The 2014 Classic Motor Show, hosted at the NEC just outside of Birmingham has been widely reported as the biggest and best yet. Although there are plenty of gushing articles detailing the most impressive cars of the show, we thought it’d be worthwhile rounding up our own choices – and naming and shaming the cars that were simply wasting valuable stand space.
Cars that are HOT:
1. The WalkerSport Ferrari 328GTB
The WalkerSport Ferrari 328
We really fell for this Ferrari 328, which is why it ranked first in our What’s Hot round up. The combination of perfect colours, great ride height and well-chosen wheels have changed the way we think about Ferrari 328s. We wrote a full blog about it which you can find here – The Ferrari 328 by WalkerSport
2. Cardock Classics Mercedes 280SL
Cardock Classics Mercedes 280SL
There were a number of immaculate Mercedes SL cars at the show, and we spent a great amount of time debating between this and a silver model on a nearby stand. In the end, we chose the Cardock Classics Mercedes due to the fantastic colour combination. The paintwork is incredible, and suits this car perfectly – especially with tan leather.
3. The Silverstone Auctions Lotus Elan Sprint
1972 Lotus Elan Sprint
This 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint was for sale in the Silverstone Auction, and made a respectable £40,000 – bang on it’s upper estimate. We’ve clearly developed a thing for cars with a gold and white combination this year, The proportions of these early Elans are just perfect; it’s the quintessential British two seater sports car.
4. The Cardock Classics Porsche 911
Cardock Classics Porsche 911
We may appear biased featuring two cars from Cardock Classics, but we love a good Porsche 911 and the final decision came down to this one and the fantastic 911 on the Swissvax stand. In the end, the bright orange paintwork tipped the balance, so we tip our hat to Cardock Classics for putting on such a show stopping display.
5. The Auto Finesse Volkswagen Caddy
AutoFinesse’s Volkswagen Caddy
There’s a lot to like about this incredible pick up truck that the AutoFinesse guys have put together. The way it sits on the floor, those huge gold wheels, the impeccable paintwork and the signwriting all combine to make this a mean looking commercial vehicle… Though we suspect it’s days of heavy lifting are long gone!
Cars that are NOT hot…
Where there’s winners, there has to be losers, and the swansong that is the 2014 Classic Motor Show did feature a couple of bum notes. In 2013 it was a 1993 Vauxhall Cavalier that we deemed ‘Worst In Show’ and once again, the top spot has been snagged by a Vauxhall.
1. Vauxhall Astra Ex-Police Car
The Ex Police Vauxhall Astra
Overheard at the Classic Motor Show:
“It was shit when it was new, it’s been ragged around by the police for the last 20 years and it’s shit now”
Not the voice of Good Shout Media. But we agree.
2. Rover 400
The Rover 400. Unimpressive at best.
Overheard at the Classic Motor Show:
“Of course it’s a great shame that so many of them have been used for banger racing”
Not the voice of Good Shout Media. But we don’t agree. We think ALL of them should be used for banger racing.
The Rover 400 was taking up valuable exhibition centre floorspace.
OK so this post created quite a stir on twitter when Greg from Classic and Sports Car tweeted us that it was ‘bad form to slam the Cav and 400 – they’re someone’s pride and joy’
If you do own a Cavalier or a Rover 400, we didn’t mean to offend you.
You have your reasons, and they’re the same reasons we don’t own a Cavalier or a Rover 400.
Well, they’re not, but that’s what the classic car scene is all about.
You like one thing, I like something else and we all come together at a car show to appreciate the variety, learn more about what we like and don’t like, form our own opinions and go away inspired.
It’s just that some cars inspire us more than others.
The Cavaliers and Rovers of this world have huge followings, and one person writing a silly blog about it on the internet isn’t going to change the fact that these more ‘unloved’ classics have plenty of people cooing over them at car shows nationwide.
Yes, it’s very cool that people give up their time to display these vehicles at car shows…
Just don’t mind us if we scoot past in a hurry.