The Classic & Sports Car Show Celebrates Another Successful Event
THE SECOND CLASSIC & SPORTS Car Show has been another enormous success, say the organisers, beating last year’s attendance with 15,500 enthusiasts passing through the doors over the course of the three-day Alexandra Palace event.
Held from 28th – 30th October at one of London’s most majestic venues, visitors to the show were treated to an incredible display of hundreds of the world’s finest classic cars, alongside a host of engaging features.
On Friday, legendary Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis OBE opened the show to an eager crowd, beside the iconic XJ13 he helped develop, which welcomed visitors at the Palm Court entrance throughout the weekend.
Another highlight was World Champion on both two wheels and four, John Surtees CBE, revealing the McLaren F1 as the greatest supercar ever. Gordon Murray’s 1990s masterpiece topped the finalists in the closely contested poll, beating cars such as the Lamborghini Miura, Jaguar XK120 and Ferrari F40.
Over on The Live Interview Stage presented by Goodwood Road & Racing, both Surtees and Dewis captivated crowds with anecdotes from their illustrious careers. There were surprise visitors, too. British Indycar ace and former F1 driver Max Chilton arrived to check out the show and joined stage host Henry Hope-Frost for an impromptu interview. Other guests included sports car racing hero John Fitzpatrick, touring car racing legend Steve Soper, TV presenter and World Sportscar Championship race winner Alain de Cadenet.
Outside the Palace, north London reverberated to the bark of a six-wheeled Tyrrell Formula 1 car of the 1970s as the Cosworth DFV-powered racer led Live Parades along the South Terrace, in front of a stunning cityscape view.
The weekend parades also included the BMW Owners’ Club, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the marque,Jensen owners who marked the 50th anniversary of the evocative Interceptor and FF and a stunning collection of modern highperformance vehicles from Supercars of Essex.
A selection of consignments for the Coys auction, the first sale to be held at The Classic & Sports Car Show, were also paraded in the Palace grounds. Other consignments from the auction were on display for visitors and potential buyers to admire during the event including a Lamborghini Miura P400 S delivered new to rock star Sir Rod Stewart in 1971, which made £909,000.
Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “We’re delighted with our first-ever sale at the Classic & Sports Car Show. The room at Alexandra Palace was packed throughout and in total we achieved more than £4 millionworth of sales.”
Also tempting visitors at Alexandra Palace to add to their car collection were the cream of dealers from the UK and Europe including Aston Martin specialist Desmond J. Smail, DD Classics, Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors, Hexagon Classics, Gallery Aaldering, Stanley Mann Racing and many more.
Another crowd-pleaser was a feature showing the restoration of a unique Jaguar XK120 by Pininfarina by Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in association with Total, where regular Q&A sessions also took place to give visitors the chance to really get under the skin of the project.
James Elliott, Group Editor, Classic & Sports Car magazine, said: “It was great to return to Alexandra Palace and we’ve loved welcoming visitors of all ages to the event to enjoy all the amazing cars on display.
“I’m really pleased that we’ve built on the success of last year’s event with a second show that was even bigger and better. I’d like to thank everyone involved in making this a reality.”
from p. 8 of issue December 2016
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