The London Classic Car Show opened its doors at Olympia London today, 20 February 2020, as the preview evening welcomed guests to view more than 500 incredible classic cars in the splendour of the Victorian venue.
At the Preview Evening of the four-day event (20-23 February), motorsport great Bruce McLaren was honoured with the show’s Icon Award, which was presented to Jonathan Neale, Chief Operating Officer of the McLaren Technology Group, while a tribute feature of Bruce McLaren’s cars and personal items is spearheaded by the McLaren Senna GTR.
Jonathan Neale, Chief Operating Officer of the McLaren Technology Group:
“On behalf of the 4,000 people around the globe currently at McLaren, and all the drivers and people that have bridged the gap in the last 50 years since Bruce’s passing, thank you for the Icon Award,” said Jonathan Neale. “We owe a debt of gratitude for his values, which stand the test of time. Bruce is fiercely still in our hearts today.”
The London Classic Car Show’s new Car Stories feature, which pays tribute to incredible vehicles, made its debut this evening.
Taking to the Car Stories stage throughout the weekend will be designers Adrian Newey OBE and Ian Callum CBE, Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, Bradley Mauger of Haynes Motor Museum, racing driver Marino Franchitti, and journalists Tiff Needell and Mark Hales, who will share their unique tales with these magnificent machines: 1969 Lotus 49B, Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM, Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 Continuation, Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Continuation, 1931 Duesenberg Model J, 1987 Porsche 962C, 1956 Maserati 250F and 1954 Jaguar XK120.
The 40th anniversary of the Audi Quattro and 50th anniversary of Range Rover are being celebrated for the event’s duration with important models from their respective histories, including the 1985 Audi S1 E2 driven by rally legends Stig Blomqvist and Walter Röhrl. Range Rover is showcasing a ‘Reborn’ model along with its Range Rover Sport SVR, as seen in the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die (2020).
More than 500 stunning vehicles worth over £70 million can be seen at The London Classic Car Show, which welcomes collectors, dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and car clubs. Many of the cars are showcased by the UK’s top classic car dealers and are available for purchase, including a 1987 Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage X Pack Volante formally owned by David Beckham, matching numbers, original Aston Martin DB4GT and 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster.
Specialist auctioneers Coys opened viewings of the 80 consignments that it will auction across 22 and 23 February, which include a 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi that’s covered just 211 miles, 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder and 1970 Ferrari 246 GT ‘Dino’ in Giallo yellow.
Bas Bungish, The London Classic Car Show’s event director:
“It’s been a fantastic opening night at Olympia, bringing the show back to the original home of motoring and classic car event. And it really does feel like ‘home’ for an event like this. We’ve welcomed classic car collectors, aficionados and industry personalities, which has created a real buzz around this year’s show, alongside of course the real stars – the cars. We’re delighted to bring together so many incredible cars that are available to purchase, and those to admire as well, and look forward to welcoming guests throughout the weekend.”