Our postcard from the 2017 London Classic Car Show

the-london-classic-car-show-2017We attended the London Classic Car Show for the first time last year, this show had come on as you’d expect.  You really now need a few days to see everything, as if like us you’re looking at the cars, you’ll miss some of the Grand Avenue runs (we saw a few), or the theatre talks (we missed them all).

 

First of all let’s start with the traffic getting there.  Not a good start.  We left Reading for our 1.5 hour journey.  It took 2.5 hours, with 1 hour being the last 2 miles getting to the event car park.  Serve us right maybe for attending on Sunday when Trains and tube would less frequently.  We’ve learnt for next time.

 

Anyway, once in it was much of the same as last year.  Loads of wonderful classic cars on display, many overpriced (in our opinion), but wonderful to gawp at and dream of owning one day.  We highlighted our top ten from the event which you can see here.

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On Grand Avenue we got to see some lovely classic cars.  Here are our videos from the event:

Coupe Class
The cars on display featured in the Coupé class included:
1966 Alvis Graber Coupé
1969 Mazda Cosmo Series II
1974 Bitter CD
1965 Ford Mustang 289 GT 2+2 Fastback
1973 Ford Capri MkI 3000 GXL
1985 Audi Sport Quattro


A walk around the Ferrari Tribute Collection

The cars on display featured many of our favourites, such at the Ferrari F40, Ferrari 250 GTO, Ferrari 288 GTO, Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, and Ferrari LaFerrari.

Supercar Class
The cars on display featured in the Supercar class included:
1904 Maudslay 60hp 9.6-litre OHC straight-6
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
1968 Lamborghini Miura S
1988 Lamborghini Countach Anniversary
1971 Monteverdi 375L High Speed

Sports Racer class
The cars on display featured in the Sports Racer class included:
1931 Alvis Powys-Lybbe Brooklands Special
1953 Jaguar C-Type, MVC630
1960 Lotus Elite. Maximar No.1125
2001 Porsche 911 GT3-RS (996R) Freisinger Motorsport
1964 Crosslé 5S
1969 Ford GTD 40 Mk1 ‘wide body’

Grand Avenue – Ferrari Tribute
The cars on display featured in the Ferrari Tribute class included:
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter Coupé. Vignale Aluminium Racing Body
1966 Ferrari 275 GTS
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS E Series
1993 Ferrari F40
2003 Ferrari Enzo,1965 Ferrari 330 GT Vignale Estate

So you’ll have a flavour of this event from here.  What a great event, great location and certainly one to be considered year after year.  In its 3rd year this no doubt was bigger and better than last year.  I particularly felt there was more of a social vibe this year, much helped by the Silverstone Classic Scarf & Goggles pub area.  Nice work chaps.

 

Biggest regret is that I did not have enough time to see everything.  I missed the paddock area.  I assumed it was no access, but found out after leaving the event that I could have got in there and taken a closer look at the Grand Avenue display cars.  Doh!  Well there’s always next year to look forward to, and we certainly are.

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