Classic automobile design from Lancia, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Mini, Mercedes, Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Volkswagen, Fiat, Rolls Royce, Mclaren, Aston Martin and many more has been on show at Olympia this weekend for the Classic Car Show.
With prices and auction estimates for every pocket, the Show includes supporting companies ranging from those who carry out restoration and refurbishment of classic cars to those selling model cars and sit-in cars for kiddies, along with a major focus on the achievements and ongoing heritage of Bruce McLaren who died fifty years ago. Plus an artist who uses toy cars and accessories as paintbrushes – a novel approach!!
And, of course, there is a growing number of firms who will convert your classic car to electric. It might work for some cars, but for many part of the beauty is the engineering design beneath the bonnet. Somehow a battery does not have the engineering beauty and prowess that old combustion engines have, and indeed the engine and its technical design is part of the history of the car and the story of automobile development. What will happen in the future as governments respond to the Climate Change Challenge. Will there be oil available to run these classic cars?