On a bright winter’s morning, crowds of classic car enthusiasts made their way to ExCel London to attend the ever popular London Classic Car Show which returns with a large array of classic cars to entertain the crowds . Unusually for a show of this type, you can see the cars in action on an indoor driving runway which provides close up action of some of the most iconic cars around.
The indoor runway which is called the Grand Avenue has been extended this year and will have the general theme of Six Nations. A Lamborghini Miura used in the opening scene to 1969’s The Italian Job film will join Ferraris and Fiats, Lancias and Maseratis in the Italian team as they take on teams from Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan and America. Great Britain will be represented by cars from Aston Martin, Lotus, Jensen and Jaguar, France will be showing the Renault 5 Turbo and Peugeot 205 T16 . Germany’s line-up includes the original Audi quattro, Porsche 356 Speedster and a number of BMWs. Japan will offer the Datsun 240Z , the rare Toyota 2000GT and the 2000GT’s baby brother, the Sports 800. The USA team with show cars like an original Ford Thunderbird and the vast Cadillac Coupe Series 62.
Appropriately to start the proceedings on the Grand Avenue was a Model T Ford, one of the first motor cars to be massed produced before it made way for its more powerful descendants to take to the runway.
A special display devoted to the F1 and curated by designer Gordon Murray will form one of the major attractions at the show. No fewer than McLaren five F1s will be shown – two standard road cars, two GTR racers and a ‘long tail’ F1 GT road car.
Another popular attraction is a display called The Pinnacle of Rallying which features six iconic rally cars from the 1980s.
Speakers Corner is an open forum where guest speakers and VIPs including Ari Vatanen and Sir Stirling Moss will talk about classic cars.
There are a large number of classic cars on view as you wander around the show with a large number of dealers showing their wide range of vehicles, accessories and memorabilia . If you are interested about finding out more about classic car ownership as an investment or for pleasure, there is plenty of advice about buying and selling at Car Club Square, a specially curated display of car clubs showcasing popular and affordable classics.
With plenty of other attractions including live music, the London Classic Car Show is a mecca for those interested in classic cars. This year’s show is bigger than ever before and will appeal to a wide range of people from serious enthusiasts to those who just like to see iconic classic cars up close. The London Classic Car Show runs till Sunday with tickets available online and at the venue.
Thursday 3pm – 9:30pm
Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
If you would like further information, visit the London Classic Car Show website here
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