The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is usually our biggest and best show and 2016's event certainly didn't disappoint! November each year sees the NEC transform into the Holy Grail for automotive enthusiasts and this year was no exception, with over 2,500 cars and bikes on display to visitors over three full days of excitement.
The cream of the UK's Car Clubs were being shown (and shone!) with some absolutely breathtaking sights as well as some truly fascinating restorations in progress. Classic Additions has been an exhibitor at the event since it began and early Friday morning found the team in place on our usual stand in Hall 1 ready to greet the morning influx of visitors. We were hoping that the show was going to be a busy one for us, but even the NEC were surprised at the 71,000 visitors that came over the course of the three days. It was really great to see some of our previous customers who dropped by for a chat about their cars and covers and we received some brilliant feedback which definitely put smiles on all of our faces!
We weren't free too often over the weekend to have a wonder around the event but after closing time every day we were at liberty to wonder around to our heart's content. We especially enjoyed seeing some of our covers in use and looking fantastic on display cars, keeping sticky fingers and drifting dust at bay overnight. There was so much to see and do over the three days that we have no idea how the people that only came for one day managed to fit everything in - they certainly must have done some excellent planning. For the team at Classic Additions, we loved wondering around and seeing the displays put on by the different car clubs, however there were some definite highlights:
- The beautifully restored 1966 Mini Traveller that won the Meguiar's Club Showcase Award was truly a sight to behold. What an incredible restoration project, certainly something to be proud of! The car even looked fabulous underneath it's Black Super Soft Stretch Indoor Cover that it was tucked away in at nighttime!
- The Bloodhound SSC was another incredible sight, perfectly positioned to greet new arrivals just inside the doors of Hall 1. The blue and orange land rocket is truly a testament to British engineering and seeing it up close was really quite exciting!
- BMW's celebration of the marque's 100th birthday meant that their stand was packed with some incredible examples of past, present and future cars!
- Ayrton Senna's Lotus 98T...enough said really!
We're planning for next year already - we've got no idea how they're going to outdo this year's event but it's going to be fantastic to watch them try!