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.