BOTB Reports: London Classic Car Show 2016 {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 Mar 2016

2016 marks the second year of the London Classic Car Show, a new event celebrating all things to do with classic cars. I was lucky enough to be able to go on the preview night to get a look at all the cars and exhibits without the huge crowds it attracts on public days. This year the show has doubled in size, taking up two large halls in London’s Excel exhibition centre and it really offers a unique experience. Sure there’s the Classic Car Show at the NEC in Birmingham but that is so fast and so busy it’s almost impossible to do in a single day and the crowds are intense, so it’s nice to have a show that is smaller, yet you still get to see all the lovely classics that we yearn to see.

So to start off it was a walk around the halls and as a rallying fan I went straight to the Pinnacles of Rallying exhibit, where they had a fine collection of Group B rally cars like the Audi Quattro S1 and Lancia S4. Then onto the McLaren F1 exhibit where they had 6 of the iconic supercars, with a combined value of about £50,000,000!!! Oh, and Gordon Murray was there!

Then it was time for the Six Nations Classics event where cars from the UK, France, Italy, USA, Japan and Germany competed to be the best by parading up and down the specially built track. It was fantastic to be able to see the cars moving and hear the glorious sounds of the engines and breath in all those petrol fumes! It’s something only fans of classics would understand. Great Britain won too, which is always nice…

To round the evening off there was a great debate show hosted by BBC F1’s Suzi Perry, featuring stars from the world of motoring including F1 drivers Jenson Button and Bruno Senna, rallying champion legend Ari Vatanen, Sir Stirling Moss, Fifth Gear’s Jonny Smith, Tom Ford and model and enthusiast Jodi Kidd.

But enough rambling by me, what you really want to see are the cars!