New British event celebrates classic vehicles, historic racers

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E-type unveiled as Britain's best car ever
The scene at the Classic & Sports Car show | Classic & Sports Car photos
The scene at the Classic & Sports Car show | Classic & Sports Car photos

The inaugural Classic & Sports Car — The London Show drew more than 15,000 visitors to Alexandra Palace last weekend to see more than 300 classic vehicles on display, including a celebration of Aston Martin and a gath single-seater cars raced by Stirling Moss.

E-type unveiled as Britain's best car ever
E-type unveiled as Britain’s best car ever

Another highlight was the announcement of the winner in the Best British Car Ever poll. That winner was the Jaguar E-type and featured the oldest surviving example, the “77 RW.”

The show, organized by Haymarket Exhibitions and Classic & Sports Car magazine, also offered vehicle sales by British classic car dealers who reported doing more than $1.5 million in business.

The Aston Martin celebration included the oldest surviving example, the A3, as well as the latest DB9 GT, with a 2-litre Speed, DB MkIII, DB5, V8, DB7 and Vanquish in between.

Cars raced by Moss included the Cooper MKIV Formula 3 car in which he dominated the 1950 season, the Rob Walker-liveried Lotus 18 and the Ferguson P99 in which Moss won the 1961 Oulton Park Gold Cup.

The show included an Interview Stage with Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis, racing car designers Ross Brawn and Peter Stevens, and long-time Ford rally director Stuart Turner among those being interviewed.

One of the dealer stands
One of the dealer stands

In the Panorama Room, 50 British motorcycles ranging from 1909 to the present day were on display, including a pair of barn-find Brough Superiors.

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Honoring Stirling Moss
Honoring Stirling Moss
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.