Heading to the London Classic Car Show on 18-21 February? Here's what you can expect to see
Taking place in one of the Capital’s foremost exhibition spaces, ExCeL in Royal Victoria Dock, the 2016 London Classic Car Show promises to be an international celebration of automotive history. February’s four-day event will bring together the very best collector cars, dealers, specialists, manufacturers, memorabilia, products and clubs.
Last year, the inaugural show was praised for its quality but attracted some criticism for being a little light on content. For 2016, organisers say that the event will be nearly twice as large as the inaugural 2015 London Classic Car Show, at 34,000 square metres. A new hall will be added to showcase displays from 25 of the UK’s top single-marque clubs, with an atmosphere reminiscent of a British motor show from the 1960s. Here are some of the main attractions:
McLaren F1 celebration
The greatest car of the 20th century? When it was launched in 1992 it was certainly the fastest, and since the last of the 106 examples rolled off the production line in 1998 the F1 has become one of the most legendary. Five examples will be on display, including two road cars, two GTR racing cars, as well as the extremely rare long-tail. The display will also include various pieces of memorabilia from the F1’s various motorsport successes. Gordon Murray, the father of the F1 will also be on hand to talk about the car almost 25 years on from it’s birth.
Ari Vatanen Group B display
Often remembered as one of the most exciting periods of rallying history, the Group B cars are some of the most fantastic and wild ever built for the WRC. The outright speed and surging popularity of Group B lead to a number of driver and spectator fatalities, which ultimately forced the FIA to ban the highly advanced cars. Ari Vatanen will be in attendance, and the cars on show include Lancia’s rear-drive 037, Delta S4, Ford RS200, MG Metro 6R4, Peugeot 205 T16 and the decade-defining Audi quattro.
Classic Six Nations
This will undoubtedly be the biggest display of the whole show, with ten cars from each of the six biggest car-producing nations. The show organisers pose the questions: Italian beauty or America muscle? British tradition or French quirk? German efficiency or Japanese technology?’
The six competing teams will first rev up during the official Opening Ceremony in the build-up to The Great Debate. A series of head-to-head heats will then follow on Friday and Saturday, with show-goers voting for their favourites. After all those votes are counted, Sunday will stage fifth and third place play-offs before the afternoon’s Classic Six Nations Cup Grand Final. The winner of that will be crowned the world’s greatest car-building country.
The Grand Avenue
Like last year, a particular attraction will be the central Grand Avenue, an indoor motoring ‘highway’ on which more than 60 classics will be fired up and driven. This will provide a unique chance to see, hear and smell these classics in action, all under one roof.
Evolution of the supercar
A display of supercars from the original Lamborghini Miura right through to the latest hybrid hypercars will attempt to tell the amazing story of the supercar through the ages.Find out more, and book your tickets at: www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk