The automotive circle is bursting with vehicular whizzes seeking to preen to perfection engines, interior and exterior car designs, and the way they feel to drive.
The Classic Car & Restoration Show, held recently at the Birmingham NEC, is a car enthusiast haven and this year invited 25,0000 guests to bask in a timeless world of classic cars, exhibitions and demonstrations.
Here’s a rundown of the famous faces at the event and a quick glance at how some of our brands have been intertwined with their projects…
Jimmy De Ville
Jimmy De Ville – nothing to do with Cruella – knows his onions when it comes to motors and with his inventive flair, he is on a hawkish hunt for his prey; in this case, he’s eagle-eyed for engines. Not small field mice.
As a self-confessed ‘Engine Addict’, De Ville’s TV series is an on-screen combustion of extreme engine rebuilds, vehicle revamps and a test of their limits.
The show has links to Lookers’ brands, including Volkswagen; in episode one, Jimmy tracks down an all-time bestselling air-cooled VW Beetle ‘boxer’ engine in Brazil and soups it up to propel an inflatable boat up white water rafters’ territory, the Iguassu rapids.
It’s not uncommon for us car-owners to develop some sort of emotional attachment to our cars. In a study by AutoTrader, nearly half of all drivers assigned a gender to their cars, and about one-third actually name them.
But what if your car was an animal?
Car trader turned presenter Mike Brewer, who took to the stage as a host at the Classic Car & Restoration Show, took a car which has been likened to an amphibian for a spin (or swim rather) in his programme for mechs, Wheeler Dealers. Just like its related species, the German-designed ‘Amphicar’ can inhabit a wide variety of habitats with an ability to live on both land and sea. In the 80s, it had its fifteen minutes of fame alongside ‘Queen of Pop’ Madonna in her music video for steamy single ‘Burning Up.’
Mike Brewer’s Amphicar test drive: Wheeler Dealers – Series 11 episode 7
In 1935, French Engineer and Businessman, Pierre Jules Boulanger, hopped in the driver’s seat for the Citroën brand, a brand for which we stock a wide range of approved used vehicles offering practicality, performance and elegance at Lookers. You can view the range here.
Selecting Citroën’s staple 2CV, Practical Classics Magazine Editor, Danny Hopkins, and his team restored an old model over the three-day span of the Classic Car & Restoration Show. Born in the 80s, Danny’s Practical Classics magazine looks at a car-razy combo of Coupes, Chryslers, classics and more contemporary models.
With 5,114,940 2CVs produced worldwide, which one below is your favourite?
History of the 2CV
Hands-on and educational videos are also available to download from Practical Classic’s online platform Skill Shack, Skill Skill Skill Shack! – makes you want to break into song right?