May 3, 2019

The Car Years Live on ITV4 from 7th May

Brand new classic car tv show sponsored by Footman James, The Car Years, hosted by British racing driver, Vicki Butler-Henderson and TV and radio presenter, Alex Riley, will air on ITV4 at both 8pm and 8:30pm on Tuesday evenings from 7th May.

Featuring some of the most significant cars in automotive history, The Car Years first double bill episode will feature two of the best cars released in 1964. Alex Riley thinks that the Ford Mustang, a true representative of American muscle should be able to outclass Vicki’s iconic Porsche 911 – but only one car can win.

Who gets to decide who wins? A panel of expert judges, who will also double up as specialist commentators for the show. The panel features some of the industry’s most famous faces, with the first episode starring Quentin Willson, presenter and journalist; Chris Routledge, Managing Director of leading auction house Coys and ex-Top Gear and current The Grand Tour script editor Richard Porter.

The second episode of The Car Years will focus on 1984 where Alex and Vicki will be tasked to choose a supercar that was first produced in ‘84, yet encapsulates the decadence found throughout the 80ss.  In this episode, Alex opts for a firm favourite of classic enthusiasts – the Ferrari Testarossa, which Vicki will attempt to rival with a turbo-powered Group B rally-ready Ford RS200. The winning car in this episode will be chosen by Richard Porter and Chris Routledge, who this time will be joined by former F1 star, journalist and broadcaster Karun Chandhok.

Footman James Managing Director, David Bond explained why The Car Years is sure to be a hit: “Vicki, Alex and the rest of the presenting team make the show. The programme has the right balance of learning about what makes these iconic cars special and the stories behind how they came to life, delivered with beautiful photography and humour. I challenge everyone to watch the first episode and not head straight to the classifieds.”

When co-presenter Alex Riley appeared on the Footman James stand at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show this March, he stated why car fans should tune into The Car Years on the 7th May: “I can’t think of another show that’s so totally focussed on the cars… because we’re not buying, selling, or restoring, we can really go to town telling their often-surprising stories. Add in gorgeous photography and brilliant archive footage and it’s a feast for the eyes.