FURY ON THE CAT­WALK

Unique pro­to­type Tri­umph to join more than 60 cars at Lon­don’s mov­ing mo­tor show

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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