Practical Classic Cars Show
Over 25,000 enthusiasts showed up for the 2018 Practical Classics Car and Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham, England. This year's event broke records for attendance, number of cars and clubs, restoration projects on display, and fundraising.
The Practical Classics Car Show, held over a three-day period, not only showcases cars that have been lovingly restored by their owners, but also barn finds, project cars, and old cars that see regular use. Several historic motorcycles were also on display.
Collecting and preserving special cars is understandable, but after all, cars were built to be driven. There's plenty of classics out there that are still fairly inexpensive to buy and maintain, and simple and easy to fix in the event that something goes wrong. It's a great testament to a car's durability that it's still on the road 50 years after it's production!
Among the Carole Nash Barn Find display were unrestored classics such as a Triumph TR6, an Austin A35, a Singer Gazelle and a vintage caravan. Live music was on hand as visitors viewed the barn finds.
Over the two-day sale, Classic Car Auctions saw 81 per cent of the 165 cars sold, with total sales reaching £2.1 million. Show director Lee Masters proudly declared, "There is no other show in the classic motoring community like it anywhere in the world!"
Elsewhere in the event were demonstrations from 159 classic motoring clubs, the most to ever appear at the show. There were also vehicle displays and workshop projects and TV motoring celebrities.
Proudly owned by Terry Smith, this Triumph TR4A is just one of many practical classic sports cars. The car sees regular use, as Terry attends many events across the country run by the TR Register.