The MPH06 Show – where the cars are the stars
It's MPH-time again and this year MPH06 in London will feature an expanded, dedicated classic car area as well as a Bonhams auction, all the supercars you could wish to see and the chance to get up close to not one but two Aston Martin DBRS9s.
The black car you see above will be on classic Aston Martin specialist Nicholas Mee's stand, in addition to over £750,000 of other cars that include a 1990 V8 Zagato Volante Vantage, one of just seven in the world and undoubtedly the lowest mileage with just 6,000 miles on the clock, a 17,000 mile V600 twin-supercharged car, a totally restored DB5, a 1,500 miles from new late '80s V8 Volante Vantage and an 8,000 mile V8 Volante.
Other exhibiting dealers well known to Classic Driver readers include Straight Eight International and DK Engineering.
Astons apart (and the Aston Martin Owners Club will be having a stand that will include A3, the oldest production Aston Martin in existence - amongst others) there will also be two of the rarest Jaguars in the world. The Jaguar Enthusiast’s Club will bring the pretty, Jaguar XK180, which is a fully functioning, 450 bhp concept car, hand-built in 1998 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the XK120 breaking the production car speed record.
The other will be displayed by the Jaguar and Daimler Heritage Trust. The unique XJ13 race car was built in 1966, but never raced and the trust were once allegedly offered £7 million for this V12 vision in hand-beaten aluminium. It will be joined in the stand by the first ever D-type racing car and the first production E-type.
The Lamborghini Owner’s Club will show off a number of the best examples from the marque that arguably produced the first supercar in 1964. Its stand will feature the original mid engined performance machine, the Miura that stunned the establishment and signalled the first salvo in the ex-tractor manufacturers fight with Ferrari. Alongside it will be the ultimate Athena poster car, the Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalvole, this 455 bhp piece of '80s excess will be sure to draw a crowd today just as it did in 1988.
Of course MPH Classic apart (in London only), at the heart of the show is the MPH theatre, a high performance 75-minute live show, presented by BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May that you can expect to thrill the audience with some high-speed stunt driving and Clarkson's familiar style of commentary.
The show runs at the NEC in Birmingham from the 26 - 29 October, and will be at Earls Court in London from 2 - 5 November.
Bonhams will hold an auction of Modern, Sports and Prestige Motor Cars on Saturday 4 November.
EARLS COURT Show Times
Thurs 2nd Nov 1pm - 10pm. Performance Times: 3pm,7.30pm (Gala Evening)
Fri 3rd Nov 11am - 9.30pm. Performance Times: 12 noon, 3pm, 7pm
Sat 4th Nov 10am - 9pm. Performance Times: 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm, 6.30pm
Sun 5th Nov 10am - 7.30pm. Performance Times: 11am, 2pm, 5pm
For further details please visit www.mphshow.co.uk
Words: Classic Driver
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