FURY ON THE CATWALK
Unique prototype Triumph to join more than 60 cars at London’s moving motor show
Astunning one-off Triumph prototype will be one of more than 60 classics strutting their stuff on the London Classic Car Show’s catwalk on 23-26 of this month.
The cars will be driven inside the ExCeL venue’s halls and along the show’s ‘Grand Avenue’, an indoor highway at the centre of the exhibition hall.
Sixty of the cars have been split into 10 different categories to produce a ‘provocative automotive history’ embracing the expected, unexpected and the controversial.
The Perfect Ten categories are saloon, coupé, four-seat convertible, sports car, supercar, hatchback, shooting brake, sports racer, single seater and aerodynamic pioneers.
Ranging from a 1904 British-built 9.6-litre Maudslay – the supercar of its day – to a Ferrari Enzo built almost 100 years later, they will form one of the show’s central features.
And, as a last-minute surprise extra, an 11th category will join the Perfect Ten, paying tribute to Ferrari as it celebrates its 70th anniversary. This will feature six of the best cars ever to wear the famous Prancing Horse badge.
Grand Avenue live producer, John Lakey, says: ‘It’s a bit like I’m ten years old again and I’m trying to create my perfect Matchbox play set. But it’s in real life and we’ve got real multi-million pound cars to organise, so we have to be incredibly organised and focused.
‘It’s been a fascinating journey. I pushed to have the aerodynamic pioneer categories – I think it’s such a different way of looking at body styles and they’re truly fascinating cars in their own right.
‘The biggest single victory is the Alfa 6C Aerodinamica. We’re insuring that for £10million and it’s coming all the way from Germany.’
There will be four Grand Avenue outings for cars on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and one on the opening Thursday evening. Tickets start from £24 for single adult entry (£27 on the door on the day).
Event director, Bas Bungish, says that he and his team have gone to extreme lengths to source unusual and rarely-seen examples of classics for the parades.
‘For instance the hatchback category includes a Vauxhall Astra GTE MkII, but this is no ordinary GTE,’ he says. ‘It’s the ultra-rare ‘Hide and Sleek’ special edition, built to mark John Cleland’s victory in the 1989 British Touring Car Championship and colloquially known as the Astra Champion.’ www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk
This one-off concept Triumph Fury will drive down the show’s Grand Avenue.