Leading UK restoration company Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth celebrated its 25th birthday with a party full of Jaguars, art and ale...

Classic Motor Cars, one of the most respected car restoration companies in the world, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a party at its headquarters in Bridgnorth, Shropshire last weekend. More than 2000 people attended, with 100 Jaguars and many other classic cars, each marque with a link to CRC's work.

The company was founded in 1993 and is a world leader in car restoration. It's been responsible for restoring some of the most important Jaguar cars of all time, many of which featured in a circular display of 25 cars at the party.

Theses included the oldest E-type in existence, 9600 HP, which was one of the prototypes used for developing the model, and then acted as the launch car at the Geneva Motor show and the press car for the motoring media.

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Joining it in the Jaguar line-up was the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up D-type OKV1, the E-Type 1 VHP, which was the first right-hand-drive production fixed head coupé, the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight E-type which CMC spent over 7000 hours bringing back to life, the Daily Mail E-type chassis number 4 and the coachbuilt Pininfarina XK120 – a 1954 one-off based on the XK120 SE Roadster.

‘We expected a few hundred to turn up but members of the public and cars just kept on coming throughout the day. We were totally blown away by the support not only from the Jaguar and classic car world but also from the local community who came with their families to celebrate,’ said Nigel Woodward, Classic Motor Cars managing director, who is now planning on holding a similar event next year.

Classic Motor Cars celebrates 25th anniversary

Guest of honour at the event was 98-year-old Norman Dewis, Jaguar's chief test driver for over 50 years. 'I have watched CMC since its inception and seen it grow into one of the worlds top restoration companies,' he noted. 'The chairman of the company [Peter Neumark] who set it up and the staff have done a fantastic job.'

Alongside the cars were examples of Jaguar-themed artwork, including the poster for the event, which was sold to raise money for charities supported by Dewis, and a classic car concours, won by Harry Medcalf's Aston Martin DB5. Local brewery Hobsons brewed a special CMC Series 1 4.2 golden ale for the event, while CMC also used the day to launch its ceramic nano technology coating range for classic cars, in collaboration with the product specialist Alpha Nano.