Other than getting to the ExCeL (Car -> Train -> Underground -> DLR), this year’s London Classic Car Show was another jaw-dropping display of the UK’s finest classics. The sister show, Historic Motorsport International, was at the end of the same very large hall this year, an improvement of previous years when it was in a separate hall on the other side of the central concourse.
The show has a great mix of high-end dealers with all of the super rare exotics you would expect. Coys, with both Classic Car and Motorsport Auctions, this year saw more club displays and then there was the very popular Historic Motorsport part of the show. Running right through the middle of the hall is the “Grand Avenue” where a selection of significant/rare cars run up and down the Avenue a number of times per day.
Most of the parades were an opportunity to see cars through the various eras or motoring history glide elegantly by. However, some of the motorsport selection were spicing things up a bit by attempting to drift around the turn-around-point.
The clubs really pulled out all of the stops to get some top-notch cars on display. I really enjoyed the RS Owners Club but they were all great, BMW with an E30 M3 and an M6, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche were all jaw-dropping.
It was great to see the Waterloo Classics (Article: Waterloo Classics Last Meetup of 2017) crew there with some of the regulars from their monthly London meet-up just south of the river from Westminster. I’d met Niall from “Take It To The Road” classic car YouTube Channel at Waterloo Classics at their last meet-up, sporting his Berton X1/9, but for this show Niall bought a new acquisition along, probably among the rarest, but possibly not the most glamorous in everyone’s eyes, car at the show, an extremely original and well looked after 1982 Vauxhall Viceroy, a what? you may well ask. Apparently, it is an Opel Commodore C, a luxury 2.5ltr version of the Carlton.
Niall had spent a lot of time cleaning it up for the show, have a look at his article and a short film about his Viceroy:
Now off to the far end of the hall, to have a look around the Historic Motorsport International with everything from club racing stands to icons from motor racing’s past.
One of the finest Alfa Romeo Restoration Companies, Alfaholics Limited had this gorgeous GTA build…
A few more Alfas…
And from the dealers…
There were a couple of first sightings in the form of Morgan’s new Plus 4 Club Sport and the truly epic Lister Thunder, marking Lister’s return to beefing up Jaguar’s already pretty beefy sports cars.
Sounds pretty cool…
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