Car show at the NEC celebrates 30 years with tens of thousands of visitors expected
About 60,000 motoring enthusiasts from all over the UK are expected in Birmingham this weekend for the 30th Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.
The first show in 1984 filled just two halls and had stalls for 70 clubs - now it spans 11 halls and hosts 250 motoring clubs who create amazing displays of rare and stunning cars.
Some 1,500 cars and 300 motorcycles will be on display, covering every motoring taste – from traditional British classics such as Aston Martins and Jaguars, to modern supercars and everything in between.
The Aston Martin DB5, which appeared in James Bond movie Skyfall, will be on display.
This year’s show is set to be the biggest yet, with special guests such as motorsport legend Sir Stirling Moss and 70s TV icon David Soul, who will be reunited with the Gran Torino from Starsky & Hutch, as part of the show’s Classics Reunited theme.
The Ford Capri is also expected to play a starring role in this year's show will several of the much-loved 1970/80s model on show.
Five cars new in 1984 that are classic now
1. Peugeot 205 GTi
2. Austin Montego
3. Toyota MR2
4. Ferrari Testarossa
5. Lada Samara
The cost of motoring in 1984
Petrol cost on average 46.7 pence per litre, compared with £1.40 a litre today
Britain’s best-selling car was the Ford Escort, it cost £4,363 on the road for the cheapest model.
Road tax, regardless of your car, cost £100 for 12 months.