Date: 04 March, 2016
Location: Jan van Rijswicklaan 191, B-2020, Antwerp, Belgium,
With its stunning architecture and fascinating museums, it’s not like people need an excuse to visit awesome Antwerp.
But classic car lovers have extra cause to spend a long weekend in the beautiful Belgian city with the arrival of the Antwerp Classic Salon (March 4-6). Doors open 9am-6pm during the weekend and 2pm-8pm Friday.
Antwerp Expo will be hosting the event, which is set to showcase a whole host of classic car treats.
These include classic engines, motors, restoration supplies and equipment, used and new accessories, interiors, books, art, and maintenance materials.
Belgian braves and cool clubs
On first consideration, Belgium might not seem a massive hotbed of motor-sporting achievement. But their racing drivers haven’t done badly over the years.
The all-new Hall 4 will bring together Belgian motorsport triumphs throughout the ages. Who can forget the legendary Jacky Ickx, for example? The versatile 1970s driver won eight F1 grand prix and six Le Mans 24-Hour races.
Hall 1, meanwhile, will showcase classic motor clubs from Holland, Luxembourg and Belgium. More space has been put aside to cater for even more clubs this year.
A special concours d’elegance will be staged, with the best motor on display winning a prize. Clubs coming along include the Austin-Healey Club of Belgium, Bravo Racing, Belgian Mustang & Cougar Club and the Belgian Mercedes-Benz Club. The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club, Porsche Classic Club Belgium, Honda Classic Bikes and the English Drivers’ Guild will also be there.
Judging will be made on the Saturday. Successful teams stand to win 1,250 euros (£948, first prize), 750 euros (£569) for second place and 375 euros (£284) for third.
Don’t leave without…
• Admiring the cars for sale: As many as 400 classic cars will be there to tempt you.
• Getting a tip or two: If you drive a 1970s classic, then you can get restoration and tuning advice from the experts.
• Reckoning on a restoration: Professional and international restoration firms will help whet your appetite with their “better than new” presentation.
How to get tickets
Advanced tickets cost 14 euros (approx £10.63).