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Back to back: Brussels or Birmingham?


Back to back: Brussels or Birmingham?
The show season has kicked off and the last and next weekends saw / sees two major classic car shows: the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham and Interclassics in Brussels. So which is the one to go to? Both promise a multitude of club displays, trade and dealer stands. The Birmingham show says it had 2,500 classic cars on display, while Interclassics mentions over a thousand of them, (we did notice that the age-limit at the NEC is stretched to the year 2000 though). Some more dry figures: Birmingham had just over 70,000 visitors last year; Brussels 25,000. In terms of size Birmingham covers 93,000 square metres; Brussels 39,000.

But so far for the numbers. Themes are different, with the NEC having hosted 40 years of the Porsche 928 after having teamed up with four UK Porsche Classic Partner Centres to celebrate the anniversary. Interclassics mentions ‘Cyclecars & Grand Sport - Highlighting a forgotten motor history’ as a theme with (Prewar) cars and tricycles on display. They also toots their horn about what they excitedly call ‘The Big Five’ –five European motor museums that come over with some of their cars from Beaulieu, Mulhouse, Turin, The Hague and… Brussels.

Interaction in Birmingham was provided by ‘The Discovery Live Stage’ where tv-personalities Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead hosted the live stage, usually to build up a car from a box of parts. There’ was another team doing something similar in the ‘Practical Challenge’, which restored a 1949 Morris Minor Series MM ‘Lowlight’ last year that was found in a garage in Solihull not too far away. Oh – there was an auction, too, in collaboration with Silverstone Auctions (catalogue here). Despite having Bonhams auctioneers as a sponsor, there’s no sale at Interclassics. Now… which is the one for you?
 (Words editor, picture archive)

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