Now into its third year, the NE1 Motor Show aims to bring modern supercars, classic machines, and modified motors to the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. With more cars than ever, and glorious sunshine, the show brought Geordies out in force and the city to a standstill. These are just some of the highlights.
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Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato
A definite crowd favourite was this stunning Vanquish Zagato, one of the 99 examples of this limited-edition model produced. Powered by a 600hp 6.0-litre V12, and with body panels made from carbon fibre, those lucky 99 buyers needed to find £500,000 to get one. A price worth paying for the trademark Zagato double-bubble roof, though.
Ferrari 488 GTB
Northumberland Street might be the prime shopping location in Newcastle, but a brand-new Ferrari 488 GTB isn’t a regular feature on anyone’s list. The twin-turbocharged V8 supercar drew lots of admiring glances, proving hotter than a steak bake from Greggs.
Bentley Continental GTC V8S
With Newcastle United freshly promoted back to the Premier League, we’re sure Bentley will be hoping to snap up sales from wealthy footballers. This particular Continental GTC misses out on the full-fat W12 engine, but still has 521hp from its 4.0-litre turbocharged V8. More than quick enough for any player late for their morning training session.
Looking like a futuristic manga drawing, the LC is the latest luxury coupe from Lexus. Having made the transition from concept to production car almost unchanged, this 500h version benefits from a 3.5-litre V6 engine mated to an electric motor. With a combined 354hp, it allows you to enjoy the performance on offer (almost) guilt-free.
Amongst the supercars and classics was a nod to the backbone of the North East economy. Produced alongside the Qashqai, Juke, and Pulsar at Nissan’s nearby Sunderland factory, the Q30 is more local than Newcastle Brown Ale. The latter has been brewed in North Yorkshire since 2010…
Evolved Range Rover Sport
Can you put a price on taste? Apparently you can, and £64,000 seems to be the point at which it starts. With a full bodykit from Berkshire-based Evolved Motorsport, this Range Rover Sport certainly makes a bold statement.
Eminently classier, this beautiful BMW M1 was on display next to brand-new i8 and M2 models. Neatly linking the lineage from the first M-car to the most recent, and the styling influences for the i8 supercar, the mid-engined M1 basked in the midday sun. A probable winner for the coolest alloy wheel design on show, too.
One of the rarest cars on display at the NE1 show, the NSX never sold in huge numbers, and this updated 2002 version found even fewer buyers. The facelift may have dispensed with the pop-up headlights – but from the back at least, it still maintained the same styling.
Modified Nissan 350Z
With a substantial bodykit and deeply dished wheels, this Nissan 350Z looked ready to star the next Fast & Furious movie. We’re not sure if Geordie Drift has quite the global appeal, though – and the number of no-car lanes in the city won’t help with filming either. This 350Z also served as a reminder of how delicate the original Nissan Skyline GT-R parked next to it looks.
TVRs from across the ages were well represented at the NE1 show, with this impressive Sagaris being one of the big draws. Named after a lightweight battle-axe used in ancient Greece, the Sagaris has a reputation as fearsome as the eponymous weapon. As one of the last models created before the Blackpool firm went into administration, just over 200 examples were built and sold.
Ford Mustang Mach 1
Mustangs of all ages were a common feature, with the latest generation being particularly popular. However, this special Mach 1 version of the original ’Stang made a big impression. Aimed at making the Mustang appear sportier against new competition, the Mach 1 came with the distinctive black bonnet and rear spoiler, along with a number of performance tweaks underneath.
1952 Chevrolet Advance Design pick-up
Another star attraction of the show was this 1952 Chevrolet pick-up truck. Imported to the UK in 2007, the owners have taken it through an extensive restoration and modification process. Using a 350-cubic inch (5.7-litre) ‘small block’ Chevrolet engine this pick-up has a lot of go, but – thankfully – upgraded brakes and suspension, too.
Lamborghini Huracán Spyder
As the NE1 Show drew to a close, supercars like this Huracán Spyder turned the event into an impromptu moving motor show. Crowds gathered to see, and hear, the cars leave the display area, lining the roads with smartphones in hand. The public weren’t disappointed, and for a few minutes Newcastle felt more like London or Monaco, with so much horsepower on the roads.
Lamborghini Countach LP500 S
For anyone of a certain age, the Lamborghini Countach was the car to have a poster of on your bedroom wall. It still looks just as dramatic some three decades later – even more so when on the move surrounded by taxis and superminis.