The London Classic Car Show to honour Jaguar design icon Ian Callum

Tickets now on sale for the 2019 event: 14-17 February 2019, ExCel London

The London Classic Car Show returns to ExCel London on 14-17 February 2019, with tickets now on sale. The fifth edition of the event will celebrate the incredible career of Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design; the man acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents.

The London Classic Car Show has become a firm fixture on the UK event calendar with 37,000 classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts flocking to ExCel for last year’s four-day classic car extravaganza.

For 2019, Ian Callum’s prolific career will be honoured with The London Classic Car Show Icon Award and a celebratory exhibition of his work. This will feature some of the most notable and career-defining cars that he has designed over his illustrious career, including the Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar I-PACE, F-TYPE and XK and the Ford RS200 rally car. There will also be a Q&A with the man himself at the show.

Talking about the exhibition and receiving the Icon Award, Callum commented: “I’m honoured that The London Classic Car Show has chosen me to be its 2019 Icon.  I’m very much looking forward to the moment that I see a collection of my work together in one room for the first time. I’m also excited to share how my car designs have evolved over the years and what my inspirations have been.”

Further show exhibits include a collection of historical Aero Engine cars, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Italian Job, the Historic Motorsport area and, of course, The Grand Avenue runway show, where classic cars are fired up and driven for visitors to see, hear and smell these iconic classics in action. Brand new for 2019, The London Classic Car Show will be offering grandstand seating ‘trackside’ for the Grand Avenue parades.

In addition to the event being jam-packed with classic cars and features, there will also be a number of esteemed guests taking to the stage in The Supagard Theatre to discuss a wide variety of classic car themed topics. Previous years have been attended by personalities such as Nigel Mansell, Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx, Sir Stirling Moss, Ari Vatanen, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Suzi Perry, Jonny Smith and Quentin Willson.

Event Director Bas Bungish said: “It seems like only yesterday we were launching this show as we felt London was missing a prestigious classic car event and now we are already on sale for our fifth year, with each show welcoming a bigger and better collection of exhibits and features. There is much more still to be announced, but we are very happy to be upgrading The Grand Avenue with grandstand seating and to be curating exhibitions celebrating Ian Callum, The Italian Job and Aero Engines.”

Current planned exhibits and features include:

  • Aero Engines: We look back in history to see where our obsession with speed began and turn to the brave racing pioneers of motoring who were inspired by aeronautical engineering to propel themselves to speeds unachieved before. We’ll be assembling some of the greatest aero engine cars from this period – with their unmistakable Edwardian designs and vast engines you will have a unique chance to get up close and admire their madness and brilliance.
  • The Grand Avenue: The Grand Avenue has played host to a wide variety of themes since the inception of The London Classic Car Show, from ‘The Perfect 10’ and ‘6 Nations’ to ‘A Century of Motoring’. For 2019, we celebrate ‘Firsts’. We will be showcasing cars that have pioneered new technologies, market niches or styles on road or track, alongside cars that made a designer’s name, pioneered a new material or founded manufacturing dynasties. We will also pay tribute and celebrate the 60th anniversary of a car that was first on many levels, in technology, function, marketing and motorsport… The Mini.
  • The Italian Job: The most iconic motoring heist movie in history was first seen 50 years ago in 1969 and was made famous by the appearance of the wonderful classic Mini. Celebrating 50 years, we pay tribute to this great comedy caper with a collection of cars that take a starring role in the film, including the Lamborghini Miura, Aston Martin DB4 Volante, Jaguar E-Type, Harrington Legionnaire, Land Rover and of course the unforgettable iconic red, white and blue Mini Coopers.
  • Historic Motorsport: Historic Motorsport will return in 2019 as an integral part of The London Classic Car Show, giving our visitors the opportunity to find out how to go from garage to grid.
  • Car Club Square: Car Club Square is back for 2019, offering a more comprehensive selection of the UK’s leading car clubs. All of whom have brought their most beautifully cared for classics. It’s an utter joy to see these machines so fastidiously maintained, cared for and enjoyed by their owners