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
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.