The first episode of landmark global TV series, The Classic Car Show, will air at 7pm, Thursday February 5th on Channel 5 The 13 x one-hour series is presented by Quentin Willson and Jodie Kidd with a supporting cast of global A-list celebrities
The Classic Car Show celebrates the iconic cars, personalities and glamorous events of the classic car world, tapping into the multi-billion pound industry that has seen classic car values rise faster than modern art and property
The first episode of The Classic Car Show will air at 7pm, Thursday February 5th on Channel 5.
A ground-breaking new peak-time TV series, The Classic Car Show captures the passion, glamour and remarkable stories of the multi-billion pound global classic car industry. It is hosted by Britain’s most renowned classic car journalist and ex-Top Gear presenter, Quentin Willson and supermodel and racing driver, Jodie Kidd.
Over a series of 13 x one-hour episodes, The Classic Car Show will delve deeper than any series before into the phenomenon of the classic car - a remarkable world in which 50-year-old Ferraris can sell for more than $50m.
Richly shot in HD with movie quality production values, The Classic Car Show will put the spotlight on the most prestigious historic cars with A-list contributions from the likes of Steve Coogan and Jennifer Saunders, to model David Gandy, rap superstar Tinie Tempah, race ace Bruno Senna and racing legend Sir Stirling Moss.
Feature stories from around the globe will include Quentin Willson celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang in California, Jodie Kidd in a Jaguar XK120 at the Mille Miglia rally in Italy and resident racer Bruno Senna putting 10 classics through their paces on the track at the legendary Brooklands circuit.
As well as stars in cars with seven-figure price tags, The Classic Car Show will show you how to feel like a million dollars for under £5,000. Alex Riley, fresh from his Celebrity Mastermind win, channels his inner Simon Templar with a feature on the Jaguar XJS from The Saint. Face of 4Music, Will Best, will show that motorsport isn’t just for the well-heeled, when he tries low-cost high-fun classic car sprints. Factor in Quentin Willson picking the classics to buy now before their values go stratospheric and you’ve got compelling family viewing.
Presented from an underground studio at the Brooklands racing circuit in Weybridge, Surrey, The Classic Car Show is an entertaining, peak-time TV series, not just for those who can tell a Ferrari 250 GTO from a 275 GTB, but for the whole family, encompassing humour, attitude and charm.
Produced by Jim Wiseman and Stephanie Fox – from Top Gear and Top Gear Live – The Classic Car Show has been developed by Infinity Creative Media Ltd, a media company set up to create global TV content funded by passionate enthusiasts and investors. The Classic Car Show has been conceived as a global format and will be distributed around the world by Sony Pictures Television, one of the industry's leading content providers who deliver programming to over 200 countries.
Cherry Yeandle, Acquisitions Executive, Factual, Channel 5, said: “The Classic Car Show is a truly groundbreaking series. No one has ever treated classic cars in this way – and that’s why we’re incredibly excited to be screening the show in the UK. This is prime-time TV, packed full of the world’s most amazing classic cars, glamorous locations and A-list celebrities. It’s must-see viewing, not just for car lovers, but the whole family.”
Quentin Willson, presenter and Executive Producer, The Classic Car Show commented: “I’m delighted that Channel 5 will be showing The Classic Car Show. The global growth in classic cars, not just in terms of auction prices of high-end Ferraris, but the sheer number of people who share the passion, has driven the creation of The Classic Car Show. No-one has done what we are doing ever before. We've got gorgeous cars, passionate stories, an extraordinary filming budget and endless enthusiasm. The Classic Car Show is an amazing, insightful series without a socket set in sight.”
Jodie Kidd, The Classic Car Show presenter, said: “Classic cars are beautiful, sexy and evocative; when you climb in and turn the key something magical happens. The Classic Car Show is a VIP, backstage pass to one of the most exciting and exhilarating forms of art that we have.”
Jim Wiseman, Series Producer and Director of The Classic Car Show said: “Channel 5 really wanted entertainment – and that’s exactly what we’ll be bringing into viewers’ living rooms. The Classic Car Show is the programme I’ve always wanted to make. We’ve spent the last year travelling the globe, delving deep into the glamorous world of classic cars. The show is a unique mix of fantastically engaging stories about the allure of classics, from those owned by Hollywood icons, through action packed historic racing, to a car hoarding family from Hampshire.”
Russ Lindsay, Founder of Infinity Creative Media Ltd, said: “We set up Infinity to create inspirational global television content funded by passionate investors. The Classic Car Show is the first of our ‘Investor Funded Programmes’ and features the best of the best when it comes to talent and production. We’re extremely proud of the show and delighted to be working with Channel 5.”
Bruno Senna, racing driver, commented:“Driving 10 of my favourite classic cars around Brooklands was one of the highlights of my year. I’ve loved being involved in the series; it’s great to work with a team with such passion for what they are doing.”
Sir Stirling Moss, 16 times a Grand Prix winner, Mille Miglia winner and voted the greatest all round racing driver of all time said: “What they are doing with this show is impressive, it is going to introduce the world of classic cars to a whole new global audience.”
David Gandy, model, British menswear ambassador and classic car enthusiast, commented: “This is the car show I have always wanted to watch. I think I was born in the wrong era - my inspiration and the way I like to drive is really suited to these elegant and stylish classic cars.”