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Classic car win brings a dream come true.

A civil engineer yesterday received the keys to his pounds 10,000 1936 Rover 10 at the International Classic Motorshow Show after winning a Birmingham Post competition.

Mr David Smith, aged 57, from Rollswood Drive, Solihull, who already owns a pounds 20,000 1959 AC Aceca, said he will drive it at weekends.

He said: "I've wanted another classic car for a long time and to win is the realisation of a long-time dream."

Mr Smith was among the readers who correctly answered questions about 1936. He was among thousands of enthusiasts at the NEC for the second and final day of the car event.

Although no figures were available last night, organisers Centre Exhibitions said it was believed the attendance was well up on last year's record of 30,000.

Halls four and five were packed with visitors who had flocked to celebrate the 50th birthday celebrations for Porsche, Morris Minor and Land Rover.

Exhibition manager Mr Mike Kennington, said: "Traders, auto-jumblers and clubs are all very upbeat and the show was such a huge success that by early morning on the second day we were totally sold out of show catalogues.

"Many traders commented on not only the quantity but the high quality of visitors."

Over 460 exhibitors showed off their classic cars.

The most expensive vehicle at the event was the ERA Grand Prix racing car from the 1920s.

Only 14 were ever made and two of them, both worth pounds 1.5million, were at the NEC yesterday.

Two of the more unusual exhibits were a pair of the original unpainted, brushed aluminium De Lorean sports cars.
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