What not to miss at the London Classic Car Show 2016

Now twice the size due to the success of the inaugural event last year, the London Classic Car Show will return to ExCel London on 18-21 February – and promises an even more impressive roster of special guests, themed features and cars for sale…

Electrifying avenue

The organisers announced plans for a 50% expansion just days after the last event, but exhibitor demand has seen floorspace doubled for the second London Classic Car Show. Headlining the features is an interesting spin on the Six Nations Cup, a tournament that will decide once and for all which country makes the best cars – Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan or the United States. Ten cars from each country will parade the unique ‘Grand Avenue’ automotive catwalk across the weekend, before the victorious nation is crowned on Sunday.

All-star cast

There will also be a display showcasing the evolution of the supercar from the 1970s until today; the McLaren F1 will get its very own display with five different variants on show, plus anecdotes from patriarch Gordon Murray on the Thursday and Friday. Sir Stirling Moss will also be present on the Speaker’s Panel, while legendary ‘Flying Finn’ Ari Vatanen will host a display dedicated to the fearsome really machines of the Group B era, with all the most memorable cars represented.

Buy what you see

Dealers will remain an integral part of the show, with exhibitors such as DD Classics, Duncan Hamilton, Frank Dale, Graeme Hunt, Hexagon Classics, Joe Macari, Nicholas Mee, Samuel Laurence and Speedmaster presenting their wares. Coys and Silverstone Auctions will be hosting talks on current trends in the classic car market, while a variety of enthusiast groups will occupy the Car Club Square, staged to evoke memories of a 1960s motor show. On the final day, visitors are also invited to attend in their ‘Sunday Best’ period costumes, à la Goodwood Revival.

Photos: London Classic Car Show

The event will open on Thursday 18 February with a VIP preview evening, then runs Friday 19 – Sunday 21 February. Classic Driver readers can buy two adult tickets for £40 when they enter the code CDRIVER when booking through the London Classic Car Show website. Offer applies to Friday-Sunday tickets and expires on 17 February.