Posted on 27th February 2020

A great London Classic Car Show at Olympia

The London Classic Car Show this year opened at Olympia London, the Victorian venue showcasing more than 500 incredible classic.

At the Preview Evening of the four-day event, motorsport great Bruce McLaren was honoured with the show’s Icon Award, which was presented to Jonathan Neale, Chief Operating Officer of the McLaren Technology Group, while a tribute feature of Bruce McLaren’s cars and personal items is spearheaded by the McLaren Senna GTR.

The London Classic Car Show’s new Car Stories feature, paid tribute to some incredible vehicles, Taking to the Car Stories stage throughout the weekend were designers Adrian Newey OBE and Ian Callum CBE, Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, Bradley Mauger of Haynes Motor Museum, racing driver Marino Franchitti, and journalists Tiff Needell and Mark Hales, who shared their unique tales about the 1969 Lotus 49B, Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM, Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 Continuation, Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Continuation, 1931 Duesenberg Model J, 1987 Porsche 962C, 1956 Maserati 250F and 1954 Jaguar XK120.

The 40th anniversary of the Audi Quattro and 50th anniversary of Range Rover were celebrated for the event’s duration with important models from their respective histories, including the 1985 Audi S1 E2 driven by rally legends Stig Blomqvist and Walter Röhrl. Range Rover showcasing a ‘Reborn’ model along with its Range Rover Sport SVR, as seen in the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die (2020).

More than 500 stunning vehicles worth over £70 million were on show at The London Classic Car Show, which welcomed collectors, dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and car clubs.

Many of the cars were showcased by the UK’s top classic car dealers and were available for purchase, including a 1987 Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage X Pack Volante formally owned by David Beckham, matching numbers, original Aston Martin DB4GT and 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster.

Specialist auctioneers Coys auctioned 80 vehicles across 22 and 23 February, which included a 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi that had covered just 211 miles, 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder and 1970 Ferrari 246 GT ‘Dino’ in Giallo yellow.

“It’s been fantastic bringing the show back to the original home of motoring and classic car event. And it really does feel like ‘home’ for an event like this” said Bas Bungish, The London Classic Car Show’s event director. “We’ve welcomed classic car collectors, aficionados and industry personalities, which has created a real buzz around this year’s show, alongside of course the real stars – the cars. We’re delighted to bring together so many incredible cars that are available to purchase, and those to admire as well.

What a great show, the Olympia venue gave us this year. The elevated gallery provided a great view of the halls, and there was plenty to see, a great event in the capital, and well worth including in your agenda.

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