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New London Motor Show Opens 30 October

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London's new motor show is set to host a line-up of £18 million worth of classic sports cars gathering at Alexandra Palace at the end of the month.

The inaugural Classic and Sports Car - The London Show is to be held on 30 October - 1 November at London's Alexandra Palace. A preview of the show outside the venue included a Jaguar E-Type Roadster, a Ferrari 250GT California Spider, an Aston Martin DB4GT, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, a Porsche 993 Carrera RS and a Pontiac Trans Am 1973, foretelling a truly stellar collection of exhibits when the show opens at the end of the month.

Aston Martin at the London Motor Show

Among the 300 cars due to exhibit at the show is the oldest surviving Aston Martin, an A3 from 1921, fresh from a restoration which took three years to complete. The British luxury sports car firm will be showcasing some unique models from its own historic collection and some of its modern line-up.

Best British car

One of the events at the Classic and Sports Car show will be the announcement of the best British car ever, as chosen by the public. The contenders have been narrowed down to a shortlist of ten, with the Jaguar E-Type predictably the favourite to win. Other nominees include the Bentley Speed Six, the Austin Seven, Ford GT40, Lotus Seven, Jaguar XK SS, the Mini Cooper S, McLaren F1, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and the Range Rover.

The shortlist was decided with the help of a number of VIPs in the classic car world, including Lotus design chief Russell Carr, Gordon Murray of McLaren F1 fame, classic car enthusiast and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, classic car fan and frontman of Dire Straits Mark Knopfler and Simon Taylor, commentator and motor racing writer. Among the classic British sports cars which were considered but didn't make the shortlist were the Ford Escort Mexico, the Aston Martin DB5, the Bristol 405, Jaguar D-Type and the Rover SD1.

What's on

The event has received the support of a number of major manufacturers, classic car dealers and important private collectors, and has been carefully arranged to fit in with a variety of other classic car events in London, including the Regent Street motor show, the London to Brighton run and the Bonhams veteran car auction. Overall this autumn looks to be an exciting time for classic car fans who live in or near the Capital.

Special events at the show include a tribute to British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE, featuring a display of famous British single seater racers used by 'Mr Motor Racing', plus the 'Classic Car Park', where visitors can bring their own classic to show off to other enthusiasts. The Interview Stage will include appearances by Ross Brawn, Ant Anstead and Top gear alum Chris Goffey, among others.

A number of famous motoring faces will be attending including John Surtees, and there will be stands from Bentley, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce, together with a number of classic car specialists including JD Classics, Hexagon Classics, Frank Dale & Stepsons and New Forest Classic Cars.

It's a few years since Britain had a motoring event to rival international shows such as the Geneva, Paris and Frankfurt motor shows. The Classic and Sports Car is more of a specialist affair but the editorial team is hoping it can grow to become one of the must-sees in the automotive calendar.

Children under the age of 16 can visit the show free of charge if accompanied by a paying adult. Adult tickets cost £23 if bought in advance and £27 on the door. The show opens at 10am on Friday 30 October and closes at 5pm on Sunday 1 November.

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