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