The Champion of Champions
Hosted by Jaguar Drivers' Club, The Champion of Champions signifies the final round in the world's most significant Jaguar Car Concours. Held annually the event aims to find the best-kept examples of classic Jaguars throughout the globe. Judging took place throughout Friday from a team of expert Jaguar enthusiasts.
The competition celebrates some of the most iconic models in Jaguar's history, giving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the seven finalists that represent pristine examples of classic Jaguar models.
The winner, a White 1960 Jaguar XK 150 S, was announced on the Saturday to expectant crowds. The award is a testament to the immaculate condition of the car, which is arguably in a better condition than when it left the showroom! Stay tuned for more on the Concours finalists.
The Beast of Turin
An interesting element of the Classic Motor Show is that even some of the show's most important vehicles make a rather understated appearance. Take for example the Fiat S76, which was unofficially named the world's fastest car at the time of its production in 1911. The S76 is nothing short of ferocious, and largely consisted of a 28.5-litre engine which propelled it to speeds upwards of 130mph.
A true representation of the raw infancy of early motorsport, this model escaped being scrapped after WWI, before winding up in the hands of a Russian aristocrat. It went on to reach a distant collector in Australia, before the S76 was then brought back to the UK in 2003. After spending the best part of 100 years completely static, it was started up for the first time in a century last year:
An epic Ferrari line-Up:
We were also witness to an epic line-up of performance Ferraris, thanks to the Ferrari Owners' Club! Feast your eyes on the Ferrari LaFerrari, as well as classics such as the 328 GTB; Ferrari Enzo; F40 and the extremely rare F50, which was based on a platform derived from their formula 1 cars:
The 1939 Aston Martin Atom
The Aston Martin Atom is a true one-off! One of the first fully functional concept cars in history, it clocked up over 100,000 development miles during the Second World War. Allegedly, this is the car which convinced David Brown to buy Aston Martin in 1947 after he gave it a test drive.
After vanishing completely, it resurfaced in France in 1970, and was subsequently restored. It was at the show thanks to the Aston Martin Owners' Club.
Another unmissable part of the NEC Classic Motor Show is the Classic Motorbike show. Featuring a host of two-wheeled classics from 22 Motorbike Clubs, the Classic Motorbike turns up the revs with the Ken Fox Wall of Death!
There were a range of vintage Triumph models on display, including those from Triumph Owners' Motorcycle Club, in addition to those from our partners at the National Motorcycle Museum where one Triumph was available to win!
We're already looking forward to next year! What was your favourite part of the 2015 NEC Classic Motor Show?