enjoyable.

I was only able to spend one day at the show, and I can honestly say that it just wasn’t enough time to see everything properly. There are no less than five exhibition halls to browse with plenty to see. From classic part traders, celebrities and TV shows, to live car auctions and classic sales stands. A total of 94 vehicles were put under the hammer, but one car that stood out from the crowd was a one owner series one RS Turbo, with less than 7000 miles on the clock, and a history file to match. It sold for a staggering £60k, and it was later announced that it made a new world record. It’s incredible to think that someone has paid that as an investment, with a view to its value rising. We’ve seen plenty of good XR’s slowly rising in price recently, which only proves what popular retro classics our XR’s are.

Our stand was in Hall 5, amongst many other retro 80’s and 90’s car clubs. It was great to see them all together in the same hall, from MG Maestro’s and Metro’s, to Capri’s and Sierra’s. There was also an opportunity to ride in some classic and performance cars around the NEC grounds for a donations to charity. The cars all belong to Sporting Bears members, and for as little as ten pounds you can go for a 10 mile ride. The club has raised over one million pounds since it was founded 26 years ago. Sadly, I didn’t see a Sierra Cosworth available.

Wheeler Dealers presenters Mike Brewer and Edd China made a welcome return with the live stage area. Mike set Edd a challenge, to restore a 1998 MX-5 over the three day event. Mike then gave it to one lucky winner, with a years free insurance included.
Other celebrity faces included Fuzz Townshend from Car SOS, Ant Anstead from For the Love of Cars, Sir Stirling Moss and Ross Brawn.

Expert advice and live demonstrations of car restoration were available in the Restoration Theatre, lead by Mike Coman of Leeds City College. Lead loading, wheeling and panel work were a few of things discussed.
For lovers of two wheel classics, there was a large area dedicated to classic motorcycles. With everything for sale from leathers, helmets and gloves, to merchandise and posters.

Every year at the NEC Classic Motor Show, Alan and Dorrinda present the Richard Allan Harwood Memorial Trophy to the owner of the best presented car on the stand. This year it went to Ian Blenkinsopp and his superbly presented XR2i. A well deserved award to Ian and his car that we featured in Issue 2 this year.

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XROC Best Club Stand at Ford Fair 2015

It was finally here. The one event I had been looking forward to the most, especially as I’d missed the previous year due to having the flu. Our alarm clock went off at 3:30am and we quickly got ready and set out to meet some of the other members from the Central Midlands branch at the motorway services. A quick breakfast in the cafe and we were all keen to be on our way. Travelling to Silverstone in convoy always turns the heads of passing drivers, even those in modern ST’s and RS’s.
On arrival, we were quickly directed to the area our club was designated. The organisation seemed to be very efficient. Some members from other branches had already arrived, and the stand was soon filled with 44 of our gleaming XR’s. Everyone gave their cars one last wash and polish and after that we had a wander round the show. I bought a 1:18 scale model of my XR3i for a bargain price, and displayed it on my dashboard with the latest club magazine on view.
The camping chairs came out and we sat with friends and members behind the cars on the stand. We brought plenty of food and drink, but as always, I forgot something… Sun cream!
It was the hottest day of the year so far, which is nothing to complain about, but needless to say I got burnt. Thankfully, Allan and Dorrinda lent me a hat for which I was extremely grateful.
Adrian set up the marquee selling the club merchandise and plenty of potential new members were enticed in and enrolled. It was also nice to meet Graham, the previous owner of my car, who gave me some background history.
There was plenty to see on the track, including some of our members showing that it’s not all about shiny metal. I bet that was great fun!
We always have a friendly competition on the stand where everyone has an opportunity to vote for members cars. Congratulations to Robert Colton and his Mk1 XR2 for winning the Favourite Car Award, and Ian Rowley and his XR2i for winning our Best Presented Car Award.
There were thousands of Fords on display, many of which were within other club stands, so it was a fantastic surprise to hear that we had been chosen for the Best Club Stand Award out of 24 other clubs. It’s great to know the XR range can hold its own against the sea of modern ST’s and the iconic old school Fords.
We owe a huge thank you to all involved with the organisation and hard work that made this such a great day, and of course to everyone who displayed their cars on our stand. Let’s hope we can beat our record of 44 cars next year!

XROC Best Club Stand at Ford Fair 2015

XROC Best Club Stand at Ford Fair 2015