Mansell helps wrap up record-setting London Classic Car Show

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Mansell helps wrap up record-setting London Classic Car Show
Nigel Mansell drive a vintage F1 Ferrari inside the ExCeL in London during that city's Classic Car Show | Brand Events UK photos

Former F1 racing champion Nigel Mansell staged an indoor driving exhibition Sunday on the quarter-mile long Grand Avenue within the fifth annual London Classic Car Show at the ExCeL.

A record crowd of nearly 40,000 people were drawn to see some of the best of the 700 vehicles on display paraded along the Grand Avenue during the course of the show, promoters announced.

Mansell helps wrap up record-setting London Classic Car Show
Mansell on Grand Avenue in former Schumacher Benetton

The similar Los Angeles Classic Car Show is scheduled for March 2-4 at the LA Convention Center, where 1,000 vehicles are expected with featured exhibits of 70 years of Porsche, Citroens from the Mullin Museum, hot rods, lowriders, classic Japanese cars, vintage Jeeps and 4x4s and a Women ’n Wheels panel discussion.

In London, Mansell spun the wheels on the Jaguar E-type-inspired Eagle Speedster when he arrived at the show. Later in the day, he drove a front-engine Dino-powered Ferrari Grand Prix racer from the late 1940s, and then the 1993 Benetton-Ford B193 that was raced by Michael Schumacher.

The show also included a display of Mansell-driven cars, including a 1977 Crossle 32F and his F1-championship Williams-Renault FW14.

Mansell helps wrap up record-setting London Classic Car Show
It wasn’t just racing cars on Grand Avenue — Here’s a center-steer Land Rover parading past the audience

“I’ve got to say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how great this London show is,” Mansell was quoted in a news release. “It’s always wonderful to see some of my old racing cars and to meet the fans – and they have been absolutely brilliant. To drive cars indoors was pretty special, too – I’ve had a lot of fun and I hope those who came to see me, and the show, enjoyed themselves as much as I did.”

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The highlight of the show Saturday was actor Phillip Glenister “firing up” the Audi quattro he drove in the Ashes of Ashes television series. Glenister curated a gallery of famous “getaway cars” for the show.

Morgan used the show to unveil its latest +4 Club Sport a street-legal racer, and Lister debuted its Thunder, a 666-horsepower supercar.

Mansell helps wrap up record-setting London Classic Car Show
Philip Glenister is reunited with his ‘Ashes to Ashes’ Audi quattro

The show’s special feature is its Grand Avenue, where over the course of the four-day event some 60 vehicles were paraded for everyone to see.

The show was held in conjunction with Historic Motorsport International, an adjacent gathering showcasing the UK’s role in vintage auto racing.

The 2019 London Classic Car Show is scheduled for February 14-17.

Mansell helps wrap up record-setting London Classic Car Show
Crowds and cars

 

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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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The Ferrari Dino is NOT "from the late 1940’s" , for for God’d sake! Isn’t this supposed to be a gearhead site? Not a forgivable mistake!

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