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Supercar contenders at the 2016 Classic & Sports Car Show

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The 2016 Classic & Sports Car Show will feature the results of A Century of Supercars contest

This year's Classic & Sports Car Show is set to mark the end of a competition to find the best supercar ever made. The "A Century of Supercars" contest will reach its climax at Alexandra Palace, where the show runs between October 28 and 30.

The public-voted supercar winner will come from a shortlist of potential champions, including the Bugatti Veyron, the Ferrari F40, the Lamborghini Miura (celebrating its 50th anniversary), the Jaguar XKSS and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900.

The original supercar shortlist featured 33 iconic machines. Around 17,000 people voted in the poll and 11 finalists were chosen.

Each of the finalists will make an appearance at Alexandra Palace at some point during this year’s show. The overall winner will be decided by the public and the greatest supercar ever will be chosen.

A supercar for all eras

Contest organisers have released a list of the top two supercar contenders in a range of different eras. The category featuring cars made in 1914 or earlier includes the Metallurgique Maybach and the Mercedes 1908 GP, whilst the top supercars for 1914 to 1929 are the Bentley 41/2-litre Blower and the Bugatti Type 43.

The 1930s offers the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 and the Bugatti Type 57SC; for the 1940s there’s the Jaguar XK120 and the Ferrari 166 Barchetta; and the 1950s' top two are the Ferrari 250GT SWB and the Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’.

The 1960s group features the Ford GT40 road car and the Lamborghini Miura; the 1970s has the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Lamborghini Countach; the 1980s features two Ferraris, the F40 and the 288 GTO and the 1990s boasts the Jaguar XJ220 and the McLaren F1.

The most recent supercars include the 2000s’ Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Zonda C12 and the 2010s’ LaFerrari and McLaren P1.

New show feature: Goodwood live interviews

The 2016 Classic & Sports Car Show will also feature a new Goodwood live interview area, hosting heroes and stars from the motoring world.

This year’s event will be hosted by motorsport’s Henry Hope-Frost and will include television presenter Chris Routledge, ex-F1 hero Ross Brawn, and Sir John Egan, who was famously given the credit for saving Jaguar.

The first supercar

The Mercedes 60hp is a serious contender for the title of the world’s first ever supercar. It was built in 1903 to 1904 as its makers moved on from the world’s fastest production car of the time, the Mercedes 35hp.

The 60hp had a 9.3-litre engine and could reach speeds approaching 70mph. It amassed a large fan base from around the world, including Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German Emperor of the time.

The Bentley 4 1/2-litre Blower, meanwhile, was fitted with one of its engineer’s own superchargers. The car, boosted by Amherst Villiers’s supercharging power, went on to narrowly miss out to the Bugatti Type 35 in the French Grand Prix of 1930, driven by legendary racing car hero Sir Tim Birkin.

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 is undoubtedly one of its generation’s ultimate sports cars and was originally built to race in different contests across the globe, including the famous Mille Miglia, where it really made its name. The 2900 was the champion every year between 1935 and 1938, until WWII ended its success.

The Jaguar XK120 debuted at the London Motor Show in 1948, becoming an instant hit with the public and going on to break the World Land Speed Record. Norman Dewis got behind the wheel of a modified version in 1953 and hit 173.159mph on the Jabbeke highway in Belgium.

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