Thursday 15 February
16:00 – 21:30
Thursday night was a jammed packed evening of entertainment, up first was a curated display of racing cars taking to the Grand Avenue. Soon after TV motoring presenters: Alex Riley (BBC One Show), Jonny Smith (Fifth Gear and Mud, Sweat & Gears) and Quentin Willson (BBC Top Gear, Fifth Gear and The Classic Car Show) discussed future classics, rapidly appreciating classics, smart buys and all things motoring, surrounded by what they felt were the stand-out cars of the show. Including a McLaren P1 (described as an instant classic), a beautiful, unrestored 1961 Jaguar flat floor E-type, an imposing 1931 8-Litre Bentley Tourer and a Jaguar XJ220, which all three presenters concurred is an astonishing, somewhat under appreciated super car.
Soon after for the first time in the show’s history, the opening evening witnessed a pair of major global car launches with two of Britain’s most iconic marques unveiling new models.
Morgan Motor Company took the wraps off its latest +4 Club Sport and then Lister revealed its never-seen-before Thunder.
Across the hall, actor Nick Moran of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Harry Potter fame was reliving various of his film roles on the special display of Getaway Cars. Adding to the rogues’ gallery Nick Reynolds was reunited with the very Lotus Cortina that his late father Bruce Reynolds used to stake out the Great Train Robbery in 1963.