Covetable cars and historic racers set to excel at ExCeL, as London Classic Car Show prepares for another year
Between 23 and 26 February, and separated only by a wide corridor, two shows covered by one entry ticket will draw car enthusiasts to London’s ExCel exhibition centre. The third London Classic Car Show will celebrate 70 years of Ferrari, see 60 classics in action on the Grand Avenue that runs up the hall’s middle, feature a pop-up Beaulieu Autojumble and, on the Thursday evening, host a ‘gala evening’ on stage with Jacky Ickx as the guest of honour.
Some of Ickx’s past racing cars will form a major display, and Ickx himself will open the Historic Motorsport International Show. Here, exhibitors include event organisers and race series promoters plus famous Historic motor sport manufacturers and suppliers. Octane Magazine will have a stand in each show, shared with sister magazine Evo in the London Classic Car Show hall, jointly featuring concept cars past and present such as Peugeot’s sleek Oxia supercar from 1988.
Classic car dealers and clubs will abound, but the centrepiece is the Grand Avenue’s Perfect 10: ten categories of body style, from single-seaters and streamliners to shooting brakes and saloons, each represented by six examples including some competition cars. Broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost will host talks and a Q&A, covering Historic motor sport and the classic car industry.
Words: John Simister