The good, the bad and the ugly from the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

Today I made the trip to Birmingham’s NEC where the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show (catchy, isn’t it) was underway. 

Just like London’s Classic Car Show a few weeks back, the event left me with at least one SD card completely full. I’ve since uploaded a few shots to the gallery below- expect everything from timewarp classics to rust riddled shitheaps, I even bumped into television’s favourite restoration duo Mike Brewer & Ed China!

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This XK120 drophead coupe appeared to have its original paint and was in lovely, original condition
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What’s a gallery without an E-type
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It’s difficult to believe that this Lamborghini Countach 5000S was almost totally consumed by fire a few years back. It was saved by Ferrari specialist Terry Keys, who’s team managed to save many of its fire-damaged parts
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Porsche fans were all over this ducktail Carrera RS
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I can’t help but feel that the Lotus Esprit is an under-appreciated car
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More wedge than Tiger Woods’ bank account
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Something totally different was this Ford F-100, we go mad for these vehicles here in the UK
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Actually, the show was full of tasty American muscle cars and this Mustang was another strong example
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There’s a name you should be proud to have on your rocker cover(s)
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The Cheshire Capri Club were out in full force, this 1.6 Laser was a particularly mint example
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Original dealer stickers and all..
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Just how you remembered?
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Ford Motor Co number plate too..
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The Ford RS Owners club had this alarmingly shiny RS500 Cossie on its stand
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These sure are worth a few quid now
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This is a mirror placed beneath that same Sierra RS500 – it’s as clean underneath as it is above
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Yup, sorry, that’s enough pics of the Sierra now
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A similarly mint Escort was placed next to the Sierra
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At the opposite end of the stand was a lovingly restored Escort RS2000
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Away from the RS stand but still sticking with the blue oval was this lovely RS3100 Capri
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Probably my favourite car of the show was this Vauxhall Chevette HS
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The car has belonged to its current owner for 22 years
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Built as a homologation special for rally competition, the HS got a 2.3l slant four lump that kicked out 135hp
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In the far left of this picture you can just about make out the Chevette’s tartan interior
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Fast forward a decade or so and Vauxhall was producing this, the mk2 Astra GTE
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My gran had one of these when I was a lot younger, I still remember its quirky digital dash
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This sticker brings back memories of several warm and hot hatches, speaking of which..
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Milltek had its lovely miami blue 1.9 205 GTI on display
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Next to the 205 was its elder German rival, a Mk1 Golf GTI
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This Renault 5 Alpine Turbo didn’t have the crowd it deserved
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Such a quirky little thing
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That rear window sticker somehow blends in..
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A fetching little Citroen Dyane
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The plastic pig!
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This bizarre little car is known as the Meadows Frisky Sport, it’s one of just 15 examples that still exist
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Yep, there are four wheels, two of which are powered by a 325cc twin lump from Villiers
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One very purposeful little BM
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.. to one very lucky owner!
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Remember the Astra 4S? Originally built the ill-fated Group S series, the 4WD 4S got a supercharged version of the 2.4 litre Opel Ascona engine and today runs at 322hp
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The sticker can go, but this decked Imp was a real attention seeker
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The last thing to ever stop moving in European snow – the Fiat Panda 4×4
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Anyone who says the Frogeye Sprite isn’t the happiest car on earth, they’re wrong
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Barn find Anglia 105e
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Have you ever seen a car that looks quite so sorry for itself? It’s a Heinkel Kabine Model 150 if you were wondering
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I dread to think what people would be prepared to pay for this utterly fucked VW bus
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Barn find Capri RS3100, cobwebs and all
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Those mk1 facelift rear lights are worth big money alone
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Finding good metal could prove difficult with this one
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More rust porn, this time it’s a particularly brown Triumph TR7
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This TR7 was cruelly placed next to a full restored example
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eBay seller: slight rust around rear arch

 

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You know the paintwork you find on fairground rides, errr yeah..
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It doesn’t even want to be a Capri anymore
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This car does however have one redeeming feature..
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.. and it’s certainly not this bonnet-mounted temp gauge
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Yup, it’s the stonking V8 under its bonnet
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You know that kid at school who always wanted to be a policeman but never quite got there?
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That’s debatable. Say no to replica police cars, that’s my advice
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I’m calling bullshit on that one..
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Aerials – check, camera – check, lights and sirens – check
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Uh-oh 5-o!
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Here we have it: proof that absolutely any car can be loved
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Here’s another gorgeous XK120 with a few age related marks
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Tastefully done
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Would you look who it is!
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This Cortina could well be held together by its exterior trim..
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Amazingly, it’s set to be restored
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33 years in a hedge and this is what’s left
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Only for the brave
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BMW don’t do cars like this anymore
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MX5 chassis + Lexus V8 and lots of MINI parts = Healy Enigma V8 kit car
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There’s only one video that goes with this car

That’s enough for now – I’ll dump most of these images plus a few extras in the gallery below!

 

 

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