The event last ten days, attracts over 100,000 people and has 316 exhibitors' stands. There is certainly something for everyone although one wonders who purchases canteens of cutlery. Many friends stand for ages catching up with the gossip with people from all over the world. It is certainly a 'see and be seen' scenario and still worth going for that reason. The presence of modern motoring manufacturers dominates what used to be a vintage and historic scene.
A few motor traders selling ‘classic’ cars reported slow but sure sales. Christie’s had an auction of pretty unprepossessing cars but some punters must have liked them as they sold 70 and obtained €1,386,250 for the C type Jaguar.
Model car exhibitors abounded as did pictures, books, automobilia, T-shirts and clothing, army vehicles, strange gimmicky cars and cabin trunks. Car clubs were popular with their own members and there were a few event organisers – quite a variety but the car ‘spares’ was largely dominated by specialised firms.
It will be interesting to see if Stoneleigh holds more interest for the connoisseur of historic cars because certainly RetroMobile has begun to wane for this visitor.