When we saw hordes of young people dressed as comic book and movie characters wandering the halls of Birmingham’s NEC, we wondered just how different this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, would be after it’s pandemic-enforced two-year hiatus.
But while the MCN Comic Con sharing the venue added an entertaining culture mash-up, there was a reassuring normality about the show. Although things were a little more spaced out to aid social distancing, clubs, dealers, traders, motoring celebs and a strong crowd of visitors could enjoy a triumphant return for the UK’s flagship classic vehicle event.
The numbers certainly back that up. There were around 3000 cars on show across seven halls, with 270 car clubs celebrating various milestone anniversaries that occurred in 2020 as well as 2021. But the standout figure is the 63,328 enthusiasts who attended over the three show days – which given the circumstances, is a remarkable number.
The next Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, will be held at Birmingham’s NEC from November 11-13, 2022.