26 November, 2014
If you’ve ever wondered what the catwalk would like look populated by four wheels instead of two legs, then ponder no more.
A new concept of classic car shows is being unveiled in January.
The Grand Avenue’s catwalk forms the highlight of the inaugural London Classic Car Show at the ExCeL, from January 8 to 11 next year.
The docklands exhibition centre will play host to an array of automotive delights and recall some of the greatest names to ever grace the motor racing scene.
What is Grand Avenue?
This is the runway where the cream of the event’s motors will strut their stuff for visitors’ delectation.
In a departure from the traditional car show format, the models will be transformed from the usual, static displays into a more moving experience.
Four cars from each 20th-century decade will be driven along the catwalk twice daily, to represent a segment of classic car history.
Brand Events’ Bas Bungish, the event director, says seeing such classics in action is an “innovation”, helping to lift the genre to a higher level.
The company is already celebrated in the car industry for being the mastermind behind shows such as Top Gear Live’s offerings.
What else can I expect to see?
- a McLaren M23 once driven by 1976 world formula 1 champion James Hunt;
- Stirling Moss’s Maserati 250F; the very one that propelled him to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix back in 1956;
- A jaw-dropping Jaguar C-type first owned by Argentinean Juan Manuel Fangio, the five-times Formula One champion of the world;
- A Lagonda Tricar from 1904;
- Other iconic cars such as the 1924 Bugatti, a Jaguar SS1 from 1920, a 1960s Muira S from Lamborghini, and a Land Rover dating back to 1948;
- Leading classic specialists and dealers will be exhibiting;
- Show co-curator James May, from Top Gear, is going to reveal what he believes to be the most significant motor of all time;
- Television celebrity chef and classic car connoisseur James Martin is set to show off his collection as well as launching a temporary café for visitors