WHERE can you watch a genuine Grand Prix racing car in action, indoors, while enjoying a burger prepared by TV chef James Martin?
Where can you discover which car excited a young James May so much that he went on to become one of the country’s foremost motoring personalities?
Where can you see supercars like the Ford GT40, Lamborghini Miura, Ferrari 288GTO, Bugatti EB110 and Jaguar XJ220 rubbing shoulders with motoring pioneers such as a Lagonda Tricar from 1904?
And where can you see the very first Formula 1 car built by legendary designer Adrian Newey? (He was just ten years old at the time and it was a plastic kit.)
The answers to all these questions, and a whole lot more besides, can be found at the London Classic Car Show, a star studded spectacular that kick starts the New Year with high octane sights and sounds.
It opened on Thursday and ends today (January 11th) at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands.
Unlike traditional static car shows, the London Classic Car Show boasts a number of innovative features, headed by The Grand Avenue. This motoring runway stretches the entire length of the show upon which more than 40 of the most important cars of the last century will be revving up.
And that means visitors will not only be able to gaze at iconic cars such as a 1956 ex-Stirling Moss Maserati 250F but to see and hear them in action, too.
“London deserves a really definitive classic car show… and this is it,” said event director Bas Bungish. “We have scoured the world to gather together some of the most exciting, dramatic, valuable and desirable classic cars under one roof to create not so much a show but a genuine event.”
As well as The Grand Avenue, other highlights are the 13 most significant cars ever built, (according to Top Gear’s James May); TV Chef and car nut James Martin’s private collection of Ferraris and Mini Coopers and a Motor Sport Hall of Fame, paying tribute to Enzo Ferrari, Ayrton Senna, Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher, Tazio Nuvolari, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Sir Jackie Stewart.
There’s a special feature celebrating the 60th anniversary of the avant-garde Citroen DS, and another celebrating 100 years of Maserati with three classics – Sebring, Ghibli SS and Khamsin – performing on The Grand Avenue, plus a showcase of cars from Maserati itself including a 5000GT, 3500 GT Vignale Spider, GranTurismo MC Stradale and a rare 1935 Tipo 4CS racer.
Supercars from Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, Lamborghini, Maserati, Jaguar and Bugatti are also there, along with racing legends from Le Mans: Bentley, Porsche, Jaguar, Ford, Ferrari and McLaren.
“The capital hasn’t even had a traditional classic car show for far too many years… and it’s never had an event like the London Classic Car Show. It’s the perfect way for every petrol-head to start the New Year… but it’s not just for the enthusiast: there’s something here for everyone,” said Bungish.