ANTWERP CLASSIC SALON - A HIT! by Greg MacLeman and Matt George
The 35th annual Antwerp Classic Salon has proved to be another success for the German organisers, with more than 50 classic car clubs and 23,000 visitors making it one of the busiest shows to date. As well as club stands, the three halls were packed by over 350 exhibitors from 10 countries covering everything from high-end vintage fayre to spare parts and autojumblers. The highlight of the show was a 1959 Jaguar Mk V DHC, which was displayed by Netherlands-based car dealers the Houtkamp Collection. Before winning the Car of the Show award the car was purchased for 137,000 Euro by a Dutch buyer, surely a sound investment when restoration costs are taken into consideration. British car dealers Hurst Park and Runnymede Motor Company also made the journey to Belgium, Trevor Wooding of Hurst Park arriving in fine style in a 1937 Oldsmobile F37 Club Coupe. Trevor told CCfS “We find it’s really beneficial to physically bring our cars over, it lets us show them to as wide an audience as possible, especially original British cars which are rarely seen over here.”
Club Stand of the Show was won in fine style by the Forties and Fifties American Car Enthusiast’s Club, which transformed the concrete hall into an Arizonan gas station, complete with fuel pumps and a Chevrolet Impala belonging to the club president. Second place was taken by the MGCC Belgium branch, which was celebrating 50 years of the MG; a car which seems to be incredibly popular on the continent.