Of course there were Minis, old Fords, MGs, Imps, Rovers, Renaults. There were two Austin Atlantics, the ill-fated attempt by Austin to appeal to American tastes as the 1940s turned into the 1950s, and a fine display of stylish FD-series Vauxhall Victors in various states of integrity to celebrate the type's half-century. And several E-types, mostly rotten.
On the main stage, Practical Classics editor Danny Hopkins and right-hand man James Walshe tirelessly compèred chats with Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, the two best-known old-car faces on our TV screens, or masterminded drive-ons by various cars featured in the magazine (including my own Sunbeam Stiletto), or watched over live rebuilds of a 1950s Austin Westminster Estate or Danny's own Jensen Interceptor. That last one has been a trying process, with nothing ever going quite as it should, but finally, it fired up and there was a tear in Danny's eye.
There was an auction, by Classic Car Auctions which is supposed to be the 'affordable' offshoot of Silverstone Auctions but which still saw a BMW M635 CSi make a six-figure sum (and a low-mileage Mk2 Golf 1.3, with just 16,700 miles recorded, make £550). A friend came close to owning one of the two remaining Renault 17 Gordinis left in the UK, intact and just needing to be brought back to life after a couple of decades' inactivity, but someone else wanted it even more and it sold for an impressive £7150. I was drawn to a Downton-tuned MGC Roadster in need of at least four new wings and a repaint, but I managed to resist.
There was a Pride of Ownership stand, which included the smartest Hillman Avenger I've ever seen, in completely standard specification but far better than when it left the factory. And there was the Barn Finds section.