Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The inaugural London Classic Car Show filled a substantial hall at the ExCel exhibition centre with high-end, iconic motor cars from a broad spread of eras. Competing with the Autosport show at the NEC was always going to be tricky, but the first LCCS more than held its own, and has hopefully paved the way for even bigger and brighter shows in future years. With more of a luxury focus than, for example, November's Classic Motor Show, it offered top-flight fare from such exhibitors as Joe Macari, CMC and Nicholas Mee, while the 'Grand Avenue' that ran the length of the hall offered spectators the chance to see the likes of Miuras, Quattros, Range Rovers and classic F1 cars in action (albeit at a necessarily sedate pace). And the 60th anniversary of the Citroën DS was well represented too - arguably the highlight of the parade!
In addition, James May had set up a 'cars that changed the world' sort of affair that mixed the usual suspects with some offbeat choices, while James Martin's motoring café was stuffed full of Minis. There was an exhibition of Le Mans legends, and a career-spanning celebration of Adrian Newey's designs. Something for everyone there, then.
Keep an eye on SSBB for some more in-depth looks at various cars from the show in the near future. In the meantime, here are some photos. (And there's more here.)