Images from the Grand Avenue, and a short round-up of how this increasingly important show evolved in 2018.
Almost 40,000 visitors entered the London Classic Car Show in 2018, the highest number ever recorded at the Excel-based event since it started out in 2015. This year saw a significant expansion in the floor space available, with the previous slightly dispersed layout being scrapped in favour of a larger single hall. It certainly felt like a more cohesive show, which improved the integration of the Historic Motorsport International aspect. The unique Grand Avenue feature remained a big draw for the crowds.
The selection of cars running down the central strip from Thursday to Sunday was perhaps more eclectic than ever before, ranging from a Stanley steamer to a full-on the 1993 Benetton Formula 1 car. Group B rally cars proved popular, as did the various ‘Specials’.
On Saturday, Philip Glenister presented his curated display of famous Getaway Cars, both those made famous on screen and famously used by real criminals during legendary heists. F1 legend Nigel Mansell CBE made an appearance on Sunday, speaking with fans, and driving a number of cars.
Mansell commented: ’I’ve got to say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how great this London show is. It’s always wonderful to see some of my old racing cars and to meet the fans – and they’ve have been absolutely brilliant. To drive cars indoors was pretty special, too – I’ve had a lot of fun and I hope those who came to see me, and the show, enjoyed themselves as much as I did.’
Here are a few highlights from the rest of the show: