Organisers of the Footman James Manchester Classic Car Show say they were delighted with the number and quality of cars that the new show attracted to EventCity from 21-22 September.
Marques represented included Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, but the presence of more than 60 car clubs ensured a broad range of classics representing the whole hobby.
On top of the club cars, there were nearly 50 private entries and another 15 concours cars, taking the total number of classics into the hundreds.
Outside the main halls was a full-on rally stage with 15 Group B rally cars including a short wheelbase Quattro and a 6R4. Three times a day they drew huge crowds to witness some fire-breathing, tyre-smoking ‘sideways’ action.
The 7000-plus visitors also had a sneak preview of the 1969 Morris Minor Traveller, which, recently obtained by show sponsor Footman James, enthusiasts will have the chance to win in 2014. The Traveller, which was displayed alongside a 1978 Ferrari, will be restored over the next 12 months, during which time fans can follow the vehicle’s restoration and the finished project is expected to be worth in the region of £10-12,000 when finished.
Along with the cars displays, there were trade stands, plus a Restoration Workshop hosted by Leeds College giving expert demonstrations on all kinds of restoration techniques.
A spokesman for the organisers said: “We were delighted at the response from everyone involved and for the support the show got from the good people of Manchester and the North West. In fact we also had people travelling to the show from all over the UK and even flying in from Ireland.
"In all our total attendance was 7613 which, for ‘year one’ was a remarkable result. The feedback from visitors and exhibitors was superb. Those who had never been to Manchester before commented on the warm welcome they received and everyone was extremely impressed by EventCity as a venue and by the surrounding area for the accommodation and leisure facilities available within just a short walk. We’ll definitely be back next September!”