The Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show re­turns for its se­cond year, big­ger, bet­ter and with clubs.

Clas­sics stalk the Ex­CeL cat­walk in a con­test to find the world’s great­est cars

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - EX­CEL, LON­DON, 18-21 FE­BRU­ARY

A hugely ex­panded se­lec­tion of cars, a greater em­pha­sis on the af­ford­able and a new hall ded­i­cated to clubs helped draw more than 33,000 vis­i­tors to the se­cond Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show.

The four-day event’s stated move to more af­ford­able cars was in re­sponse to crit­i­cism that last year’s in­au­gu­ral out­ing lacked scale and ‘real world’ metal. More than dou­ble 2015’s space was given to the show at Ex­CeL, with clubs al­lo­cated their own hall and traders cater­ing for mid-mar­ket cars as well as high-end clas­sics en­cour­aged to take part.

The ex­panded hall also meant the show’s big­gest draw – the Grand Av­enue cat­walk – was stretched from last year’s 170 me­tres to 255 me­tres, mean­ing the cars were able to stretch their legs more. It was also used to an­swer the pub ques­tion of which coun­try makes the best cars in a six-na­tion con­test, with vis­i­tors asked to vote for their favourites from the 60 cars tak­ing part in the au­to­mo­tive fash­ion pa­rade.

Other big draws in­cluded a six-car dis­play ded­i­cated to Group B rally cars – turn over to see more – and an ex­hi­bi­tion to mark the Lam­borgh­ini Miura’s 50th an­niver­sary. Sir Stir­ling Moss, auc­tion ex­perts Chris Rout­ledge and Will Smith, and clas­sic dealer Richard Bid­dulph were among those tak­ing part in the new Speak­ers’ Cor­ner live stage.

Show di­rec­tor Bas Bungish says he’s blown away with the re­sponse to the show, and that the Clas­sic Six Na­tions Cup at­trac­tion caught vis­i­tors’ imag­i­na­tions.

‘The sight and sound of 60 ve­hi­cles – in­clud­ing su­per­cars, rac­ers, rally stars and other mo­tor­ing icons – be­ing driven along The Grand Av­enue was un­for­get­table,’ he says. ‘Hope­fully, the re­sult will set­tle a few ar­gu­ments – when it comes to the best cars in the world, no one can touch Great Bri­tain!

‘From the mo­ment the show opened, right up un­til the fi­nal cur­tain each day, the halls were buzzing with vis­i­tors. They loved the spe­cial dis­plays and re­ally got in­volved with the show – more than 9000, for ex­am­ple, voted in the Clas­sic Six Na­tions Cup.’ David Simis­ter and Mur­ray Scul­lion

More than 60 clas­sics took part in the Six Na­tions con­test to es­tab­lish which na­tion pro­duces the best cars.

This 1970 Re­nault Alpine A110 rep­re­sented France on the cat­walk.

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