Classic cars: should you invest? The London Classic Car Show hosts ‘Investment Forum’ to discuss the stabilising market

Classic Car Investment Forum amongst a fascinating line-up of discussions to be held in the Supagard Theatre, covering everything from investment post-Brexit to the great electrification debate

The London Classic Car Show, which takes place at ExCel London on 14-17 February 2019, has announced its programme of forums and debates that will be held in the Supagard Theatre during the event. Hosted by Tiff Needell, experts will share their advice and insight on a range of topics, with one of the key attractions being the Classic Car Investment Forum.

Chaired by motoring journalist and presenter Quentin Willson, the Classic Car Investment Forum will bring together a panel of experts from a variety of firms that advise on classic cars, from lawyers and restorers to a finance house, accountancy practice and auction company. They will discuss the stabilisation of the classic car market and its current investment potential, particularly with the uncertainty of Brexit.

Panellist Chris Routledge, CEO at international auction house Coys, said: “The classic car market has reached a new and encouragingly sensible level. Sales volumes are beginning to increase as a result of sensibly priced motorcars being offered to the market at a price to sell.”

Amongst others joining him to discuss the subject in more detail will be Clive Robertson from law firm Healys LLP, who commented: “There will be great opportunities for buying a classic, even with Brexit looming, but people do need to check the provenance of the car they are buying to safe-guard their investment.”

Alongside this topical debate will be a packed programme of forums and discussions at the London Classic Car Show. The event’s star guests will make appearances in the Supagard Theatre and take questions from the floor: Ian Callum will discuss ‘A Life in Design’, while Edd China will provide insight to the unusual automobiles in his life.

ERS, the show’s specialist motor insurer partner, will be hosting The Big Electric Classic Debate. This will be a chance to hear expert speakers, including Jonny Smith, Tiff Needell and Edd China, make passionate cases for and against the electrification of our much-loved classic cars and is set to be an unmissable part of the London Classic Car Show.

The Supagard Theatre will also shine a spotlight on the importance of apprenticeships within the classic car restoration sector, while car buying advice will come courtesy of Quentin Willson and Phillip Bell, editor of Classic Cars magazine. Supagard and Haynes Motor Museum will provide restoration tips, and there will be special discussions dedicated to the engineering accomplishments of Ferguson Formula Developments and the success of the Mini in motorsport, celebrating 60 years with panellists Stuart Turner, BMC’s Competition Manager in the 1960s, along with Mini racing drivers Alec Poole and Lady Christabel Watson.

Entrance to the Supagard Theatre is included in the entry ticket to the London Classic Car Show. However, seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance ticket prices for the London Classic Car Show start from £25 per adult, £20 per child (6-15) and £75 per family (two adults, two children). Entry for children under the age of six years is free. VIP package upgrades are also available, starting at £55 per adult, which include fast track entry, hospitality, show guide and Grandstand access for one Grand Avenue show.

As well as its presence within the Supagard Theatre, Supagard will also host product demonstrations throughout the duration of the weekend, with products available to purchase on the Supagard stand F160.

 

Supagard Theatre Schedule of Events

 

Friday 15 February

10:30     Trailblazer Apprentice Forum – Discussion on the important of apprenticeships in the heritage sector

12:00     Ian Callum: A Life in Design – Ian Callum reflects on his illustrious career

13:45     The Classic Car Investment Forum – Quentin Willson leads a panel discussion offering an overview of buying, financing, restoring and maintaining classic cars

14:45     ERS’ Big Electric Classic Debate – Tiff Needell, Edd China and Jonny Smith make passionate cases for and against the electrification of much-loved classic cars

16:50     Restoration & Preservation – Top Tips from Haynes Motor Museum and Supagard on restoring and preserving classic cars

17:30     The Colin Pool Memorial Trophy – Presentation for the most meritorious British performance at Le Mans 24 Hours 2018

 

Saturday 16 February

10:30     Trailblazer Apprentice Forum – Discussion on the important of apprenticeships in the heritage sector

12:00     An Audience with Edd China – Presenter, engineer and inventor Edd China sits down to discuss his crazy life in automobiles

13:45     ERS’ Big Electric Classic Debate – Tiff Needell, Edd China and Jonny Smith make passionate cases for and against the electrification of much-loved classic cars

14:45     Classic Car Questions Answered – Quentin Willson and Philip Bell showcase smart buys and top tips on classic car buying

16:50     The Classic Car Investment Forum – Quentin Willson leads a panel discussion offering an overview of buying, financing, restoring and maintaining classic cars

 

Sunday 17 February

10:25     Ferguson Formula Developments 4WD Panel – With special guests Stuart Rolt from Ferguson Formula and author Bill Munro

12:00     An Audience with Edd China – Presenter, engineer and inventor Edd China sits down to discuss his crazy life in automobiles

13:45     Classic Car Questions Answered – Quentin Willson and Philip Bell showcase smart buys and top tips on classic car buying

14:30     Mini in Motorsport – Celebrating 60 years of the iconic British brand with panellists Stuart Turner, Alec Poole and Lady Christabel Watson