‘Grand Avenue’ Axed As ‘Car Stories’ Welcome Rothmans Porsche 962C

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1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C will feature in the new look 'Car Stories'.

The London Classic Car Show has revealed today the 1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C Kyalami 500 and Norisring ‘Money Race’ champion will head to the Olympia London on 20-23 February 2020 spearheading the new ‘Car Stories’ theme.

Victorious in the Kyalami 500 and Norisring ‘Money Race’, the illustrious Rothmans Porsche 962C (chassis number 106/B), courtesy of Duncan Hamilton ROFGO, is the first car to be confirmed for ‘Car Stories‘, a brand-new attraction that will debut at the 2020 London Classic Car Show.

Car Stories Replaces Grand Avenue

The brave ‘new look’ event will travel west to its new Kensington home with an automotive twist that will see new theme ‘Car Stories‘ replacing the popular ‘Grand Avenue‘ celebrating six of the world’s most iconic and interesting cars, all with an incredible story to tell.

Presented by personalities from the industry, including designers, racing drivers and owners, Car Stories provides a platform to delve into the rich history of these special vehicles with the help of those who know them best.

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Car Stories will replace the Grand Avenue feature

Bas Bungish, London Classic Car Show Event Director:
“We’re incredibly excited to start announcing some of the special celebrations that will take place at our 2020 event. Car Stories gives us the opportunity to discuss some of the world’s most iconic and fascinating classic cars with people that have shared incredible moments in history with them.

“We’re honoured to welcome the Porsche 962C and will be announcing five more superstar cars with fascinating stories to tell in the run-up to the show.”

Norisring Street Circuit

Racing drivers Jonathan Palmer and Mauri Baldi guided the Liqui Moly-liveried Porsche to victory on the Norisring street circuit in the 1987 World Sportscar Championship. Featuring an ultra-aerodynamic body and vast wing developed by British privateer Richard Lloyd, the car was the first privately owned Group C car to win a race that season.

Following victory in Germany, Palmer put the car on pole at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and in the process set a new lap record for a sportscar and became the first sportscar driver to break the 200kph barrier.

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1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C will feature in the new look ‘Car Stories’.

For the final race that year, Richard Lloyd entered it to compete at the Kyalami 500 in South Africa, which was the last major event to be held on the original and much-loved circuit layout. On 28 November 1987, works Le Mans-winning driver Jochen Mass piloted the Rothmans-sponsored car with a factory-spec engine to victory in front of a 46,000-strong crowd.

Visitors to the London Classic Car Show will be able to see the car restored and race-ready to the exact specification and livery as raced by Mass.

London Classic Car Show Tickets

Tickets for the 2020 London Classic Car Show go on sale from 08:00 GMT on 30 October 2019. The event will present the opportunity to see and purchase some of the most exquisite and sought-after classic and vintage cars currently for sale.

Rothmans Porsche 962C
1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C will feature in the new look ‘Car Stories’.

‘Early Bird’ tickets are available at £20 per adult from Wednesday 30 October until midnight on Friday 15 November 2019. Following this, advance tickets for the London Classic Car Show start from £25 per adult, £20 per child (6-16) and £75 per family (two adults, two children). Entry for children under the age of six years is free.

Tickets for Thursday’s Preview Evening, where an industry personality will be honoured with the show’s coveted Icon Award, start at £75. Premium tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting at £60 per adult, which include fast track entry, hospitality and show guide, as well as the chance to meet and participate in a private Q&A with Car Legends in the VIP area.

More information on tickets and availability visit this link.

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