Tomorrow (Friday 29/10/16) is the opening day of the Classic & Sports Car Show 2016. I've never been and am really looking forward to it as it promises to be a great day out for a petrolhead like me.
The central theme of the show celebrates the ‘top end’ of the classic scene. The most exotic sports cars in the history of motoring will be celebrated, with 10 stunning models from 10 decades forming an unforgettable centrepiece display, estimated at a collective value of £40 million - or a very good lottery roll over win. Classic & Sports Car ran a global online poll to challenge the public to choose which great cars should represent each decade. The list was whittled down to a final 10, and now the votes are in to decide the single greatest supercar of the past century. The winner will be revealed at the show on Friday morning.
For the first time, live parades of cars will be run in the picturesque grounds of Alexandra Palace.The runs, which will take place twice a day over the course of the three-day show, will begin in the Grove area and then accelerate past the Palm Court entrance along the south terrace, in front of a London cityscape. Leading the way will be an iconic six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 Formula 1 car.
Great people from the world of motoring will be making guest appearances at the show. The Live Interview Stage, presented by Goodwood Road & Racing, will feature legends such as John Surtees CBE, and legendary Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis, OBE is also lined up and will open the show on the first day.
Two very rare yet different Jaguars are to make an appearance. The legendary Jaguar XJ13 will be on display in the Palm Court area greeting visitors enter the show. The second and also unique Jaguar is the 1954 Jaguar XK120 featuring bodywork by Pininfarina and is believed to have been created for US importer Max Hoffman. It made its debut at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show and as the only XK120 produced by Pininfarina, it remains one of the rarest Jaguars in existence.
Beautiful cars have long inspired artists to create great works of motoring art in various styles, and a wide array will be on display at Alexandra Palace. Tim Layzell is one of the best known artists in the motoring world and his striking ‘pop art’ style features on the show posters this year. Other exhibitors include silk-screen printer Ella Freire who will display her collection of limited edition classic car prints, Unique & Limited with its stunning recreations of historic moments in time, Paul Pennell of Artistry in Aluminium and his handmade repoussé in metalwork pieces, and Silent Autos Diecast Model Cars with its beautifully detailed recreations of great cars.
Coys will host an auction of fine classic cars on the Saturday to lure enthusiasts to spend their kids Inheritance . Consignments include a Lamborghini Miura P400 S once owned by Sir Rod Stewart and a Lamborghini Ghibli 4.9 SS that was formerly the pride and joy of U2 bassist Adam Clayton.
If you get a chance to come along, do so and enjoy this motoring nirvana. The Classic & Sports Car Show is on this weekend (October 28th-30th) at Alexandra Palace in north London.
For further information about the show, and to buy tickets, please visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com