The first episode in the hotly anticipated television series The Classic Car Show is being aired tonight in the UK (5 February). The Channel 5 production will begin at 7pm, making it one of the first serious classic car programmes to be shown on primetime television.
The Classic Car Show is presented by former Top Gear star Quentin Willson, who is joined by supermodel and driving enthusiast Jodie Kidd. The pair will be supported by celebrities including model David Gandy and rapper Tinie Tempah, but the focus will remain on the cars.
The series comprises 13 one-hour episodes and will feature a broad variety of classics, from sub-£5000 bargains to multi-million-pound supercars.
Classic car events will also play a prominent role in the show, with Jodie Kidd participating in the Mille Miglia and Willson travelling to the US to celebrate 50 years of the Ford Mustang.
Among those lending their support to the project are racing legend Sir Stirling Moss and racing driver Bruno Senna.
"The global growth in classic cars, not just in terms of auction prices of high-end Ferraris, but the sheer number of people who share the passion, has driven the creation of the programme," said Willson. "No-one has done what we are doing ever before."We've got gorgeous cars, passionate stories, an extraordinary filming budget and endless enthusiasm."
His views were backed up by Sir Stirling Moss, who said: "What they are doing with this show is impressive. It is going to introduce the world of classic cars to a whole new global audience."