Dario Franchitti, a three times winner of the Indy 500 and four times IndyCar champion, is the latest star to join special Gala Evening celebrations on the opening day of the London Classic Car Show (Thursday 23 February) at ExCeL, close by London City Airport. The show, and the parallel Historic Motorsport International, runs until Sunday 26 February.
One of the talking points will be an incredible collection of 20 Ferrari road cars together worth a cool £120m. Among the mouth-watering gems are a 1961 250GTO, alone worth an estimated £35m; a 1984 288 GTO, worth £2.2m; and a glorious 1972 Dino that’s a positive bargain at ‘only’ £350,000.
The show’s other highlights include The Perfect Ten – 60 iconic classic cars split into ten body-type categories – to be driven along The Grand Avenue and showcased in the Open Paddock.
Jacky Ickx will be fêted with a display of five significant cars from his remarkable career – Grand Prix single-seaters and endurance sports cars will rub shoulders with a Paris – Dakar rally car.
On the Saturday and Sunday will be the unique pop-up Beaulieu Autojumble.
Visitors should note that the DLR presently stops only at Prince Regent and for those flying in to the airport it is a short taxi ride or 473 bus (every 15min).