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Wadebridge Wheels 2015: What’s hot and what’s not

We love car shows. You turn up, oggle sexy cars, learn a bit more about what you like and what you don’t like, and go home!

Here’s our brief ‘What’s Hot and What’s Not’ summary of the Wadebridge Wheels 2015 Classic Car Show:

HOT

It’s a Volvo saloon. It’s got whitewalls. What’s not to like about that?!

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It’s a roaring V8. It’s subtle. It’s affordable. It’s outrageous.

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It’s an early Capri, which is the only one you’re allowed to have… According to us, that is

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NOT

It’s a Rover. It’s got pearlescent paint. It’s got a sign in the window saying ‘Open to offers’. We considered making a cash offer, but bought two flat whites from our friend in the Land Rover Coffee Van instead.

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We love an Escort Cosworth, that’s no secret… But those wheels?? Come on, please, show some respect, it’s not 1995 anymore.

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One Subaru is fine. Two is ok. Three is too many. Especially if they’re all the same colour. Sorry, Scooby fans, we know they’re fast, and 4×4, and they handle well, but at Good Shout Media we think they’re just a bit ‘meh’.

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Classic Motor Show 2014: What’s Hot and What’s NOT – Our Verdict

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

**FINAL NOTE**

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.

Porsche 993 values on the up

This weekend’s Classic Motor Show at the NEC featured the annual Silverstone Auctions Sale, and the quality of this years entries was once again top notch.

Sitting pretty in the centre of the auction area were a brace of Porsche 993 models, the oft-forgotten 911 of the mid 1990s that’s due it’s turn in the classic car limelight.

Porsches of the 60s and 70s get plenty of attention on the classic car scene, and judging by the results achieved by the five models listed below, there has never been a better time to invest in a Porsche 993…

The 5 Porsche 993s of the Silverstone Auction, NEC Classic Motor Show 2014:

1996 Porsche 911 993 Targa Manual

1996 Porsche 911 993 Targa Manual

Lot No 332: 1996 Porsche 911 993 Targa Manual
Estimate: £37-42k
Sale Price: £47,725

 

1996 Porsche 911 993 Turbo X50

1996 Porsche 911 993 Turbo X50

Lot No 348: 1996 Porsche 911 993 Turbo X50
Estimate: £75-90k
Sale Price: £90,000

 

1996 Porsche 911 993 Carrera Targa S Tiptronic

1996 Porsche 911 993 Carrera Targa S Tiptronic

Lot No 613: 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera Targa S Tiptronic (White)
Estimate: £40-45k
Sale Price: £42,188

 

1998 Porsche 911 993 C2

1998 Porsche 911 993 C2

Lot No 624: 1998 Porsche 911 993 C2
Estimate: £38-42k
Sale Price: £48,375

 

1995 Porsche 911 993 Carrera RS

1995 Porsche 911 993 Carrera RS

Lot No 626: 1995 Porsche 911 993 Carrera RS (Red)
Estimate: £140-170k
Sale Price: £159,750

 The real question is though, which Porsche 993 would Good Shout Media go for?

Of the cars sold at the Silverstone Auction at the Classic Motor Show, it just has to be the Yellow 993 C2. Those Cup wheels, that paintwork… it’s almost the perfect 911, however if there had been a Turbo in Arena Red, then that would have clinched it.

Maybe next time we spot a Porsche 993 at a Silverstone Auction we’ll be bidding instead of blogging!

Good Shout Media's dream Porsche 993… A Turbo, in Arena Red.

Good Shout Media’s dream Porsche 993… A Turbo, in Arena Red.

All photos credit Silverstone Auctions