GRAND AV­ENUE GLITZ THE LON­DON CLAS­SIC CAR SHOW, EX­CEL LON­DON, 23-26 FE­BRU­ARY

Glam­orous Lon­don show rakes in record crowds with mix of Fer­raris and ev­ery­day clas­sics

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About -

Big­ger, bet­ter, brighter, and bushy tailed. This year’s Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show brought in 37,000 vis­i­tors de­lighted by the breadth of cars on of­fer. Lam­basted as be­ing too high-end pre­vi­ously, plenty of af­ford­able me­tal could be seen by all. Vis­i­tors as­sem­bled in their high­est num­bers yet, with 4000 more than last year’s show. These ex­tra num­bers were at­trib­uted to a brand new sec­tion this year – the His­toric Mo­tor­sport In­ter­na­tional show. Opened by le­gendary pair­ing Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell. It had spe­cial dis­plays, in­clud­ing fa­mous Porsches Ickx pi­loted, but we reckon those look­ing for mo­tor sport thrills were bet­ter catered for at a new and im­proved Race Retro (page 22). The glitzy and glam­orous Grand Av­enue re­mained the main draw though. This year it stretched to a quar­ter of a mile, in com­par­i­son to last year’s 0.15845 of a mile. This year’s theme was ‘The per­fect 10’ where the best ex­am­ples of 10 dif­fer­ent types of clas­sic strut­ted their stuff. The be­hind the scenes paddock was opened for the first time, and proved so suc­cess­ful peo­ple queued up to get in.

FER­RARI CEL­E­BRA­TION

Those af­ter high-end lux­ury weren’t left dis­ap­pointed – £120 mil­lion worth of Fer­raris were on dis­play cel­e­brat­ing the firm’s 70th an­niver­sary.

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