In case you were locked under the stairs or repairing that under-used classic car last weekend, here’s a look at the London Classic Car Show in pictures.
Held at the London ExCel, this year’s classic extravaganza brought together a vast array of historic vehicles in a bid to encapsulate the vintage tactility every petrolhead embraces.
The centre of attraction was once again The Grand Avenue, previously hosting themes such as ‘The Perfect 10’, ‘6 Nations’ and ‘A Century of Motoring’, this year paying homage to some motoring ‘Firsts’.
Showcasing a range of vehicles that have played innovative roles in styling, markets, technologies and road or track, the Avenue provided a wonderful backdrop and newly integrated viewing gallery for the excited crowd to witness the sound and smell of those zipping around the track.
Joining the impressive line-up this year was the classic hand grenade – The Mini. A leader on so many levels, with the lovable classic car celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019.
An impressive 60-strong fleet of Grand Avenue tourers were given a run out including the world’s first sports car, a Prince Henry Vauxhall built entirely to W.O. Bentley’s specification, 1914 Bentley DFP 12/40hp 2-litre Tourist Trophy Speed Model, extremely rare Bricklin SV-1, Heinz 57 Wolseley Hornet Convertible (developed as a marketing collaboration with Heinz Food), Austin Se7en Deluxe Vanden Plas and an incredibly rare Riley Elf will be shown; one of ten pre-production prototypes built by BMC for the Earls Court Motor Show in 1961.
Debates & Discussions
There was also a host of debates and discussions being held on the Supagard Theatre, which included a team of hand-picked experts spearheaded by Tiff Needell and Quentin Willson, sharing their advice and insight on a range of topics, with one of the key attractions being the Classic Car Investment Forum.
Another hot potato being debated was the Big Electric Classic Debate, hosted by the show’s specialist motor insurer partner, ERS.
The dedicated panel included electric connoisseur Jonny Smith, Tiff Needell and Edd China, making passionate cases for and against the electrification of our much-loved classic cars.
The vote is currently still open and sits at 56.67% agreeing to the electrification of classics, whilst 43.33% remain faithful to the cause.
You can still vote via this link.