Lon­don 1896 re­vival

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Lon­don’s first ever mo­tor show is to be re-en­acted at the orig­i­nal Kens­ing­ton venue after 120 years – and the or­gan­is­ing club is be­ing re­vived, too.

The International Horse­less Car­riage Ex­hi­bi­tion took place at the Im­pe­rial In­sti­tute, now the Im­pe­rial Col­lege, in 1896. It was staged by the Mo­tor-Car Club, most fa­mous for be­ing or­gan­is­ers of the Eman­ci­pa­tion Run, which gave rise to the Lon­don to Brighton Run.

The De Dion Bou­ton Club is restag­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion in 2016 on its orig­i­nal date, 7-8 May, as part of the club’s 10th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions. Co-founder Nick Pel­lett says he hopes to get as many suit­able ve­hi­cles to­gether as pos­si­ble for the re­vival.

‘The De Dion Club has more than 200 mem­bers in 18 coun­tries and we wanted to mark our an­niver­sary,’ Nick says. ‘I ap­proached Im­pe­rial Col­lege to reac­quaint them with this piece of au­to­mo­tive his­tory. I am de­lighted to say that they came on board rapidly.’

The ex­hi­bi­tion re­vival will in­clude a dis­play of ve­hi­cles in the col­lege’s atrium and it’s hoped that the or­gan­is­ers will be able to close a sec­tion of Ex­hi­bi­tion Road for demon­stra­tions.

The club would like to hear from any­one who can sup­ply suit­able ve­hi­cles or help with the show dur­ing the weekend. Nick Larkin

www.de­dion­bou­ton­club.co.uk

Poster for Lon­don’s first ever mo­tor show.

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