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Little Classics News: 10 July 2014

London Classic Car Show Revealed in Style

London Classic Car Show Revealed in Style

The potent roar of a V12 Ferrari engine provided the perfect backing track to the launch of the new London Classic Car Show – to be held at London’s ExCeL centre from 8-11 January, 2015.

As well as some of the most desirable and valuable classic cars ever made, visitors will be able to hear them as they’re fired up and watch them in action – with a centrepiece of the show being The Grand Avenue, a motoring runway.

The London Classic Car Show is organised by Brand Events, the company behind the hugely successful Top Gear Live and CarFest events.

Chris Hughes and Bas Bungish of Brand Events

At a special launch in a West London’s Adam & Eve Mews on Thursday (10 July), Chris Hughes, Chief Executive, pointed to the Testa Rossa, an Aston Martin DB6 once owned by Paul McCartney and other classics on display and said: “Classic cars look great in London. They reflect the style and culture of a cool capital. Yet London has no classic car show. We aim to change that with a show that’s innovative and full of passion.”

The Grand Avenue is just one of the ideas promised at the London Classic Car Show. The James Martin Classic Café will serve quality food to visitors while James, a passionate classic car fan himself, has also been appointed as a show patron, charged with mounting a display of cars that mean the most to him.

London Classic Car show launch event

As a result he will be showing – and driving – some of the cars from his own private collection and those of friends. Among those promised are a rare Ferrari 288 GTO and a glorious 250 GTO as well as a number of important Mini-Coopers.

Another famous name with a key role is BBC Top Gear’s James May, who will be curating a display of the ‘Cars That Changed The World’. Expect a few surprises… it won't be all Model Ts and VW Beetles.

There will also be motor sports displays, a homage to the Citroen DS, 60 years old in 2015, and an investors’ forum where experts will advise on how and what classic to buy as an investment that will provide much more fun than stocks and shares.

London Classic Car Show Grand Avenue

Event Director Bas Bungish said: “Although we have only just announced the show, we have already been promised huge support from a number of key players in the automotive and classic car worlds.

“We see this as a celebration of the car and are encouraging manufacturers and their one-make car clubs to get together to put on displays from the past, present and possibly even the future.

Further information about the new Show can be found at


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