ARCHIVE: Gentlemen, start your engines

  • Memorable start to 2015 for the capital as the all-new London Classic Car Show roars into town
  • Invitation to official London launch on Thursday 10 July
  • Organised by the team behind CarFest and Top Gear Live

London will resonate to the sounds of powerful V8 and V12 engines early next year as the capital plays host to a new vibrant and exciting classic car show.

To be staged at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands from 8-11 January 2015, the first ever London Classic Car Show will highlight examples of the most evocative classic and collectors’ cars ever made.

But these are no mere static exhibits. A unique centrepiece will be a special ‘street’ feature – called the Grand Avenue – up and down which the show’s 100 top cars will be driven.

It will give visitors the chance not just to gaze at some of the most desirable and valuable classic cars in the world while at rest, but also to see and, importantly, to hear them in action.

“The Grand Avenue will add an extra dimension to the new London Classic Car Show,” says Bas Bungish, Event Director, Brand Events.

“Part of the appeal of a classic Ferrari is the snarl of its V12 engine while the V8 rumble from an American muscle car is music to the ears of every enthusiast. In bringing some of the world’s greatest cars to life, the London Classic Car Show will ensure that ExCeL will echo to these aural treats.”

The London Classic Car is expected to attract not just existing classic car enthusiasts as well as serious collectors but will also infuse newcomers with a passion for the pastime.

Among the myriad of other attractions at the show will be displays from premium marque owners clubs and heritage showcases from leading manufacturers. Historic racing and competition cars will be featured while leading collectors will be invited to present a special car from their collection.

Classic dealers will be on hand with desirable cars for sale, while other stands will highlight the skills of restorers and specialist suppliers. There will also be a large autojumble offering quality memorabilia for sale.

The investment side of the thriving classic car movement will come under scrutiny in the Investors Forum at the show, and experts will put their necks on the line by identifying ‘ones to watch’, those future classics that are considered bargains today.

Appealing to visitors who enjoy premier events such as Salon Retromobile in Paris and the Techno Classica in Car Show in Essen Germany, the aim is for the London Classic Car Show to become an annual ‘must do’ fixture on the international classic car calendar.

For when it comes to creating instant hit exhibitions and shows, Brand Events has an enviable track record: The London Classic Car Show is the latest venture from the team behind the hugely popular CarFest North and South extravaganzas as fronted by BBC2 broadcaster Chris Evans and the fast and furious Top Gear Live global roadshow.

“With CarFest and Top Gear Live, we have shown that we bring new ideas to motoring events. The plans we have for The London Classic Car Show means it will be a long way removed from a traditional static classic car show,” says Bas Bungish.