Once again the GCCG had a stand at The Footman James Classic Car Show. This time we had a 12 metre x 12 metre carpeted plot. Jim and I had already designed a layout to enable us to fit all the cars on the stand with the gazebo at the centre. On the Friday we arrived just after dinner to start setting up the stand. Unfortunately the previous week there had been the Screwfix Live exhibition and evidence of that was strewn all around the floor. Even though the staff at Event City had stated that they had swept the floor, people were still walking around with hands full of screws. There was at least one puncture to my knowledge.
At the show in the previous year, exhibitors were allowed to keep their support vehicles just outside to the rear, however this year they decided that support vehicles were to be moved to the far end the public carpark, which is a long way to walk when you are carrying heavy items to the stand. This year there seemed to be more exhibits than the previous year. There was still a distinction between the club stands in the prestige sections, which is fully carpeted and the walls lined with star curtains, and us lowly beings in the ‘common’ area with bare floors and walls. The halls had been rearranged with all of the trade stands in one area, which was better.
There was a wide selection of exhibits this year including many that have graced the pages of our Virtual Car Show. There was a great display of DeLorean cars, including one which was a replica from Back to the Future. Although my personal favourite exhibit was a rare Panther Rio, which was a luxury car based on the humble Triumph Dolomite.
As ever the Pacer attracted a lot of attention, although not as much as David’s Austin Metropolitan which even managed to win a prize. Our other exhibits included James’ Capri 2.8i Special, John’s Bristol Beaufighter, Chris’s MGB GT, Alan’s Vauxhall Cresta and Mike’s Rolls Royce 25/30.
The public footfall still seemed to be low this year, perhaps that is because of the entrance price which at £15 per person per day, can work out quite expensive for a family of four. The classic car show at the NEC in Birmingham has a similar entrance fee but the show itself is much larger.
Overall a show was very enjoyable, although next year I think we may take the motorhome so at least we have somewhere to make a drink and have a sit down as it is a long day when stood on concrete flooring.