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Little Classics News: 22 February 2016

Great Britain Takes Gold at London Classic Car Show

Jodie Kidd Six Nations

Great Britain has produced more of the world’s greatest cars than any other nation, according to the London Classic Car Show, which closed its doors after a record-breaking show at ExCeL, London.

One of the show’s main events was the Classic Six Nations Cup in which teams of ten iconic classic cars from the six leading car-producing nations vied for votes from visitors.

Corvette Stingray

And when all the votes had been counted, the UK team – which included such varied machines at the original Mini, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Le Mans Bentley, McLaren F1 supercar, Aston Martin DB5, Land Rover and Graham Hill’s 1968 title winning Lotus 49 Grand Prix car – narrowly beat an Italian team full of Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis.

Evolution of the Supercar display - Miura

American muscle cars helped the USA in to third place ahead of Germany, France and Japan. Prizes to the top three nations were presented by Jodie Kidd on Sunday afternoon.

Aston Martin from the Persuaders TV Series

“The Classic Six Nations Cup really caught the imagination of visitors. The sight and sound of wonderful classic cars – which included supercars, racing cars, rally stars and genuine motoring icons – being driven indoors along the show’s Grand Avenue was unforgettable. And hopefully the result will settle a few arguments… when it comes to the best cars in the world, no-one can touch Great Britain,” said event director Bas Bungish.

Marcos Probe 16

The second London Classic Car Show was twice as large as the inaugural show and welcomed a record 33,000 visitors over its four days (18-21 February). Such was its popularity that the event was trending on Twitter for many hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

McLaren F1 - the Inside Story

Officially opened by F1 World Champion Jenson Button, among the other highlights were visits from motoring royalty including former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen, Sir Stirling Moss, TV pundit Suzi Perry and McLaren designer Gordon Murray.

Ari Vatanen and the Group B rally display

Special displays included an in depth exhibition devoted to the McLaren F1 with no fewer than seven examples on show, together worth more than £50 million. The display was curated by the car’s creator Gordon Murray.

Some of the world’s fastest cars were gathered together in a display which traced the evolution of the supercar, while another focused on the fearsome Group B rally cars, the so-called F1 cars of the forests.



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