More than 500 automotive icons on display in Covid-compliant surroundings
Live action, Talks Theatre and on-site auction all add to the entertainment
Richard Hammond to launch his new The Smallest Cog restoration business
Remaining advance tickets on sale, offering significant savings
Now in its seventh year, this weekend’s The London Classic Car Show (25-27 June) is firmly established as the capital’s premier celebration for discerning classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts.
Meeting the on-going challenges, for 2021 the must-attended event has been moved from its traditional indoor date in February to a spectacular new summer-time setting in the Covid-compliant surroundings of Syon Park. Gates open at 10am on Friday morning and tickets are still available in advance from just £25 when purchased in advance. To ensuring social distancing, capacity is limited by Government protocols but any remaining tickets will be available on arrival from £30.
As well as renewing friendships and, once again, spending precious hours with likeminded admirers, visitors will be treated to the sights – and sometimes also the exquisite sounds – of more than 500 of the world’s finest automotive icons from yesteryear.
On top of celebrating key motoring milestones – notably the centenaries of the Bugatti Brescia and pioneering Lancia Lambda, and 60 years of the famous E-type Jaguar – large displays will showcase standout eras in motoring history under the show’s evocative ‘Evolution of Design’ central theme.
Bringing these to life, key exhibits will be fired up (quite literally for the pioneering steam cars from the early Victorian times!) and driven on the stately Lime Avenue carriageway outside Syon Park. Furthermore, a number of well-respected classic car experts will be appearing in the event’s lively Talks Theatre.
Hosted by former Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell, the socially distanced Talks Theatre will host a series of ground-breaking interviews. Key figures appearing on-stage will include design guru Frank Stephenson – responsible for ‘reborn’ Minis and Fiat 500s as well as recent Ferrari and McLaren supercars – and TV presenter Richard Hammond.
Stephenson will be discussing his project to design remote-controlled cars that will be raced on the surface of the moon, after being launched from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9. Hammond, meanwhile, will be introducing his own, more down-to-earth proposition; the launch of his new ‘The Smallest Cog’ classic car restoration business.
For those looking to join the thriving classic car movement, many of the country’s top dealers will be present in Syon Park offering a wide range of temptations. Additionally, a sale by Classic Car Auctions will see more than 100 tantalising lots coming under the hammer.
Underling the country’s passion for both nostalgia and the welcome return of live events, a large number of ever-enthusiastic car clubs will also be out in force. All the much-loved marques are well represented including BMW, Bristol, Bugatti, Citroen, Corvette, Ferrari, Jaguar, Jensen, Lancia and Maserati. Providing local interest, the London Vintage Taxi Association will displaying a fascinating array of black cabs through the ages.
“After what we’ve all been through, we really wanted a special show to stir up souls and put smiles back on faces of both visitors and exhibitors – and we’ve certainly done just that,” enthused a delighted Mark Woolley, Show Director.
Full details of all displays, exhibits and ticket buying options can be found on the official theclassiccarshowuk.com website.