Top Fives from the stars at Classic & Sports Car – The London Show

jagThe star guests of the Classic & Sports Car – The London Show Interview Stage, in partnership with Smooth Radio, have been revealing their Top Five cars to see at Alexandra Palace.

Peter Stevens – designer of the McLaren F1 and Jaguar XJR-15 Range Rover

“While Jeep in America had first offered a more comfortable family focused version of the famous four wheel drive off-road vehicle, Land Rover took the concept further and, in doing so, started a marketing trend that every manufacturer has had to follow.”

DSC_0910McLaren F1

“Still a delight for me to see because it will always remind me of the great little team of guys who worked together on the car; it was very hard and concentrated work but we had a lot of fun together and produced something that we are all still very proud of.”

Austin Seven

“The first low cost ‘proper car’, it could seat four people, was economical and reliable, looked perfectly proportioned and had a fine little engine and gearbox. It also became a successful racecar and was the basis for my next choice, the Lotus 7”

Lotus Seven

“Minimalist, lightweight, enormous fun, economical, easy to work on and great value for money; the perfect sports car. I remember cycling across to Lotus’ original showrooms in Hornsey to beg a brochure from a young Colin Chapman and then building a balsa wood model so I could have my own ‘7’.”

Bentley Speed Six

“Wonderful two-time Le Mans wining car, less flashy than the ‘Blower’ 4 1/2s, a properly impressive race winning road-car. All the French jokes about fast lorries can’t undermine the fact that is a great machine.” Stirling Moss British single seater celebration “All four of these great race-cars are well worth careful examination. The Cooper was the first modern mid-engined car that set the design pattern for every modern racing car, the Lotus took that concept forward into Formula 1, the Ferguson showed what a four-wheel-drive race car could do while the Vanwall demonstrates how aerodynamic discipline can influence the shape and aesthetics of a Grand Prix car.”

Ant Anstead – TV presenter, Building Cars Live and For The Love of Cars

JD Classics Fiat car transporter (as used in the film Le Mans)

“What a piece of kit. And amazing it is being used to actually transport and display cars. What a backdrop to the work of JD Classics. An inspired purchase!”

Brough barn find

“I am not a bike man but these two bikes were amazing. Plus I went to Bodmin regularly as a child as my grand parents live there! How many times have I walked past that barn?”

Jaguar E-type ’77 RW’

“Unveiling the Best British Car Ever was special. But for it to be the actual car Norman Dewis OBE drove to the Geneva Motor Show – the oldest surviving drop head E-type – and frankly priceless made it all the better.”

McLaren F1

“Surely the greatest British supercar ever? A legend of a vehicle. Groundbreaking in so many ways and has real presence when you see it in the flesh.”

Aston Martin A3

“As a HUGE fan of Aston Martin, it’s fantastic to see this car, the oldest Aston in the world. Set against the current hysteria around James Bond and the new DB10, it shows truly how far the brand has come.”

DSC_0993David Brabham – triple Le Mans 24hrs class victor

Jaguar E-type

“I love the styling so much I had an E-type as my wedding car! It’s great to see the famous ’77 RW’ at the show. What a piece of history.”

Bentley Speed Six

“Being a ‘Bentley Boy’ I always enjoy looking at the heritage of the company.”

Aston Martin A3

“The oldest-surviving Aston Martin in the world. So cool to see this on display for everyone to enjoy.”

Ferguson P99

“First time for me seeing one of these in the flesh. What a great car – we’ll forget for a moment that Moss took a Gold Cup win in this at Oulton Park in 1961 over the Cooper of my Dad!”

Vanwall VW4

“No doubt about it: Vanwall cars were great looking racers.”

Sir John Egan – ex-chairman of Jaguar Cars

Jaguar XKSS

“A roadgoing racing car, effectively a D-type with a windscreen. Without doubt the car I would most like to own.”

Jaguar E-type

“It was a revolution when launched – the car that added most to Jaguar’s image.”

Bentley Speed Six

“Brutal yet beautiful. Looking at this wonderful machine and comparing it to the latest range shows that the current custodians have made a good fist of designing new-style Bentleys.”

Cooper Mk IV

“Wonderful to see the car that Moss took to victory in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix in the flesh. An amazing machine that established the concept that won many Grand Prix.”

Vanwall VW4

“Another famous Moss car and a very good effort to get the UK back into Formula 1.”

Henry Mann – Alan Mann Racing Ford GT40

“The GT40 is a car that our team has been very closely involved with over the years. It’s always great seeing them in the flesh to note the subtle differences between the marks. The car at Alexandra Palace is just beautifully restored.”

DSC_0904Jaguar XKSS

“Such an elegant design and an incredibly rare sight.”

Aston Martin DB5

“The prototypical Bond car. Great to see a Goldfinger-era car here today. Alan Mann Racing prepared the DB5 (and Mustang) used for the chase scene on the Furka Pass in the original Sixties movie.”

DSC_0855Lotus 18

“The Lotus was exceptionally lightweight and was just such as effective racing car.”

Ferguson P99

“With four-wheel drive, the Ferguson P99 was way ahead of its time.”

Stuart Turner – ex-British Rally Championship navigator and author

Mini Cooper S

“Having navigated for Pat Moss when she won the first-ever rally by a Mini (an 850) and moaning all night how slow it was, it was a joy to be involved later with the Mini Coopers on Monte Carlo rallies.”

GT40

“Iconic. Had one on our press fleet when I was in PR at Ford. In the books at I think around £7k at the time!”

Austin 7

“Having read ‘Building and racing my 750’. I went out in the 50s and bought two Chummies…for £5. But got too distracted by rally navigating to ever get to race them. Great to get reacquainted with this car here.”

Lotus Seven

“There was a touch of genius about everything Colin Chapman did. Including this one.”

DSC_0725Jaguar E-Type

“What an icon. And to have the actual car that Norman Dewis OBE drove to Geneva for the motor show on display. Nothing more needs to be said!”

As well as seeing guests on the Interview Stage and their chosen highlights, visitors to Classic & Sports Car – The London Show can feast their eyes on a host of classic bikes as well as a wealth of displays outside the legendary venue of Alexandra Palace.

Classic & Sports Car – The London Show features more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Organised by Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, The London Show includes a celebration of Aston Martin in partnership with EFG International, an exhibition of Sir Stirling Moss’ most iconic single-seater competition cars.

Visit http://www.classicandsportscarshow.com for more information. Tickets for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show are still available on the door.

Source. Classic & Sports Car/Photos. The Editor/John Patterson

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