The London Classic Car Show has revealed an expert line-up to be hosted by Max Girardo for the new ‘Car Stories’ feature at the new home of London Olympia on 20-23 February 2020.
Well over 500 classic cars will be showcased alongside various curated displays of exquisite and exotic models, with a new 2020 theme embracing ‘Car Stories’ which delves into the background of six incredible star cars with the help of those that know them best.
The specialist-six will include Adrian Newey OBE, Ian Callum CBE, Paul Spires, legendary Tiff Needell, Mark Hales and Bradley Mauger
Tiff Needell provides some fascinating insights into the 1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C on Friday 21 and Sunday 23 February. Featuring an ultra-aerodynamic body and vast wing developed by British privateer Richard Lloyd, it won the Kyalami 500 with Jochen Mass behind the wheel. This win was followed later in the year when Jonathan Palmer and Mauri Baldi piloted the car to victory at the Norisring ‘Money Race’. Out of Needell’s 14 Le Mans appearances, four were behind the wheel of a Porsche 962 and in 1990 he scored his best result of third at the famous event – the last time a Porsche 962 finished on the podium.
Racing driver and journalist Mark Hales will share his first-hand experience of driving the Maserati 250F on all three days of the show. The car was privately owned by the late Sir Stirling Moss, who chose to buy it as it was one of the best handling F1 cars on the market and is hailed as one of the best GP cars ever created. In it, he won the Monaco GP on 13th May 1956, leading from the beginning to the last lap and setting a breathtaking pace throughout the race.
Sir Stirling Moss:
“Difficult to say, but the 1961 Monte Carlo Grand Prix stands out because I drove 90 out of the 100 laps absolutely flat out. Every corner and accelerating all of the time.
“It was like asking a ‘miler’ to run 100 yards for a mile, it was that hard.”
Adrian Newey OBE
Adrian will deliver an insight into the Lotus 49B on Saturday 22 February. His connection with the car started at the age of ten when he built a Tamiya model with his father. With all the parts of the car labelled, he learned the terminology and a lot about how F1 cars were assembled. It was from then that he started sketching his own designs and making his own models in his father’s workshop. This inspiration has now come full circle as he has purchased the Lotus 49BR8, as raced by Graham Hill on his way to secure the 1968 Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship. Newey has overseen a full restoration of the car, which has taken five years and is now enjoying competing in this much-beloved machine.
Ian Callum CBE
Following twenty illustrious years as the iconic designer of Jaguars very own creative design team, Ian will present the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM on both Friday 21 and Sunday 23 February. Having penned the original Aston Martin Vanquish, the revered designer has reworked the British masterpiece at new design agency CALLUM, using current materials, technology and perspective to create a limited-edition Grand Tourer for today. Together with CALLUM’s head of engineering, Adam Donfrancesco, Callum will discuss the design and development of the original Vanquish and the journey to create this new retelling and re-engineering, which features over 100 design and dynamic changes.
Aston Martin Works’ President Paul Spires will showcase the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation on Friday 21 February. Thanks to a unique collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions – the company behind the James Bond film phenomenon – the iconic Aston Martin DB5 made famous in Goldfinger is back. Just 25 Goldfinger DB5 Continuation cars will be built this year, based on James Bond’s legendary car from 1964. Spires will delve into the car’s past and reveal how some of the new car’s functioning gadgets, including revolving number plates, were developed alongside Chris Corbould OBE, special effects supervisor from the James Bond films.
The Duesenberg Model J is currently housed at the Haynes Museum where Bradley Mauger oversees much of the collection. He will attend the show 21-23 February to discuss the Model J, which was launched in December 1928 and features a 6.9-litre straight-8, with twin-overhead-camshafts and four valves per cylinder, which produced 265bhp – twice the output of any other American car of its time. Father of the Haynes Manual concept and founder of Haynes International Motor Museum, John Haynes OBE, fell in love with Duesenbergs at a young age. He vowed to have one and added this example to his collection in 1993.
‘Car Stories’ schedule at The London Classic Car Show*:
Friday 21 February
10:45 Duesenberg Model J with Bradley Mauger
12:15 Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM with Ian Callum CBE and Adam Donfrancesco
13:45 Maserati 250F with Mark Hales
15:15 Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation with Paul Spires
16:15 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C with Tiff Needell
Saturday 22 February
10:45 Maserati 250F with Mark Hales
12:15 Lotus 49B with Adrian Newey OBE
15:00 Lotus 49B with Adrian Newey OBE
16:00 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C with Tiff Needell
Sunday 23 February
10:30 Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM with Ian Callum CBE
13:15 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962C with Tiff Needell
14:15 Maserati 250F with Mark Hales
16:15 Duesenberg Model J with Bradley Mauger
In addition to Car Stories, The London Classic Car Show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Audi Quattro and 50th anniversary of Range Rover, each marked with curated displays of key models. Courtesy of some of the UK’s top classic car dealers, there will be a vast range of magnificent machines on sale too, including a matching numbers original Aston Martin DB4GT, a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – the first of its kind to ever be sold and delivered to the UK – and an incredibly rare 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 Vantage in fast road configuration.
To book tickets visit www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.
*Car Stories schedule is provisional and subject to change ahead of the event.