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Very late in posting this, but life is busy, so I do what a can when I can. Here are 10 cars that really stood out to me at the London Concours 2022 that I’ve never seen before. In no particular order. Just wow on these cars, I love a rare and unique car.

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1996 Mercedes-Benz F200 ‘Imagination’

1996 Mercedes-Benz F200 ‘Imagination’

Featured in the coachbuilt and concepts concours class. What a sleek and beautiful looking car. Revealed at the 1996 Paris motor show, the electro- transparent roof would be seen on the Maybach 62, the butterfly doors would be used on the McLaren Mercedes SLR and the active body control suspension system would eventually be introduced on the 1999 CL- Class.

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2005 Bizzarrini Ghepardo

2005 Bizzarrini Ghepardo

I like this car a lot. Unique looking, very low, just cool, period. The Ghepardo concept was revealed at the 2005 Geneva Auto Salon, with an all-aluminium body – a Bizzarrini calling card – and the shape inspired by the legendary 5300 GT.  The engine came from a Renault – derived GP2 engine capable of revving to 10,000 rpm. The car was said to be capable of 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 225 mph.

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1998 Jaguar XK180 concept car

1998 Jaguar XK180 concept car

I think that this Jaguar has to be one of the coolest Jaguar’s ever made and not put into full production. What a shame. Looks very cool dont’t you think?

Built to mark 50 years of the XK120, the XK180 caused a huge stir at the 1998 Paris motor show. It was designed by XJ220 stylist Keith Helfet as a modern interpretation of the D-Type and E-Type. Although enthusiastically received, only two cars were ever built: this example is owned by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.

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1956 Maserati A6G 2000 GT

1956 Maserati A6G 2000GT

Very elegant and a beautiful looking car. Just 60 A6G 2000 GT’s were built, with most being bodied by Zagato, Pininfarina or Frua.  However, this particular example is one of 21 crafted by Turin- based Carrozzeria Allemano. 

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1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible

1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible

Featured in the fins and chrome and class. Very cool. You’d certainly need to have a large garage to fit this beauty in.

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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Zagato

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Zagato

Featured in the coach built and concepts class. Another Zagato beauty.

The 1900 was Alfa’s first production-line car, but while upper management heralded the cost savings, general manager Iginio Alessio feared for the future of the Italy’s design houses and stylists. He instructed the car to be made so that five coachbuilders could use the unitary frame as the basis for their creations.

Zagato created this example for Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier, who won with it at the 1955 Swedish Grand Prix, and took a class victory at the Karlskoga circuit a week later.  Bonnier then sold the Alfa to Carl Lohmander, who competed in it at Denmark’s Roskilde Ring before inviting Bonnier to drive it at Oulton Park’s 1955 International Trophy. Again he took class victory.

Lohmander raced the car at several events, such as the Avusrennen in Berlin, and the car was featured in the December 1955 edition of Motor-Revy.  The car has since remained in Sweden and Norway, continuing to compete in many events.

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1991 Ronart Lightning GT

1991 Ronart Lightning GT

Featured in the coach built and concepts class. Not a beauty in my opinion, but unique for sure.

Built on the principles of quality and correctness – and V8 talk – the Peterborough – produced and built Ronart Lightning was intended to be a leading grand tourer. The body is all carbon fibre, and the space frame chassis and monocoque were designed in house with bespoke suspension.

The engine and gearbox came from Ford’s Mustang SVT, and it’s 4.6-Litre V8 provided 320bhp. A 500bhp supercharged version was also offered. The car was ahead of its time, featuring sat-nav, integral cooling fans in the leather Recaro seats, and it also had detachable carbon fibre roof panels.  Only six examples were built before production ceased, and this is one of justice three that are thought still to exist.  The fifth car built, it was the Ronart demonstrator and specified by the company chairman.

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1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Pick-Up

1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Pick-Up

Featured in the coach built and concepts class. Two phrases I never thought I would hear in the same sentence Rolls-Royce and pick up. Amazing that this car even exists and respect to the original owner for commissioning its creation.

The brief for this unusual conversion was simple: build the ultimate Goodwood Revival tow vehicle. The car’s owner, a prominent historic motorsport enthusiast, entrusted Essex based Clarke and Carter with transforming a 1967 Silver Shadow into an elegant pickup.

In fact, the example the specialist was given had already been converted, but to a rather lesser standard- so to attain the quality required the restorers virtually had to start all over again.

The result is befitting of the authentic cars ethos, with hand-crafted detailing applied throughout. Fun flourishes included the ‘pick-up’ badging, created in a script mimicking what you would find on an original Silver Shadow.

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1935 Jaguar SS1 Airline Saloon

1935 Jaguar SS1 Airline Saloon

Featured in the great British history class. I just think this is a cool car, very unique looking and a unusual colour.

The SS1 offered extravagant looks for a palatable price, and was available in fixed head coupe, tourer, sports saloon and drophead coupe form. It was not intended as a performance car, with up to 20 BHP available.

The Airline coupe was styled to get the most out of the six- cylinder engine, with a smooth air-sparing design that reflected the art deco fashion of the time. Only 624 were produced, and this one was originally delivered in March 1935 to Captain S Clough by Glovers of Harrogate.

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1929 Vauxhall Hurlingham 20-60 Speedster

1929 Vauxhall Hurlingham 20-60 Speedster

Featured in the great British history class. Vauxhall built its’s first car in 1903, making it Britains oldest car maker. Named after the Vauxhall area of Lambeth where the original works were located. In 1905 Vauxhall moved to Luton where between 1927 and 1933 less than 50 Hurlinghams were built. To date only 19 cars are known worldwide with 5 in the UK. The Hurlingham captured the art-deco spirit of the 20’s with a centre body line running from the speedbird mascot to cropped boat tail. Scuttle mounted marine style vents, twin window-screens and flip up mother-in-law dicky seat complete the design.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cars as much as I did. Many of these cars I saw for the very first time at the London Concours, which is why I love this event so much and cannot wait for next years event.

Have you seen our video (below), where we take a walk around the London Concours 2022, if not, here it is (and don’t forward to subscribe to our YouTube Channel).

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Here is a selection of our favourite photos from the Classic Motor Show 2022, featuring custom cars, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Ford and more.

A great event as always.  Did you attend?  What did you think?

It’s an absolute belter of an event. So massive, spread over several halls it normally takes me the whole day to walk around the show and I am sure I miss out on loads of stuff.

That’s me done on car show now for 2022. Now I look forward to 2023. Make sure that you are following us on our social media channels and subscribe to our newsletter so that you do not miss out on our free give aways and competitions.

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Many more photos from the Classic Motor Show here.

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Here’s a little information about the beautiful 1963 ATS 2500 GT Coupe which was on display at the 2022 Concours of Elegance. What a beautiful shape. Lots of chrome. A wonderful looking rear end. We love it. You can see more Concours of Elegance news, reviews, videos and galleries here.

In terms of office-based tiffs, very few can have had such an impact on the automotive world as Enzo Ferrari‘s infamous falling out with key members of his eponymous empire.

Staff relations had been fractious for some time prior to November 1961, but came to head over the influence of Enzo’s wife, Laura, in the company.  Sales manager Girolamo Gardini, manager Romolo Tavoni, chief engineer Carlo Chiti and development boss Giotto Bizzarrini issued a written ultimatum demanding her removal. Enzo fired them.

The ousted party soon set up a new company – Automobili Turismo e Sport, or ATS, funded by one of Ferrari’s most treasured customers, Count Giovanni Volpi’s Scuderia Serenissima.  The 2500GT was the resulting road car – it had a mid-engined 2.5-litre V8 courtesy of Carlo Chiti and a chassis honed by Bizzarrini.  The styling was courtesy of Franco Scaglione, and the body was crafted by Allemano.

This example is chassis 2004, and its first registered owner, Bruce McIntosh, bought it along with a spare 2.5-litre engine in around 1966.  McIntosh unfortunately damaged the car, requiring the replacement of the damaged nose with a factory-built component. This work was performed in England by Grand Prix Metalworks, owned by Carl Rosner.

McIntosh sold the car to Rosner, who never really completed the car until the time he decided to sell it, in 1971.  It is believed that the car was then briefly in the hands of an unknown enthusiast before being passed to Norbert McNamara, a Californian racer and collector, who already owned ATS chassis 2001, which had been converted to Chevrolet power. He bought chassis 2004 because it came with a spare engine that originally powered his own car.

After McNamara’s death the ATS underwent a two-year mechanical restoration in Costa Rica, completed in time for the 2008 Modena Cento Ore classic rally.  After the event, the car returned to Costa Rica and was completely dismantled, with everything rebuilt as new.

Koni rebuilt the dampers, and a new clutch disc was located, while new custom gaskets and rebuild kits for the rare dual-throat 38 IDM Weber carburettors were supplied by Pierce Manifold.  A set of special transmission gears were fabricated by the same company that produced the gears for the McLaren F1.

What a beautiful looking car, a rare car and we love it. We hope you love it to.

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Paddington, corgis, and that James Bond Skit. These are just three of the many of things that make us think of the royal family. 

Another is the hit Netflix series The Crown, and with a new season coming out on November 9th, Google searches for the show have increased by 128% in the past week alone. 

The show is praised for its accuracy, and while it may not feature a certain fictional spy or marmalade sandwiches, it does heavily feature the royal family’s beloved classic car collection. In celebration of this, Heritage Car Insurance have decided to look back at some of the royal family’s favourite classic cars as featured in the hit show: 

The Queen 

Queen Elizabeth II was an enthusiastic motorist, and even in her 90s she continued to enjoy driving, often photographed behind the wheel. More often than not this was in a Land Rover, and The Crown has definitely paid tribute to that. The show frequently showcases the love the Queen had for driving, especially piloting herself (and occasional Prime Ministers) around Balmoral. 

1952 Land Rover Series I 

It is no secret that Land Rover is one of the favourite brands of the royal family. Land Rover’s royal connection dates back to 1948 when King George VI was presented with the 100th production Land Rover. The Land Rover Series 1 was designed by Maurice Wilks in 1948 and was influenced by the American Willys Jeep of WWII. 

Land Rover Series 1 (1952)

Source: Wikipedia 

Daimler DS420 Limousine 

The Daimler DS420, also known as the Daimler Limousine, was made by The Daimler Company Limited between 1968 and 1992. Many countries used it as an official state car, and the DS420 limousine has been delivered to more reigning monarchs than any other model, and the royal family is no exception. Interestingly, the 1992 Daimler DS420 Limousine was originally supplied to Her Majesty the Queen Mother, and it is one of the cars that we see her in most frequently on the show.   

Source: Jaguar Heritage Trust 

The Queen Mother was quite particular about her Daimlers; she had them in black over royal claret, a softer rear cushion than standard, and usually with her personal mascot, a lion, on the grille. She can be seen here visiting the Vanden Plas factory in London in 1970, inspecting the car being built for her. 

Source: MyDS420

Land Rover Series 3 Station Wagon  

 In series 3, The Queen was driving an LWB Land Rover Series 3 station wagon during a hunting party on the Balmoral estate in Scotland.  

 In later years a good number of Defenders and Range Rovers have also featured in the former monarch’s lineup. 

Queen Elizabeth II with Crown Equerry Lt Col Sir John Miller (1919-2006) as well as her bodyguard and chauffeur, standing by a Land Rover on the Windsor estate in Berkshire, England, Great Britain, 11 May 1985. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Source: Getty 

The Rolls-Royce Phantom VI  

The Queen also owned two Rolls-Royce Phantom VIs, a Silver Jubilee Car and a more conventional 1986 model. Prior to the introduction of the two Bentley State Limousines in 2002, these were the official state cars. The show features a lot of different Rolls-Royce models, but the Phantom VI was the one the Queen used in real life.  

Source: Rolls-Royce 

Prince Phillip

1956 Lagonda 3 Litre Tickford Drophead Coupé  

In 1954, Prince Philip commissioned an Aston Martin Lagonda 3-liter Drophead Coupe as a sports car that he and the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth could drive around in.  

There were only twenty of these vehicles made, and it is the only one that wasprivately owned by the Duke of Edinburgh. Over the course of seven years, Prince Philip used the convertible as his personal vehicle. We can see it in Series 2 of The Crown

Source: GoodWood 

MG TD  

Prince Philip also once owned a classic MG sports car, which played a massive role in the courtship of the future Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, as we also see in the early episodes of the show.  

In real life, he drove an MG TC when he was courting the then Princess Elizabeth, which he  traded in for the TD. Always an avowed MG fan, he also hosted several MG gatherings at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, proving that you never forget your first love.  

circa 1950: Prince Philip driving his car with Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, in the passenger seat. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Source: Getty  

King Charles 

Aston Martin DB6 Volante Series II   

As seen throughout the show, the then Prince Charles (played by Josh O’Connor) drives his Aston Martin DB6 Volante, which is very similar to the one the actual prince bought in 1971.  

King Charles still owns the car to this day, and he once famously said in an interview that it runs on wine and cheese. Yes, quite literally, he said it runs on surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process! RS Williams Ltd converted the Prince’s DB6 into a cheese and wine machine by working with a Gloucestershire-based bioethanol company called Green Fuels. 

Source: The Telegraph

Princess Diana 

Austin Mini Metro  

During her time working in a nursery in London, Lady Diana Spencer drove a basic version of the Austin Mini Metro, which became one of the most photographed cars in history as paparazzi closely documented her life.  

Prince Charles bought the vehicle for the then Lady Diana after he test-drove the vehicle out of the British Leyland factory in Longbridge. He took it on a 20-mile trip.  

Source: Treasured Cars 

1987 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Cabriolet  

This was the personal car of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was built towards the end of Cabriolet production. Cabriolets are normally only available as two-seaters, but this one was specially fitted with two rear seats for Princes William and Harry. This car was used by the Princess between 1987 and 1991. 

Source: Jaguar Heritage Trust 

Princess Margaret 

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II LWB (1980)  

This car was delivered new to Princess Margaret. According to Princess Margaret’s instructions, the Silver Wraith II had been designed with particular details: finished in Cardinal Red under a black Everflex covered roof, inset with Standard Pennant and Royal Crest mountings and even a blue police light!  

It is truly a bespoke interior, and for a lady who is often portrayed on the show as ostentatious, it’s rather modest. This exact version of her car cannot be seen on the show, but it is truly iconic and fit for royalty. 

Source: CarScoops 

Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director at Heritage Car Insurance comments:  “The royal family’s choice of cars through the decades shows their support for British manufacturers and the heritage of British motoring. 

From the style and glamour of Jaguar and Aston Martin, to the enduring practicality of Land Rover, the royals have embraced the best of British, with iconic results. As one of the most photographed families in the world, the cars are always there, fulfilling both style and function in historic moments – both in real life and on-screen depictions.”

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We attended this years Concours of Elegance on the first day, Friday 2nd Sept. With this years event being the 10th anniversary, it was a truly wonderful event with several previous Concours winning cars on show. Here are selection of some of our favourite photos that we sourced from this wonderful event from the days we were not there. Some great shots and unique photos. Maximum respect goes out to all the photographers taking the official photos over the weekend . I hope you enjoy browsing this selection of photos (above), some great shots…

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You can see many more of the photos we took at Concours of Elegance 2022 here on our Concours of Elegance 2022 Facebook Album. Also I strongly recommend that you take a look at our top 10 cars from this show and many others here.

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Another year brings another chance for us classic car enthusiasts to be part of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, which once again brings together an impressive array of classic car and motorcycle clubs. Alongside this, there will be iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes for sale, autojumble and stalls and anything classic car related, ensuring it’s an event not to be missed.

This is the renowned and best season finale for any classic car/bike owner, enthusiast, club member, collector, or simply anybody with a passion for classic vehicles! 

But there’s a lot more than just the classics that will be on display. After you’ve admired these amazing vehicles, you can source parts and tools for your maintenance and restoration needs from the many specialist traders, or shop for those elusive pieces in the autojumble. If you’re looking for something to fill that classic-shaped hole in your life then you’re sure to find an outstanding range on offer from the Car Dealers and at Silverstone Auctions.

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There are also many activities that you can enjoy, including presentations from motoring celebrities and experts, and hearing from specialists throughout the halls. You’ll be able to drive out in a unique classics with HERO-ERA or Sporting Bears, helping them raise money for some wonderful children’s charities.

Read on to find out what the show will include and how you can enter our competition to win show tickets.

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Highlights to Wet Your Appetite

Whether you want to roam the halls and relish in rare vehicle discoveries, you are looking for information on a particular marque, want to meet celebrities, fancy a driving experience, or learn practical skills, the show has something on offer for all classic car and bike lovers.

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New for 2022

As well as the usual show favourites, there will be plenty of exciting new features at this year’s show, from live music performances to historic racing bikes.

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Alternative Fuels

The future of motoring seems to be steering us to all-electric, leading many classic car owners to seek out available alternatives. This year’s event will showcase how some classics are making the change and staying on the road.

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Restomods

This growing trend fits classic/retro vehicles with modern features, where old meets new and classic meets modern, giving you the best of both worlds.

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Wings Tour Bus

Paul McCartney’s 1972 Wings Over Europe Tour bus restoration is nearing completion and will be on display, featuring live music performances throughout the weekend.

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Motul Historic Racing Bike Feature

Suzuki racing motorbikes will be presented in a stunning display, with Motul showcasing the past fifty years of top flight two-wheeled motorsport.

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Meguiar’s Detailing Bay

Meguiar’s will be bringing their detailing bay to the show, alongside their much-loved Club Showcase. Presenting car’s under the light, the team will get to work on the chosen cars and leave them sparkling.

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Classic Car Displays 

Spanning over 120 years, from vintage motors to traditional British classics, historic motorsport to American muscle cars and retro hot hatches, this year the show will explore more stunning collections of vehicles that are brought together for the classic car community’s season finale at Birmingham’s NEC.

Whether you’re interested  in what’s going on under the bonnet or prefer to gawp at these amazing vehicles and imagine hitting the open road, one thing’s for sure – the Classic Motor Show is the best motoring day out for car fans from any decade.

No matter what aspect of the motoring work interests you, be it classic cars, bikes, buses or vans, you will find something to astound you amongst the 3000+ vehicles on display. 

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Classic Car and Bike Clubs

Every year the show welcomes hundreds of classic clubs to fill halls with their unique cars, vans and motorbikes. Each and every club and members of it, bring so much knowledge and joy along with their gorgeous vehicles. A broad range of marques and models will be represented, guaranteeing visitors will find their favourites.

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Traders, Dealers & Autojumble

Find everything you need as a car lover. Explore more than 600 exhibitor stands offering all the products and services you could need. Dive into the plethora of goodies that the Autojumble has to offer, talk wheels with specialist exhibitors, and source your first or next classic car with the dealers or at auction with an excellent range of cars for sale.

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Silverstone Auctions

Silverstone Auctions holds with one of their most high profile classic car auctions in the UK, featuring 100+ classic cars and motorcycles at the show, plus a great range of automobilia.

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Looking to buy? 

Whether you’re a fan of Aston Martin, BMW, Ford, Ferrari, LamborghiniPorsche, or Triumph, you can find something to aspire to on the auction block or from the car dealers selling their cars at the show.

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Looking to sell?

If you want to get the best price for your classic beauty, Silverstone Auctions offer a superb opportunity to get your car or motorcycle in front of a highly receptive audience. You can speak to them or other dealers at the show.

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Classic Motorbike Showcase

The Classic Motorbike Showcase welcomes classic bike enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond to share their passion for remarkable two-wheeled classics. Come and admire motorbikes from an array of marques. 

With clubs representing BSA Bantam, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, and more there is something to suit every interest. You’ll have the chance to spend time talking with the clubs representing your favourite!

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Pride of Ownership

Celebrating classic cars and fantastic motorcycles, this glorious display gathers together owners and enthusiasts to vote for your favourite of these cherished vehicles.

Past displays have shown cars found as a wreck and restored to their former glory. Others that have been owned over decades from brand new by the same owner, as well as some extremely rare examples. Prepare for many wonderful stories of how these vehicles hold significant sentimental value to loved ones.

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Classic American Car of the Year

Throughout the year, Classic American’s editor, Ben, searches the country for the best in show cars. He’s whittled it down to 6 spectacular motors that will be in the running to become the Classic American Car of the Year.

Finalists include a 1958 cream Cadillac, a 1972 burnished bronze Buick Riviera, and a 1936 yellow Cord Westchester Saloon.

Come and admire all of the cars at the show and see who is crowned the winner!

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Meguiar’s Club Showcase

This fabulous feature showcases ‘the best of the best’ from the UK classic car club scene from the last year. The celebration brings together an astonishing line up of award-winning cars from club-organised events throughout the course of the year. These cars undergo intense scrutiny at the Classic Motor Show before the ultimate ‘best in show’ is revealed at the prize giving on Sunday afternoon.

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Restoration Theatre

Ever wanted to find out about classic vehicle restoration? Well now you can from the expert mechanics and renovators at the Restoration Theatre. Whether you’re interested in working on your own project, or looking for a career change, you can learn some great skills here!

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HERO-ERA Arrive & Drive

Get behind the wheel of a stunning classic motor courtesy of HERO’s Arrive & Drive fleet and take a 4-mile spin around the NEC.

Have you ever dreamed about getting behind the wheel of a stunning classic motor?
Now you have the chance! HERO- ERA’s Arrive & Drive fleet are available for you to make this dream a reality. You’ll have the chance to take a classic car of your choice for a 4-mile spin around the NEC throughout the show.

Even if you don’t feel confident about driving one of these iconic cars yourself, or you don’t have a licence, no need to stress, one of their dedicated team will be delighted to take you for a passenger ride!

If that hasn’t wetted your appetite then nothing will!

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So you want to be a classic car collector? It’s not a bad life if you can afford it. But before you start spending your hard-earned cash on vintage vehicles, there are a few things you should know. This blog post will give you tips for aspiring classic car collectors. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been collecting cars for years, these tips will help you refine your process and get the most out of your collection.

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Do your research.

This is probably the most important tip for aspiring classic car collectors. You need to know what you’re looking for before you start buying cars. Read books and magazines, talk to other collectors, and join online forums to learn as much as you can about classic cars. Once you’ve done your research, you’ll be able to spot a good deal when you see one.

Set a budget.

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re buying classic cars, so it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. Determine how much money you’re willing to spend on your collection, and don’t go over that amount.

Buy what you like.

One of the best things about collecting classic cars is that you can buy the ones you love. So if you’re passionate about a certain make or model, don’t be afraid to splurge on it. You’ll enjoy your collection more if you have cars that you’re excited about.

Choose wisely.

Not all classic cars are created equal. Some are better investments than others, so it’s important to choose wisely when building your collection. If you’re not sure which cars are worth your money, consult a professional appraiser or car specialist. They’ll be able to help you find the best deals.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate.

Remember, the price isn’t set in stone. If you think a car is overpriced, don’t be afraid to negotiate. Many sellers are willing to come down on their asking price, so it’s always worth a shot.

Get a pre-purchase inspection.

Before you buy a classic car, make sure you get a pre-purchase inspection from a qualified mechanic. This will help you avoid any expensive surprises down the road.

Join a classic car club.

Joining a classic car club is a great way to meet other collectors and learn more about the hobby. There are clubs for all different makes and models of cars, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.

Attend classic car shows.

Classic car shows are a great way to see some of the world’s most beautiful cars up close and in person. They’re also a great place to meet other collectors and find out about upcoming events.

Store your cars properly.

If you want your classic cars to stay in good condition, you need to store them properly. Keep them in a climate-controlled garage or storage facility, and make sure they’re covered when they’re not in use.

Insure your collection.

Make sure you insure your classic car collection against theft, fire, and other damage. This will protect your investment and give you peace of mind. Work with machinery movers to get your new machines from the dealer to your business when purchasing heavy machinery.

Design your garage.

While you can store your classic cars just about anywhere, it’s best to have a designated area for them. This could be a separate garage or simply a section of your home’s garage. Keep this area clean and organized, and make sure only authorized people have access to it.

Following these tips will help you become a successful classic car collector. So if you’re thinking about starting a collection, be sure to keep these things in mind. Happy collecting!

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If you live in LA and have a classic car, you know how important it is to keep your beloved vehicle safe from thieves and other types of damage. But how do you do this if your car is an older model? The tips below will help you keep your classic car secure in Los Angeles.

Never leave your car idling

Idling can be expensive and harmful to the environment, so it’s best to avoid it whenever possible. Not only that, but leaving your car running when you step out for a minute gives theives plenty of opportunity to strike. So don’t leave your vehicle as an easy target!

You may also want to consider turning off all unnecessary accessories when parked or waiting—including lights and radios—to save battery power and prevent vandals from spotting an easy target for theft.

Never keep spare keys in the car or unsecured outside your house

We’ve all left our keys under the doormat or in a plant pot at one point or another. This is a major risk factor for theft, as the thief can use your spare key to make a copy and then break into the car, or simply drive off with it. Always keep your spare key somewhere else that’s not connected to your vehicle (e.g., at home in a secure lock box) and make sure not to tell others where you’ve hid them, unless it’s someone who needs access to your car.

Keep your car in a garage when you’re not using it

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A garage is the best way to keep your classic car safe from the elements, and it’s also a great way to keep it safe from thieves. Thieves might break into your home if they know you have a valuable car, so keeping it in a garage or storage space is important.

If you don’t have a garage or a secure place to leave your car at home, monthly parking in LA is relatively easy to come by.

If you must park outside, consider installing motion-detecting lights around the perimeter of where you park your vehicle. If someone breaks in while your car is parked outside at night, these lights will go on and alert neighbors who can call police for help.

Invest in steering wheel locks

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to keep your classic car secure, steering wheel locks are a great choice. They come in many different styles and can be purchased with or without keys. They’re usually very easy to install on your own, but if you need help finding the right one for your car or have trouble installing it, many auto repair shops will help you out for a small fee.

However, steering wheel locks aren’t the perfect solution—they can easily be defeated by thieves who have enough time on their hands. But, they’re better than nothing because they deter would-be thieves from trying to steal your vehicle in the first place – they might look elsewhere for an easier target. And since there’s no real installation required after purchase (you just slide them onto the steering wheel), you can have your car safe and secure in just a minute or two.

Always park your car in well-lit areas

Leaving your car unattended during the day is better than doing so at night, and parking in a well-lit area is better than in a dark area. Also, parking near other cars is better than in an isolated area; there’s safety in numbers and a single car is an easier target than one parked in a busy street in broad daylight.

Don’t leave valuables in your car

Your car itself might be the most valuable thing you own, but don’t forget about the things you have stored inside it too.

Don’t leave anything in your car that’s of obvious value—this includes loose change, jewelry, or even an expensive-looking phone case. Thieves know how valuable these things can be, even if they don’t know what they are. Even if you think nothing will happen to them, it’s always better to play it safe than sorry.

Be sure that all valuables are removed from inside before leaving your car; nothing ruins an afternoon spent wandering around town like finding out after returning home that everything was stolen while we were away!

Keep your registration up-to-date and on hand at all times

If you don’t have your registration on hand, then it will be difficult for the police or tow truck driver to prove that your vehicle belongs to you when they arrive at the scene of an accident or theft situation involving your vehicle.

Keep the vehicle off limits to anyone but the family members who need to drive it

You’ll want your classic car off limits to anyone but family members who need to drive it. If you have a garage, keep the vehicle locked in there when not in use. You can also consider having a hidden switch installed that turns power off when the car is not in use, ensuring that no one can start it up and drive away undetected.

If you don’t have a garage or just don’t feel comfortable keeping your classic car locked up all the time, then at least do yourself another favor by making sure only family members know where the keys are kept so they can get into the vehicle if necessary (and hopefully not for joyrides!).

Conclusion

Whether you simply drive your classic car to work throughout the week or plan on taking it out for an auto show, there are steps that you can take to make sure that your ride is secure when you’re not around. We hope these tips above have helped you find the perfect solution for keeping your classic car secure.

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We attended this years Petrolheadonism Live on the second day, Sunday 25th September. This was the second running of this event (the first Petrolheadonism Live taking place in 2021), and it was a truly unique car show like no other. This show was loud, different, engaging and lots of well known car personalities in attendance, such as Richard Rawlings (Gas Monkey Garage), Helen Stanley (Artist & Presenter specialising in car culture), Shmee150 (You Tuber), Andy C (You Tuber) and many more.

Petrolheadonism Live 2022

Having never attended this event before I was expecting this car show to be all about supercars. How wrong I was. This show is about anything to do with cars, and what a variety of cars were on show. There were supercars, classic cars, hot rods, American muscle cars and a lot of custom cars. You can see all of our photos from the show here.

1950 BUick Sedanette Special

This show is a right mix and it’s 100% worth coming to this event, assuming it continues every year, and we hope it does. It’s a show that will be on our must attend.  This years Petrolheadonism Live was a great day out.  There was loads on, and this car show doesn’t cost a lot of money compared to a lot of car shows these days that seem to all cost £50 plus, this car show was £20 for one day, £30 for the weekend if you were showing a car as I was.  If you were just an attendee 1 day entry £25 for Adults, £12.50 (3-14 year olds), or 2 day entry £39.50 for Adults, £16 (3-14 year olds). Excellent value and I hope the organisers continue to focus on good value rather than profiteering like some other car shows (mentioning no names).

The show was staged at Knebworth House, which I’d never visited before.  What a beautiful and unique looking building, I’d say beautiful, with lots of Gothic features including gargoyles (cool).  A very large estate, this stately home is set in 250 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, Knebworth House is one of England’s most colourful stately homes. It took me a good 5 to 10 minutes driving slowly (of course) from the front gate to get to the house. There seems to be lots to do here at Knebworth House for families and people that love historic architecture as I do.

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, UK

Knebworth House is a Grade II listed building. Its gardens are also listed Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. In its surrounding park is the medieval St. Mary’s Church and the Lytton family mausoleum. The home of the Lytton family since 1490. Henry Lytton-Cobbold lives at the house with his family. After a career in the film industry in Los Angeles, he lets production companies to film on location in the house and gardens. The grounds include tourist attractions such as an adventure playground and dinosaur park and host various events including classic car rallies.

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, UK

Anyway back to Petrolheadonism live.

You can see our top 10 cars from the show here.

There were lots of car clubs in attendance. Different to many shows, was the focus on custom cars, modified cars, hot rods. Some of are favourites cars of the modified variety I highlight below.

Petrolheadonism Live 2022
Petrolheadonism Live 2022
1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
Mercury Park Lane
Willy Car

So many more cars that I could have posted above, given the volume of cool cars on show. Respect to all the owners, lovely cars, your pride and joy is admired by this car fan. Sorry if I did not feature you car. Bravo to all those that took part.

There was a lot going on during the day, with a live stage, and throughout the day different guests were interviewed, cars were paraded, and award given. There were plenty of companies there selling their services, products, merchandise, and of course I bought a product or two.

I’m now looking forward to the show in 2023 and how will things develop?

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This is a 1952 Chevrolet step side pickup hot rod that I saw recently at Petrolheadonism Live 2022. What an absolute stunning car, and it really hit me hard with it’s beauty. The car colour, the chrome, the restoration. The Owner and his pal have done a wonderful job on the car. Here’s some information on this car in the owners own words.

1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

The owner (Clive Hardy) purchased this Chevy for £500. What he got was a body shell and a pile of parts and no running gear. It took him, with his good friend Rob Clarke, 12-years to achieve the result you see here today working religiously every Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Clive decided that with so many missing components the only sensible solution was to turn it into a hot rod. The pickup is painted in Kandy Apple Red from House of Kolor by OCS Paints at Northampton. The truck has been painted this colour in hidden places like under the hood (bonnet), under the sills and under the fenders (wings). Apart from the gorgeous colour the other striking visual difference is the lowered roof line. Rob and Clive deliberated how much metal to remove to chop the roof, 3 or 4 inches. Clive chose to go with 4 inches as this still left plenty of headroom in the cab.

1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

As the Chevy came with no running gear they fitted a brand new 350ci Chevy engine with 4 barrel Holley carburettor and an Edlebrock intake manifold. The engine is coupled to a Jaguar IRS rear axle with a Salisbury differential. New adjustable shock absorbers and suspension complete the picture. At the front end a new Camaro front clip complete with new springs and gas shock absorbers was fitted, together with new rack & pinion power steering. In actual fact every item is brand new on this pickup with the only exception being the chassis.

1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

Advance-Design was a pickup truck series by Chevrolet, their first major redesign after WWII. It was billed as a larger, stronger, and sleeker design in comparison to the earlier AK Series. First available on 28th June 1947 these trucks were sold with various minor changes over the years until 25th March 1955, when the Task Force Series trucks replaced the aging Advance-Design model.

The same basic design family was used for all of its trucks including the Suburban, panel trucks, canopy express and cab-overs. From 1947 until 1955, Chevrolet trucks were number one in sales in the United States, with rebranded versions sold at GMC locations. There are three main sizes of this truck: the half-ton, three-quarter- ton, and full ton capacities in short and long wheelbase. The 3100 designates this as a half ton truck.

1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

The differences for the 1952 model year were the outer door handles were now the push button type as opposed to the previous turn downstyle. The speedometer was changed to read to 90 mph and dashboard trim was painted instead of chrome. Mid-year Chevrolet stopped using the 3100-6400 designation on the hood and changed the window and wiper knobs to a maroon colour. The original engine was a 216ci straight 6 with a 3/4 speed manual transmission.

Length 196,6”(4,990mm).

1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

Bravo to Clive and Rob, what a wonderful car. I loved it. If you are ever down in the Berkshire region I’d love a drive out. All the best.

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