LON­DON CLAS­SIC CAR SHOW

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EX­CEL CEN­TRE, LON­DON, 18-21 FE­BRU­ARY

An in­cred­i­ble dis­play high­light­ing the 20th cen­tury’s most im­pres­sive hy­per­car is to head-up the sec­ond Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show, held at the Ex­CeL Cen­tre in the Dock­lands on 18-21 Fe­bru­ary.

A dis­play ded­i­cated to the McLaren F1, an As­ton Martin Group C racer and a col­lec­tion of the Alan Mann Rac­ing team’s his­toric cars are among the lat­est attractions that are to con­trib­ute to what the or­gan­iser says is a much im­proved show.

The 241mph McLaren will be the star of the Great­est Su­per­car of the 20th Cen­tury dis­play, which ex­plores the phi­los­o­phy be­hind the car’s cre­ation and its ex­tra­or­di­nary at­ten­tion to de­tail – think of its gold­lined en­gine bay and cen­tral driv­ing po­si­tion.

F1 de­signer Gor­don Murray – who also worked on the Light Car Com­pany Rocket and is in­volved in TVR’s re­birth later this s year – will also be in­ter­viewed on the show’s open­ing night, and says he’s look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the car’s im­pact.

‘Peo­ple are aware of the head­lines but the car is much deeper than that,’ Gor­don says. ‘This ex­hibit will of­fer peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to get a unique in­sight into the car, what it stands for and the story be­hind how it was cre­ated.’

Day tick­ets for the show – which are avail­able through the show’s web­site – start at £23.

Other dis­plays con­firmed for the show in­clude the As­ton AMR/1 racer sup­plied by mar­que spe­cial­ist Ni­cholas Mee & Co, and the un­veil­ing of a new Shelby Co­bra Day­tona on the Alan Mann Rac­ing team’s stand at the show.

The show has been sub­stan­tially ex­panded from last year’s in­au­gu­ral event, although the Grand Av­enue dis­play of clas­sics parad­ing through the cen­tre of the show’s halls is be­ing re­tained.

www.th­elon­don­clas­s­ic­carshow.co.uk Last year’s Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show en­joyed a suc­ces­sul de­but, but the or­gan­is­ers took on crit­i­cism from the press and show­go­ers. In­stead of rest­ing on their lau­rels, they’ve ac­cepted what could be dif­fer­ent and, as far as I can see, changed things. Car clubs will be wel­comed this year – they’ve even got their own ‘square’. Speaker’s Cor­ner has some fa­mous faces in it, in­clud­ing Gor­don Murray of McLaren F1 fame, and there’s a look back at my favourite type of ral­ly­ing ma­chines – Group B. The Grand Av­enue, the high­light of last year’s event for me, will be even big­ger and bet­ter this time. There’s been a lot of hype around it this year – let’s hope it lives up to it.

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