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London Concours 2018 – Alpine A110, Italian stars, McLaren F1 and more announced

London Concours 2018 – Alpine A110, Italian stars, McLaren F1 and more announced Classic and Performance Car

The 2018 London Concours takes place on 7-8 June, which will return to the grounds of the HAC in the heart of the City of London. Details on the latest cars to be announced, and exclusive ticket offer here


Following the success of last year’s inaugural City Concours, a second event has been confirmed for 7-8 June 2018 and has been re-named the London Concours. As the Honourable Artillery Company’s fantastic headquarters in the City of London provided the perfect location for this top-level event in 2017, it will return once again for 2018. 
 
Organised by Thorough Events – the team behind the excellent Concours of Elegance – and presented by Octane, last year’s event brought together 140 world-class cars attracting more than 3500 people through the gates of the HAC. Here are a few of the highlights you can expect at this year's event.

TICKET OFFER: Octane readers can buy discounted tickets for the London Concours here

Alpine A110 – new and old


Alpine A110 – new and old

Recently reborn French car manufacturer Alpine will be at the London Concours  to show the all-new A110 Première Edition, alongside an example of the original rear-engined model. 
 
Although the Alpine name died out in 1995 with the demise of A610, the Dieppe factory that was the birthplace of the French sportscar remained alive and well – producing many of the hottest Renaultsport models for years. This year sees the rebirth of Alpine, and the company is keen to build a strong link between the new and old cars.
 
The Première Edition is one of just 1955 produced and sold ahead of the launch, and will sit alongside classic A110 Berlinette. Not only was the original A110 a compelling road car, but it was a hugely impressive competition machine.

Italian stars

 
Lancia Aurelia Outlaw

Italian cars feature heavily in most car shows, and the London concours will be no exception. One of the stars lined up to attend is the Lancia Aurelia Outlaw B20GT ‘Outlaw Number 2’, created by specialists Thornley Kelham. Inspired by the ex-Bracco Series 1 B20GT, which competed in the 1951 Mille Miglia, Le Mans and Carrera Panamericana, this example features a lowered roof line, wider wings, disc brakes all round, roll cage, air conditioning and a tuned 2.8 litre Lancia Flaminia V6 engine with fuel injection. 

Abarth 750GT
 
Joining the Lancia will be a 1959 Fiat Abarth 750GT ‘Double Bubble’ Zagato. Designed and built to compete in the small engine capacity racing categories, this Zagato-bodied racer was based on the humble Fiat 600 underpinnings. This car was originally sold to the USA, and after it finished racing returned to Europe in a fairly sad state. This car is certainly well travelled, and after being sold to Australia was given a full body-off restoration, before once again heading to Europe for engine and gearbox work. It is thought to be one of about 100 surviving cars worldwide. 

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Alfa Romeo Giulia SS
Image: Sam Frost 

Up next is one of the 25 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciales originally converted to right-hand drive by Ruddspeed, the specialist tuning company of motor sport ace Ken Rudd. With 59,000 miles, it retains much of its originality unlike many of the other UK-market SS cars – easily ravaged by the UK’s harsh climate and salted winter roads. 
 

Supercar Legends


Lamborghini Miura S

Some of the rarest, fastest and most beautiful supercars are set to make an appearance at the 2018 London Concours. This will start an example of the original supercar, a 1969 example of the Lamborghini Miura S. 
 
McLaren F1

To go along with the first is arguably the most significant supercar of recent history, the McLaren F1. With a top speed of 240mph – a record that stood until the Bugatti Veyron beat it in 2005 – it represents a high-point of 20th Century supercars.  
 
Other highlights include a Ferrari F50, notorious for featuring an engine based around the V12 of an F1 car, as well as the more recent Aston Martin One-77. This is not only one of Aston’s most exclusive cars – just 77 built – but also featured the most powerful naturally-aspirated V12 production car engine of all time at 750bhp.
 

What else?


Other plans for 2018 currently include a specially curated collection of Le Mans winners and Land Speed Record holders. As well as the automotive exotica, the City Concours will also see a return for the retail pavilions, positioned around the gardens. Some of the world’s most luxurious brands will also sit alongside a dedicated Art Pavilion, selected for the event to appeal directly to collectors and enthusiasts. 
 
Bespoke hospitality options, including fine dining luncheon experiences and a number of drinks party packages have been announced, and are already selling out ahead next summer’s garden party. If you want to have early access to the City Concours, there’s a VIP Preview Breakfast, where guests are welcomed to a breakfast buffet and an exclusive intimate preview of the cars. 

Exclusive ticket offer


Octane readers are entitled to an exclusive reduced ticket price of £25 for an adult day ticket, usually £35, by using the 'DENNISVIP' code when purchasing a ticket.
 

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