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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

WalkerSport Ferrari 328 Good Shout Media Black and White

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.

Ferrari 328 GTB Walker Sport Ferrari Good Shout Media

The Classic Motorshow 2014: Our ‘Car Of The Show’

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the biggest event in the UK Classic Car calendar. Good Shout Media popped along to the NEC to pick out some of the cars that WE liked at this years show; not because they’re expensive, or historically significant, or rare… just because we think they’re pretty darn cool, but what was our favourite car of the show?

Good Shout Media Car Of Classic Motor Show 2014:

The Walker Sport Ferrari 328 GTB

WalkerSport Ferrari 328 Good Shout Media Black and White

The Ferrari 328 is an unassuming choice for car of the show. There are plenty of more valuable, faster, rarer, more impressive vehicles to choose from but something about this Ferrari 328 GTB really caught our eye. We’d innitially snapped photos of it on the Saturday, but couldn’t help going back for a closer look and a few more pictures on Sunday.

The car belongs to WalkerSport Ferrari, dedicated Ferrari specialists based in Shropshire.

The way the white and gold work with the red paintwork and the silver wheels really set this car off, the shape of the 328 lends itself to a two-tone colour scheme and WalkerSport have really nailed it in the aesthetics department.

The uprated and stiffer suspension mean the car sits lower than a standard 328, and the addition of larger wheels give the 328 a purpose that the factory model lacks. It somehow looks far more determined than a standard model – we always thought the 328 looked a bit soft for what it was.

BTB Exhausts put together a complete custom exhaust for the Ferrari 328 GTB which looks incredible.

At Good Shout Media it’s not often that we drool over a car covered in decals – race cars just aren’t really our thing, but this Ferrari 328 GTB combines style with luxury and a whole heap of classic Ferrari competitive agression, and for that reason, it was our Car of the Show 2014.

Here’s the story from WalkerSport Ferrari:

“WalkerSport acquired this Ferrari 328 GTB in March 2011 to compete in the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic series.

The 328 GTB was originally a rather unloved example, which had been converted from LHD to RHD sometime before WalkerSport took ownership. This 328 GTB was originally black, so in making the modifications WalkerSport weren’t diluting the numbers of ‘premium’ 328s left in the world as being a less than tidy example this car didn’t fit into that category.

The WalkerSport Ferrari 328 GTB - Before

The WalkerSport Ferrari 328 GTB – Before

The first job was removing a lot of the original parts. In order to comply with the Pirelli Ferrari Classic Std car class, the car has to retain the original dash board and centre tunnel, but everything else can go; so the seats, carpets, steering wheel, sound proofing, roof lining and seat belts were removed.

After a quick clean up and basic satin black coat of paint on the inside, a roll cage and racing seats were fitted. The seats were donated from a Ferrari 360 Challenge, which have a wider seat base than the original items, meaning the car needed new seat mountings to be fitted. The suede Momo steering wheel was mounted using a Hill Engineering 25mm spacer to bring it closer to the driver, and the new steering wheel is almost identical in shape and pattern as the original item.”

The WalkerSport Ferrari 328 GTB - After

The WalkerSport Ferrari 328 GTB – After

Full Spec of the WalkerSport Ferrari 328 GTB Group 3 Race Car:

  • Rebush all suspension
  • Brand new Brembo brakes
  • New Pagid Blue Brake Pads
  • All 4 calipers refurbished
  • Goodrich Braided Brake Lines
  • Uprated Revalve Koni suspension
  • New uprated suspension springs
  • Fit ducting to cool front brakes

Engine:

  • Remove cam covers to check proper timing marks, rectify oil leaks, (forward cam cover, gear linkage, cam seals)
  • Refurbished and uprated fuel metering unit
  • Custom exhaust and manifolds
  • New air intake hoses
  • Samco silicone Water hoses
  • Valvoline Race oil
  • Change gearbox oil
  • New Cam belts + bearings
  • New water pump and bearings
  • Remove Air conditioning compressor, matrix, dryer etc for weight reduction

Interior:

  • Strip interior (original dash and gear leaver tunnel as per regulations)
  • Remove soundproofing, carpets, roof lining etc
  • Stripped boot compartment
  • Standard electric mirrors replaced with Vitaloni Manual Units
  • Custom seat rail brackets
  • 2 x Ferrari 360 Challenge seats
  • Fitted roll cage and harnesses
  • 50mm Hill Engineering steering wheel spacer
  • Momo race steering wheel
  • Hill Engineering Pedal Kit
  • Hill Engineering quick shift gate with reverse lock
  • Added left foot rest

FIA Race Requirements:

  • Fit FIA plummed in Fire extinguisher (accessible inside the car and outside by marshall)
  • Fit FIA Engine Master switch (accessible inside the car and outside by marshal)
  • Fit additional side impact protection

Extras:

  • Brake Bias has been left standard
  • O/S fuel tank removed and balance pipes plugged
- Corner weight and adjust, Ballast added, ride height set
  • Fresh MOT (all class 3 cars must be road legal)
Ferrari 328 GTB WalkerSport Race Car

The Red/White/Gold combined with the stance of this car really made it for us.

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

Auto Finesse Caddy

Our star cars of the #ClassicMotorShow #3: Auto Finesse Volkswagen Caddy

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the biggest event in the UK Classic Car calendar. Good Shout Media popped along to the NEC to pick out some of the cars that WE liked at this years show; not because they’re expensive, or historically significant, or rare… just because we think they’re pretty darn cool…

#3 – The Auto Finesse Volkswagen Caddy

At Good Shout Media we have a real soft spot for a pick up truck.

We can’t stop going on about the Vauxhall Maloo road test, and our car ‘CV’ includes 3 Caddys, a 1.6, 1.8 GTI and a 2.0 Seat engined beast… We don’t do diesels when it comes to trucks.

The Auto Finesse Caddy was one of the first cars we saw when entering the NEC Classic Motor Show, and boy is it a looker.

Auto Finesse clearly know what’s what when it comes to marketing. Considering the size of their stand, they’d done a great job of making it look fantastic. The rustic boxes and well place truck (with music playing) were exactly what it took to draw the crowds.

We really have to take our hat off to these guys for making the most of what was essentially a single car display with a bit of retail space… Top work, and an inspiration to others!

When it comes to a promotional vehicle, Auto Finesse have the whole thing down.

When it comes to a promotional vehicle, Auto Finesse have the whole thing down.

Our star cars of the #ClassicMotorShow #2: Matra Murena

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the biggest event in the UK Classic Car calendar. Good Shout Media popped along to the NEC to pick out some of the cars that WE liked at this years show; not because they’re expensive, or historically significant, or rare… just because we think they’re pretty darn cool…

#2 – Matra Murena

We love it when a car stops us in our tracks. Catching sight of the Matra Murena, we had one of those ‘what the heck is that’ moments.

One closer inspection, and after speaking with one of the members of the Matra Owners Club, we learned that the car in question was a Matra Murena.

Made for 3 years from 1980-1983, the Matra Murena is a mid-engined fibreglass bodied sports hatch based on a galvanised chasis. Do you know what that means? No rust!

The unique selling point of the Murena is the three seat configuration, which means 3 adults can be seated comfortably for long jaunts down the French coast.

Perhaps it was because we’d spent 5 hours walking around the NEC, but when we found the Matra Murena we couldn’t help noticing that those seats looked a divine place to spend some time.

The angular lines of the Murena and the fact that it’s rare and obscure make it a definite edition to our ‘Star Cars’ round up.

Fibreglass body, galvanised chassis, no rusty!

Fibreglas body, galvanised chassis, no rusty!

Those seats look a fantastic place to be

Those seats look a fantastic place to be

The Matra Owners Club had a good selection of cars on show

The Matra Owners Club had a good selection of cars on show

Our star cars of the #ClassicMotorShow #1: 1970 Mercury Colony Park

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the biggest event in the UK Classic Car calendar. Good Shout Media popped along to the NEC to pick out some of the cars that WE liked at this years show; not because they’re expensive, or historically significant, or rare… just because we think they’re pretty darn cool…

#1 – 1970 Mercury Colony Park

Gary Nutton’s Mercury is quite a machine.

We didn’t have a tape measure, but if we had to guess we’d peg this one at about 800ft long from stern to aft.

Packing a 7.0 litre engine and an actual tree on each side, this American monster can hit 0-60mph in less than 9 seconds.

With acres of leather and a bench seat up front, the Colony Park looks like the perfect long distance road trip wagon.

Amazingly, this one owner car has only covered 54,000 miles from new, and other than some basic recommissioning was presented ‘as is’ at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November 2014.

The Mercury Colony Park is one of the finalists in the Footman James Car of the Year 2014 Competition which the specialist insurer is running in association with Classic American Magazine.

Mercury Colony Park 1970

Wood panels, white walls and concealed headlights. What’s not to like?