Catwalk stars included a pre-production Range Rover and a stunning Ferrari Cal’ Spider, with the dynamic display adding a new dimension to the normal car-show formula. First to take to the stage was a Lotus Elan Sprint formerly owned by Adrian Newey’s father, with which the F1 mastermind was unexpectedly reunited after many years. Elsewhere, he and James May’s self-curated exhibitions proved popular, with the Top Gear host selecting the Corgi model of James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 (complete with ejector seat) as his most significant car ever produced.
Numerous dealers also put on a show of their own. Nicholas Mee & Co. and Eagle E-Types were particularly well-represented, the former showing one of only 22 Prince of Wales-spec Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volantes produced, and the latter displaying its Speedster and Low-Drag Coupé specials. Whether you’re in the market for a dream car or merely want to revel in the sights, sounds and smells of the 20th Century’s finest, the London Classic Car Show runs until Sunday 11 January and comes highly recommended; you can read our series of preview articles here.