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Classic Car and Restoration Show by numbers

Tuesday, 5 April 2022 at 9:00:00 UTC


Al Suttie

Show return hailed a success

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The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show has been hailed as a success by visitors, clubs and exhibitors. The show made its return to the NEC in Birmingham after a two-year absence due to covid restrictions.

Over the three days of the show, 25,221 visitors attended the show, which is down from 28,846 in 2019. Show Director Lee Masters said: ‘It was great to be back, and the atmosphere was brilliant. As always, the clubs were sensational. The scale of live working and demonstrations seemed bigger than ever, aimed at sharing skills and encouraging others into this wonderful community.

‘Our heart-felt thanks go to everyone involved including all our show partners, sponsors, traders and visitors as well as our motoring celebrities and the team from Practical Classics.’

The show included 152 car club displays and more than 1000 vehicles. There were also live restoration displays, interviews with celebrities including Richard Hammond, Fuzz Townshend, Ant Anstead, and Mile Brewer.

Classic Car Auctions held its biggest ever sale at the NEC and sold £3 million worth of cars, with a 78% sale rate. All catalogue proceeds from the sale were donated to The Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, raising over £9,000 for the charity.

Classic Car Business spoke to many exhibitors, who reported a busy weekend. Emma Airey, Head of RH Specialist Vehicle Insurance, told CCB: ‘We weren’t sure how many people would come after such a long break, but it’s good to see busy show halls and plenty of interest from the classic car community.’

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