Rust in peace
The Classic Car and Restoration Show isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you like your classics diligently polished to gleaming perfection, move on. Likewise if you have an irrational fear of dust and/or rust.
However, if you like your patina on the heavy side, read on.
The event takes up six cavernous halls of Birmingham’s NEC, which are stuffed to the rafters with classics in various states of decay, from those that have long since gone to the great scrapyard in the sky to those requiring a bit of minor TLC and a T-Cut.
To make it clear, there was a lot of rust on show. And I mean a lot.
It was like The Great British Flake Off.
One thing I learnt: if you’re ever tempted to buy a car that has this sticker on it… don’t.
The barn find area was a particular highlight for me.
I stood there gawping at the cars for hours. Amazing stuff.
Not everything was a dilapidated wreck though.
There were some awe-inspiring completed restorations too, some with their patina left intact.
I’ll show you my favourite cars from the event.
Firstly, this little Peugeot. It kinda looks like something the Anthill Mob would drive.
Possibly the singlemost forlorn and sad-looking E-Type on the planet.
Massive respect to the brave soul that attempts this restoration.
And finally, the car that had me and pretty much every other person at the show utterly spellbound.
Peering majestically out from under decades of neglect, this epically crusty Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
After seeing that little lot, my own restoration projects suddenly look a lot healthier.
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