NEC Classic Car Show 16-18th November 2013
What can I say, but a fantastic show packed every day, bigger and better than before and I heard it is to increase next year to compete with the top German show Essen (April).
We arrived on the Thursday to set-up the stand, parked and polished the cars. BMW lent us their CSL Batmobile, a pre-war 328 and their newly acquired Isetta from the TV show Wheeler Dealers.
Visitors to the stand were real enthusiast and we had a lot of Irish friends visit as a cheap and quick flight from Ireland could be had. It was great to see some old 02 faces and every year I can catch up with them, which is great.
Several motoring personalities appeared including Mike Brewer, John Bentley, and a guest appearance from the Stig who made Steve’s weekend (see cover photo).
The stand was packed all weekend and what was amusing was we had approx. a ½ million pound pre-war 328 on the stand and guess what caused the most interest? “You got it” – the Isetta, and the times I had to answer the question “is this from Wheeler Dealers?”.
The M3 E30 also was one of the most popular and sadly the 328 was often over-looked, yes people didn’t know it, but they all know an E30 and the Isetta.
We had new Club clothing on show for pre-orders and 40 new members and 14 renewals joined the club.
Park Lane Classic were with us and generated a lot of interested in their E21 320 and parts they can now source for the more mature BMW.
They were some other stunning cars there including Bugatti’s, Several Isetta’s, a lovely 700 CS (yellow and white) on the Micro-car stand, Maserati’s, Ford’s, Jaguar’s, McLaren and just about every make and model – a fantastic show enjoyed by all.
A big thank you to everyone and a very enjoyable show you must not missed next year, maybe I’ll have my 2002 Tii finished by then as well?
Ross Harris, Richard Stern, John Castle, and of course BMW GB Ltd