After hearing that the London classic car show was on just 30 minute from me at the Excel centre in London, I decided to kill some time on a Saturday morning.
I thought it would be a good idea to head up there early as the weekends at these kinds of shows are always busy, so off I went in the work wagon (currently a very comfortable Skoda Octavia!), camera charged and ready to see some cool cars.
The centre was split into two halls, one for classics, one for classic race cars, in the interest of keeping it interesting, I’ll mix and match.
First and foremost, if you’re not into the Porsche brand, you’ll be upset as there were…quite a few.
Loving the skittle-esque colours on these two.
Two more, both sporting orange details, very cool.
This car was very interesting, a fully restored example on display by Paul Stephens, it sat absolutely perfectly and almost reminded me of the Singer cars, it was that good.
Porsche club GB has some amazing prints on display made by one of their members, each depicting an iconic moment in the brand’s racing history. I REALLY wanted one of the Martini prints, the colours are so vivid.
The ladies on the stand were also very polite and knowledgeable and took the time to talk about the display and some of their history – thank you very much!
Talking of bright colours, here’s a couple of cars sharing a very iconic livery, after the Martini stripes, this is my next favourite – can we get a Gulf F1 team please?
In fact there were quite a few famous liveries, like this pair of Rothmans Porches, from very different motorsports.
As well as these two, hmm, are we seeing a theme as to what the liveries are inspired by?
Here’s a classic, this was allegedly one of a certain Mr McRae’s cars, amazing to be in its presence.
Another iconic rally car and one close to my heart. Because of this car, my trust Focus RS exists. Thank you, Ford.
The F40 and F50, both equally as crazy as each other.
I’m not so great on classic Ferraris, but judging by the plates, a 250 GTO and 275 GTB respectively, very smooth lines on both of these.
Not so much here, very sharp and angular.
Love the boxy lines of the Quattro.
So we’ve established there were some very cool classic cars there, what else you ask? Well, some undoubtedly future classics were on display.
This GT3RS for example.
The ‘slightly’ more attainable Evo Tommi Mäkinen edition, looking absolutely mint.
At the other end of the scale, the absolutely bonkers, so called ‘holy trinity’.
I managed to get up close and personal with another LaFerrari and take in some of the details, absolutely stunning.
Peering menacingly over to the side was an Aston Martin Vulcan. If you’ve seen out videos from Brands Hatch, you know this thing sounded amazing.
This beast is the RUF RtR, a kind of GT3/911 Turbo hybrid. This particular one is the first right hand drive version, I bet it’s a real handful, making of 800 horsepower!
And so that brings our coverage to an end, please make sure to check the links below for the full gallery of photos, there are some crackers in there!
Aside from photos, I did manage to take something else away…
A genuine, used Mercedes F1 wheel, I’m told it’s from the Schumi/Rosberg days, which is just awesome. Now, I just need to figure out where to put it…
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