Right then, Day 3... wow. What a day! Did Hall 4, the bike show, MPH show and all the odds and ends from elsewhere! Absolutely knackered now, but want to get all the pics up before I go to bed. 340 in all today, 625 across all 3 days! A new record for me... right, first batch for day 3 here:
I noticed an increased presence of 'unconvientional/controversial' classics like this (no bad thing):
Beware: low-flying Landcrabs...
You can tell they were Metropolitans - they were 3 different colours! Oh hang on, that's Neopolitan, isn't it...
Accept no imitations...
What's the Matra with you?:
Mad. But awesome:
A bit of S&M? You'd have to be a masochist to run one!:
One of my absolute favourite cars there:
Check back soon, that's only the first bit! Honest!
Here we go again, some more deliciousness for you all!
I was actually at the show before it opened due to being an exhibitor. I was trying to take photos of the Bugattis, whilst not straying into the roped-off stand. To my surprise, the chap there was pretty friendly and invited me in to take better pics. Lovely.
I don't know about acorns, but this was nuts:
Another friendly chap was on this Skyline stand. As I took a photo, he offered to show me under the bonnet of this:
Turns out, it was absolutely bone stock. Initially I'd been expecting a sleeper, but nope, he confirmed it was as it left the factory. Actually a massive surprise to find a good, clean unmodded example!:
Almost falling asleep at keyboard here, but I WILL get this lot done tonight!
Scoot in the entrance area:
Couldn't get a good shot on the car this badge belonged to due to barriers:
Racing Jag as seen yesterday, but from the front:
If I had a pound for every time someone said "Fire up the Quattro!" on the way past, I'd actually be able to afford this:
Now, going back to two wheels - although not really into bikes, I checked out the Classic Bike Show too. Bigger than last year and really good, although for the most part I had no clue what I was looking at!:
Back to 4 wheels...
I thought about calling their bluff and stripping... but wang-prints tend to offend!:
Entry to the show didn't just include the Bike Show - it also included entry to the non-VIP areas of the MPH show, a sort of lads-mag-come-to-life with lots of free samples (free shower gel! Woo!), lots of modern AND classic cars, skimpily dressed lady-folk and the Top Gear arena show (which costs extra if you've not got an MPH-specific ticket). So, off I ventured...
These two belonged to Mr May and Mr Clarkson, but the barriers prevented a frontal photo. I don't blame them though, if I owned one of these I'd have big barriers around it too! So I just took a pic of the badges instead:
With the light failing again at this point, I had one last mad dash around everything to see what I could snap...
And a final parting shot of the Syncro as we dismantled our stand at the end.... really want this van!:
... and that my friends, is that! I really hope you've enjoyed all the pics as much as I enjoyed being at the show. I know the photos aren't the best - maybe if I'd heeded my own advice and used a tripod..!
Questions, comments etc welcome...
3 shows + 6 halls + 625 photos + 1 weekend = an absolutely epic time. If you've never been to this before, make a point of going next year. The prices may seem steep, but look at what you're getting for your money! I know static shows aren't some folks; cup of Earl Grey - they're not mine, especially - but this is just another level entirely!
Thanks to the organisers and to my friends for making all of this possible.
Tee - please do make a pic thread! One thing about NEC pic threads is that every thread is gonna have something in it that the other threads missed.... tis the nature of the beast! Ooh, and which F40 was the chap having a go at? I counted 3 at the show, and they all seemed ace to me!
BenzBoy - truth be told, I have absolutely no idea. I was sort of in a hurry at this stage and didn't read the signs. I'm sure someone around here will know though. Anyone?