THE British capital’s biggest and best classic car spectacular – the London Classic Car Show – is growing again, and the 2017 event will include two exciting exhibitions.
Now in its third year, the show – which will be held at ExCeL London from 23-26 February 2017 – will cover 40,000 square metres of exhibition space, up from 32,000 square metres in 2016 and 18,000 square metres at the inaugural show in 2015.
The promise for next year is more than 700 stunning classic cars on display, innovative features such as The Grand Avenue and Car Club Square and the brand new Historic Motorsport International.
Historic Motorsport International is a new exhibition which incorporates a conference and will champion and celebrate historic motorsport. Entry will be free to the show’s ticket holders.
HMI will have up to 100 historic competition cars for sale from leading specialist dealers, with other exhibitors including engineers and preparers, organisers and promoters, motorsport clubs, governing bodies, retailers and media owners.
A ticketed conference, hosted by broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost, will gather leading names in historic motorsport to discuss topics such as the use of modern technology in classic race and rally cars, driving standards and sponsorship.
One of the highlights of the show will be a ‘red sea’ of Ferraris, celebrating 70 years of road cars from the Prancing Horse.
As in previous years, other special displays will focus on classic icons from the past. Last time it was supercars and Group B rally cars. For 2017, the organisers say they are lining up “two very different displays of rarely seen mouth-watering machinery” – full details are expected to be announced soon.
Another feature, making a popular return, is The Grand Avenue: an all-action roadway running through the very centre of the show and along which some of the world’s greatest classic road and competition cars are driven.
“It means The London Classic Car Show is no mere static exhibition but a living, breathing homage to the automobile… where else can you see Le Mans winners, Grand Prix racers, classic supercars and century old veterans in action in the centre of the capital?”
The expanded show will also include an open paddock, allowing visitors to get even closer to the cars.
The show usually attracts many celebrities from the motoring world. The roll-call from previous years includes the likes of James May, Adrian Newey, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Sir Stirling Moss, Ari Vatanen and Gordon Murray – more big names are promised for 2017.
“The 2016 show was enjoyed by more than 33,300 visitors and we are confident that the expanded 2017 exhibition will be even more popular,” said event director Bas Bungish.