Classic Car Shows & Events: What is in store for the UK?
The middle of November should have seen the hugely popular Classic Motor Show taking place at the NEC in Birmingham but unfortunately, as has been the case with many events this year, it has had to be postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic in the UK – with a new one-month lockdown now also in place.
The event itself should have taken place from 13-15 November, but will now become a one-day online show on Saturday 14 November, so please try to log in and experience some of the fun if you can. Lots of activities are scheduled to take place from 09:00 onwards, with Silverstone Auctions also conducting an online auction.
Ticket holders, if not seeking a full refund, can transfer their tickets to next year's event or they can use them to attend the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in March 2021. For further information please log in to the website at www.necclassicmotorshow.com
With this in mind, we thought we would take a brief look at some of the events that have been rescheduled – or indeed are still hoping to take place – in December 2020 and early 2021. As always, please check with the event organisers before purchasing tickets or travelling to any event.
Running over two days from 11-12 December is the Historic Auctions 2020 at Ascot Racecourse. A fine selection of classic and sports cars will be up for auction there.
An online auction will be taking place on 12 December, this being the Classic Car Auctions 2020. If you need to know more then give them a quick call on +44 (0) 1926 640888
Moving into 2021, we thought we would try and highlight one event worth looking out for each month during the first half of the year, so here we go.
January 1st: Brooklands New Years Day Gathering from 09:00 – 16:00. This is an annual classic gathering of over 1000 vehicles to start the year, not to be missed if we are allowed to be there, more information at www.brooklandsmuseum.com
February 18-21: London Classic Car Show at London Olympia. This ever-popular event is scheduled to take place at Olympia in 2021 and more details can be found at www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk
March 26-28: Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC. Over 1000 classic cars will be on display and over 150 clubs will be present, well worth a visit. For more details check out their website at www.necrestorationshow.com
April is looking a little sparse at the moment, so we have selected two events in May. Kicking things off from the 1st to 2nd May will be the Donington Historical Festival. This event will feature hundreds of world-class historic racing cars, a must for any classic racing enthusiast, and will also be the 10th anniversary. More details at www.doningtonhistoric.com
Also in May, but with an actual date still to be confirmed, is the Prescott La Vie en Bleu at the Prescott Speed Hill Climb (Home of the Bugatti Owners' Club). A fine selection of historic cars will be on display with various events arranged throughout the day. To find out more take a look at www.prescott-hillclimb.com
June 9-10: The hugely popular London Concours d'Elegance will once more take place in the heart of the capital city. This is the ultimate automotive garden party and will again feature many of the most astonishing cars ever built. Full details can be found at www.londonconcours.co.uk
So there we have our mini-summary of events that are currently scheduled for early to mid-2021. There are many more events to attend so please look online, in the local press and check back with us here at Classic Motors For Sale as we will certainly be giving further updates in the new year.
Let's hope that 2021 will not face the major disruption that we have all had to endure this year and we can enjoy our classic car events as we should.
Noble Auctions Presents a Private Mercedes-Benz Collection
This November, a private collection containing no less than 17 Mercedes from the 1930s –1950s will go under the hammer at a small Belgian auction house. The owner of the collection carefully selected each car over the course of many years, making this a noteworthy sale for every collector with eyes and ears. A private collection with 17 classic cars being auctioned off in one day certainly is a feast. But when the majority of that collection consists of the most exquisite pre- and post-war Mercedes Cabriolet’s, it seems like Christmas came early this year.
‘A private Mercedes Collection’ includes various rare models and a few very unusual pieces. A quarter of a century of Mercedes-Benz history is covered, from the quirky 1934 170 Sport Roadster to the majestic 1960 Ponton 220 SE Coupe. Most of the cars have been meticulously restored and will spark quite some interest within the Mercedes-Benz’ community. Managing partner Axel Persoons agrees: "It is really exceptional that a collection of this caliber is offered to the public at auction.
Even more so with cars in such good condition. That’s why we feel so privileged to have been selected as the auction partner for this sale.” Noble Auctions might not be a household name yet, but the recently founded auction house has managed to raise the bar to a new high with its latest auction, “A Private Mercedes Collection”.
Practical information The catalogue of “A private Mercedes Collection” will presented in November via the auction house’s website: www.noble-auctions.com. With high-res pictures and video’s, collectors and enthusiasts will be able to admire these classics from every possible angle and in great detail.
An extensive catalogue description will also be presented, including all technical details as well as the stories behind the cars. Bidding takes place via Noble Auction’s encrypted online platform. The auction closes on December 15th.
Noble Auctions Noble Auctions is a Belgium based auction house with an unusually strong commitment to customer satisfaction.
Their website features top notch in-house photography and videography, extensive descriptions of all items on sale, relevant stories and a state-of-theart bidding platform. All this offers a unique view on the items in auction.
With more than 1200 satisfied customers and over 15 years of experience in the classic car market, Noble Auctions has proven a reliable partner for car collectors worldwide. Their mission: to get the right object to the right person for the right price.
Talacrest Classic Ferrari: Dealing in Dreams Book By John Collins Talacrest £100
The Ferrari enthusiast is more than well catered for on the book front, but here’s something a bit different to the usual coffee table experience. It’s an insider’s view of dealing in Ferraris, written by classic car dealer John Collins of Talacrest.
This book could easily be called “The F Word” – not only because of its subject, classic Ferraris, but also because of the candidly fruity language. That reflects perfectly the character of its author, classic car dealer John Collins, who has made waves and a fortune in the classic Ferrari market over the last 30 years. From humble origins (Collins grew up in Glasgow and started his business by borrowing money from local pub mates), he has become a classic car colossus – included, for instance, in the Sunday Times Rich List. Over 30 years, he has bought and sold more than 1600 Ferraris, valued in excess of £1 billion.
Over 350 beautifully laid out pages, there are fascinating insights into the cars’ histories, what they’re like to drive and, above all, how the deals were done. On that score, anecdotes abound, such as bidding for a 250 GTO thinking it was at £1 million when in fact it was £10 million. Or the very start of the business, funding the purchase of a 365 Daytona with ‘shares’.
Part of the book’s appeal is that it’s a catalogue of top-end Ferrari cars – and we do mean ‘top’. You won’t find many mainstream models, but there’s loads on the rare stuff.
The story of the mythical 250 P5 Berlinetta Speciale is especially fascinating, while racing rarities abound.
The book is prolifically illustrated with vast numbers of images (from Auto Italia and Marcel Massini, among others). All profits are being split between two charities: The Thames Valley Air Ambulance and The Racehorse Sanctuary.