A CENTURY of motoring will be celebrated in style at the London Classic Car Show with a drive past of 40 significant machines representing every decade from the 20th century.
The cars – road, track and rally stars – will be fired up and then driven along the Grand Avenue, the event’s centrepiece, to create a moving motoring, road runway that’s never been seen at an indoor show before.
Run in association with Motoriety, the Grand Avenue will give visitors to the show, to be held at ExCeL in London’s Docklands from January 8-11, the chance to see and hear rare motoring icons in action – everything from a 1920s Bugatti Type 35B to a 1990s Bugatti EB110, and from a 1930s Jaguar SS1 to an ultra rare Jaguar XJ220 supercar.
There will be cars from the dawn of motoring – such as a 1902 Curved Dash Oldsmobile – to competition cars like a GP 4 Lancia Stratos from the 1970s. Great marques include Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls-Royce and Bentley and iconic model names include Miura, E-type, 288 GTO, 959 and Ghost.
There’s even a quartet of genuine Formula Onw cars from the 1950s to the 1980s, all of which will be started and driven along The Grand Avenue in a spectacular display of sound and fury.
It will give race fans a rare chance to see, close-up, an ex-Stirling Moss Maserati 250F, a BRM in which Jackie Stewart won Italian and Monaco Grands Prix, James Hunt’s McLaren M23 and the JPS Lotus 87B raced by Elio de Angelis.
Some of the cars have special history, too. James Coburn’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California will be alongside the 1965 Aston Martin DB6 owned by Paul McCartney at the height of Beatlemania. The glorious blue machine has been fastidiously restored by Aston Martin Works and includes the record player specified as an option by McCartney when he ordered the car 50 years ago.
“Together, the 40 cars represent 100 years of motoring and would make a stunning display at a traditional classic car show. But the London Classic Car Show is different. Not only will these wonderful machines be there for all to see, but they will be brought to life and driven along The Grand Avenue,” said Bas Bungish, Event Director.
“Cars were designed to be driven, after all, yet most motor shows are static affairs. The London Classic Car Show is anything but static.”
The London Classic Car Show is the latest creation from Brand Events, the company behind all-action car shows like Top Gear Live, and is full of innovative features. It promises to be unlike any classic car event yet staged.
Three show curators have created their own special displays with cars that mean the most to them. Legendary Formula One designer Adrian Newey charts his motoring career not just with some of his winning F1 cars, but also with cars and bikes that hold a special place in his heart. These include his own Ford GT40, his Ducati 900SS and the scale model Grand Prix cars he built from kits as a schoolboy.
Top Gear’s James May will be revealing what he considers to be the most significant car of all time while another curator, TV chef James Martin, will not only be displaying his private collection of classics but will also be running the James Martin Classic Café.
The 60th anniversary of the Citroën DS will be celebrated with many examples – as well as a first look at the new DS brand – and there will also be displays from leading classic dealers and specialists.
Tickets are now available from the show website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.