Last night heralded the opening of a must see event in the classic car world.
The London Classic Car Show – running until Sunday 11 January at the Excel Centre, Docklands.
A star spangled evening entertained visitors with innovative themed events ranging from James Martins Classic Cafe, with the celebrity chefs personal collection of historic Mini’s along side mouthwatering motoring themed treats served from a trio of classic vans, through James May’s ‘Cars That Changed the World’ a personal take on the perennial petrol head debate. 13 cars which he believes had a profound effect on the motor car as we know it today. The final exhibit may come as some surprise! Motor Sport magazine brought to life their Hall of Fame, featuring iconic cars associated with 8 legendary names from the celebrated publications 90 year archives. Renowned broadcaster Chris Evans introduced Grand Prix heroes, Martin Brundle, David Coulthard and Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner to talk about the coming season. Adrian Newey, the most successful designer in Formula 1 spoke of his pleasure at being honoured with a special display, dedicated to his career and featuring such diverse exhibits as plastic Grand Prix models, assembled at the age of 12 through a modified Lotus Elan which his father owned to his beloved Ducati 900 SS, Ford GT40 and 3 World Constructors Championship winning Formula 1 cars.
Icons of Le Mans feature legends from Porsche, Ford, Jaguar, McLaren and Bentley plus a Ferrari 512S rebuilt by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason after it was burnt out during the filming of the Steve McQueen movie.
The inaugural running of 40 influential classics from over nine decades along the Grand Avenue proved a show sensation as the static displays came to life with a running commentary highlighting their evolutionary significance.
Supercars, racing and classic cars along with specialists, dealers and auctioneers provide colour,glamour and excitement, resulting in a feature packed show with a difference that raises the bar in terms of celebrating motoring from the earliest times to the present day.
Event director Bas Bungish exclaimed “what a first night” ” The reaction to our innovative features has been hugely positive. Motor shows will never be the same again.”
Tickets are available from the show website – www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk with on line discounts, family, group tickets and premium entry packages also available.
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