The London Classic Car Show looks to have been a success as organisers reported around 14,000+ visitors making the trip to the new outdoor venue of Syon Park…
While the entry/exit strategy was questionable and sometimes difficult, the show was the most diverse its been in many years with a Motofest feel to the whole proceedings. Not a bad thing, with a varied and eclectic mix of automotive delights to suit even the moaning of purists.
Credit must be given to the stressed team of organisers who were, like many others (apart from football), forced to stick to a restricted sales plan and therefore stretching every penny to its maximum. That said, they did manage to entice TV star, Richard Hammond who made the most the high profile of The London Classic Car Show to launch his new classic car restoration business – The Smallest Cog.
It was absolutely brilliant to be back in a field full of fascinating cars with so many others sharing your passion. It’s the first time I’ve been out for months and it took me back to what life was like not so long ago – it was a real joy in other words
On arrival to Syon Park visitors were welcomed by the magical sight of two legendary British motoring idols framing the main show entrance: to the left one of the 50 original ‘Blower’ Bentleys from the 30s and, to the right, the unique ‘low drag’ racing 60s Jaguar E-type – 49 FXN.
The legendary E-type’s 60th anniversary was further celebrated by a stunning showcase curated by the Jaguar Drivers Club. This not only included the second-ever E-type to leave the hallowed Browns Lane production line in 1961 but also the feted racing E-type in which Graham Hill scored a famous debut victory just weeks after the exquisite Jaguar’s launch at the Geneva International Motor Show. What’s more, for the first time in public for more than half a century, the illustrious indigo ECD 400 race winner was joined by its sister Equipe Endeavour team car UPM 400.
Jaguar E-type celebrations at the London Classic Car Show 2021…
Posted by Classic Car Curation on Wednesday, 30 June 2021
E-type’s 60th anniversary
Other notable anniversary tributes included eye-catching displays to mark the centenaries of both the marque-defining Bugatti Brescia and the pioneering Lancia Lambda. These, together with many of the exhibits from the show’s central Evolution of Design feature, added to the spectacle when parading on Lime Avenue – an opportunity for visitors to see, hear and smell some of the great cars in action.
Always a pleasure to meet the wonderful guys at the Bugatti Trust and Owners' Club…
Posted by Classic Car Curation on Monday, 28 June 2021
Dowsetts Classic Cars also unveiled their first-ever Tipo184 as part of this year’s ‘The Evolution of Design’ theme, paying homage to the Alfa Romeo 158, raced by the legendary Argentine racing car driver who dominated the first decade of F1 racing, winning the World Drivers’ Championship five times.
For those not at the London Classic Car Show, here's the first-ever Tipo184 from Dowsetts Classic Cars – an impressive thing up close…
Posted by Classic Car Curation on Sunday, 27 June 2021
Dowsetts Classic Cars Tipo184
Adding yet another dimension to the interactive visitor experience, former BBC Top Gear TV presenter Tiff Needell hosted a series of interviews with a star-studded roster of industry luminaries. These included the ever-entertaining Hammond and car design supremo Frank Stephenson, the world-famous stylist behind stunning Ferrari, Maserati, and McLaren supercars as well as the second-generation Mini and Fiat 500 supermini icons.
Plans for The London Classic Car Show in 2022 will be announced later this year when there is more clarity over the future of live indoor and outdoor events.
You may also like:
Goodwood Festival of Speed Goes Ahead As ERP Pilot Event