what would you like to see at a classic car show,

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copperpotevents
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we are hosting a classic car show in harlow next July and would like your ideas as to what you would love to see there. obviously cars,, 

tracey harvey

PaulJ
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What about a class for 'future classics' made up of 0 - 10 year old cars?  The often posed question of what will be a keeper to cherrish and preserve for the future would have a few answers/suggestions.  (Might bring my Cayman R along!).

Coventry Climax
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That's definitely the last thing I'd want to see - you can see modern cars in a supermarket car park any day of the week.

PaulJ
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Sorry Coventry, I guess lightweight, mid-engined Porsches aren't to everyone's taste, though If you did want to see it mine tends not to be our usual supermarket run choice - that's another modern I'm ashamed to admit, (an Abarth 500).

I do love, and have owned, old cars too, but I don't love all cars just for achieving a certain age.  Similarly I don't dismiss all cars as being uninteresting, just because they are new.

Perhaps I should try a Mk2 Hillman Minx and take up pipe smoking to see what I'm missing!

Coventry Climax
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I have no problem with older Porsches (and can highly recommend a visit to the Porsche factory museum in Stuttgart) but modern cars leave me utterly cold, no matter how exotic they might be. For that reason, if I were paying to visit an event billing itself as a classic car show I would feel short-changed if I ended up surrounded by cars less than ten years old.

Cars such as the Hillman Minx or the Austin Allegro might have been rubbish even when they were new, and I wouldn't consider buying either, but for me much of the appeal of classic cars is nostalgia and their historical context - whether they're exotic racers or dull porridge. Given the success of the Goodwood Revival, I'd say that I'm not alone in that respect.

As for describing any modern Porsche as lightweight... The 550 Spyder was lightweight, something well over twice that car's weight is at best "less heavy than the standard version".

Chris Martin
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Without wishing to deviate too far from the original request as to what we would like to see, I can only agree with Coventry Climax's statement above about what we would NOT like to see. The examples quoted of Hillman Minx or Austin Allegro are cars I too would have no wish to own (as a skint teenager I did have a Minx in 1972 though) but yes they do serve as nostalgic snapshots of the past, which at the larger events and as part of the bigger picture are fitting and appreciated, even if only in the background.

As for the idea that anyone can justifyy putting their modern car in a classic car show under the misguided pretence that it is, or may be, (or at least the owner hopes it will be) a 'Future Classic' when in fact it belongs, as Coventry suggests in the supermarket car-park, then yes, I would feel short-changed if this so far hypothetical car show is charging admission.

The assumption that anyone can dictate a 'future classic' anyway smacks of either arrogance or wishful thinking. You may think you have bought something special, but for the rest of us we will have to wait and see which models have lasting qualities. Sure, given time, say thirty years or so, nostalgia has always assured that someone somewhere will want a survivor that reminds them of their youth, but if any car was guaranteed classic status at birth and we had the crystal balls to identify it we would all be polishing our multi-million stock for sale in some South Kensington mews by now.

'Til then, the Allegros have it.

Chris M.

 

PaulJ
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It was only an idea for a small element of a larger show, and saying what you don't want to see isn't much help to the original poster.  I agree with you that my car is only light(ish) in terms of new cars, but it probably has a better power to weight ratio than 1950's Porsches, beautiful as they are.  Dare say James Dean would have appreciated the air bags too...

I'll get my coat!