New dates, new attractions and an even bigger main feature… these are just some of the highlights promised at the second London Classic Car Show to be held at London’s ExCeL early in 2016.
After the huge success of the inaugural 2015 event, organiser Brand Events invited feedback from visitors and exhibitors to make sure the next show would be even better. Their suggestions were straightforward: everyone wanted a ‘more friendly’ date, they wanted more classics and they wanted the organisers to make even more of ‘The Grand Avenue’ – the show’s centrepiece.
The Grand Avenue introduced a totally new dimension to motor shows. Running through the centre of the arena, it provided a highway along which some of the most iconic cars ever created were driven, allowing visitors to see and hear their favourites in action. Everything from pioneer veteran cars to Formula 1 Grand Prix racers took to The Grand Avenue, really bringing the show alive.
For 2016, The Grand Avenue will be extended to allow even more on track action, while the show itself is 50% bigger.
Event Director Bas Bungish said: “The feedback from the show was so positive that virtually every exhibitor booked space at the 2016 show even before the first edition had closed its doors.
“We discovered from exhibitors and visitors that everyone loved the show so much that they wanted more for 2016. So we have invited more even more of those involved in the thriving classic car movement to put on bigger and more varied displays.
“There will be more classic car dealers, especially those specialising in mid-market cars which will act as a foil to the exceptional, rare and valuable cars – such as a £1.5m Ferrari – that were sold at the first show.
“It was also suggested that the early January date was too close to Christmas and the New Year, so we have moved the show to 18-21 February. And we know that has proved popular as we have already sold a substantial number of tickets some of which, no doubt, will appear in the stockings of classic car fans this Christmas,” added Bungish.
A standard adult entry ticket will cost £23 (children £17) with family tickets at £65. access to the glittering preview evening will cost £40 each for which tickets will be strictly limited, with premium tickets starting at £50
Already firmly established as the capital city’s premier classic car show, the second edition will also have a number of other features, including a new ‘Classic Corner’, an open forum running virtually continuously throughout the show where a number of guest speakers will talk about classic cars as investments, offer advice about buying at auction and simply enthuse about the pleasure a classic car can bring.
As well as more dealers there will be more trade stands all providing more things for visitors to do, see… and to buy.
The first event was a magnet for motoring celebrities. Among those who appeared at the star studded premier on the opening (Thursday) evening were Grand Prix stars Martin Brundle, David Coulthard, Adrian Newey and Christian Horner who were joined by Geri Halliwell, James Martin and Chris Evans while TV’s James May created his own special display.
Although no names have been confirmed yet, there can be little doubt that the 2016 show will attract more big names. At the same time, Brand Events is busy creating other innovative features that will ensure that, once again, visitors will be offered a show that sets the standard.
“Our aim with the London Classic Car Show was to create a show that really raised the bar. We did that… motor shows will never be the same again,” said Bungish. “Now we are going to raise that bar to even greater heights!”
More information and ticket bookings can be accessed via the show website www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.