The inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show is set to take over the capital’s iconic Alexandra Palace from 30 October-1 November, as 300 of the world’s most valuable and desirable classic cars file into the historic exhibition halls. Here’s the definitive list of must-see features to make sure you get the most out of your visit.
Aston Martin: the story of an icon
The world’s oldest surviving Aston Martin ‘A3’ will take pride of place in a top-drawer display dedicated to the firm’s rich heritage. The 1921 motorcar is one of four prototypes built by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, and will be taking a starring role in a timeline of iconic Aston Martins thanks to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.
Stirling Moss: tribute to a legend
A selection of the Formula One ace’s single-seater racers will be gathered together to honour one of Britain’s most successful drivers. The display will include his 1957 British Grand Prix-winning Vanwall VW4, a ground-breaking Ferguson P99 and the BRM P25 which he was forced to push-start at Reims in 1959.
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Best British Car Ever
Classic & Sports Car has drawn on the collective knowledge of 100 of the industry’s leading experts to decide once and for all which car will take the crown as the Best British Car Ever. The panel of luminaries, which included McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray, Lotus head of design Russell Carr and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has drawn up a shortlist of 10 cars, with the winner set to be unveiled on the opening day of the event.
Two wheels good
Classic & Sports Car has teamed up with the city's legendary Ace Cafe and London Motorcycle Museum present a world-class display of motorcycles, headed by two barn-find Broughs that have spent the past 45 years with the same owner. And that's not all – there's also a Royal Enfield Constellation that became the infamous face of the Rocker road racing movement in the 1960s, plus a selection of historic AA response vehicles.
In addition to some of the best classic cars the world has to offer, The London Show will give visitors the chance to hear talks and attend book signings from some of the motoring industry's biggest names, including Le Mans winner David Brabham, former Formula One team boss Ross Brawn, saviour of Jaguar Sir John Egan and former Top Gear presenter Chris Goffey.
Lord Montagu tribute
The classic car community owns a debt of gratitude to Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, the veteran historic vehicle campaigner and founder of the Beaulieu Motor Museum who sadly passed away earlier this year. A special tribute led by a stunning Blower Bentley will take pride of place in Alexandra Palace's Palm Court.
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Classic car park
You won’t need convincing that the most stylish way to arrive at Alexandra Palace is by classic car, and a countless number of readers will be doing just that thanks to a dedicated parking area for the exclusive use of classic cars. All the spaces are now booked up, and if you were unfortunate enough to miss out this year, there’s still no better place to take a mid-morning stroll away from the hustle and bustle of the show halls.
The Classic & Sports Car London Show will gather more than 300 of the finest automobiles the capital has ever seen, gathered from Europe's top classic car dealers and private collections. Everything from Jaguar E-types through to pre-war coachbuilt classics will shine under Alexandra Palace's lights, with cars coming from top dealers such as DD Classics, JD Classics, Gray Paul Classic Cars, Desmond J Smail, Frank Dale & Stepsons, Hexagon Classics and many more.
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