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Featured events of The London Classic Car Show


The London Classic Car Show, which includes a number of exhibitions and events, takes place February 14-17 at the ExCel London convention center in Custom House, East London.

Among the highlights of the show are:

The Icon Award: Ian Callum – The renowned auto designer will be honored with The London Classic Car Show Icon Award and a celebratory exhibition of his work. There will also be a Q&A with McCallum at the show, which he will attend Thursday and Friday.

Aero Engines by Edd China – China is a presenter, engineer and inventor, formerly of the TV series Wheeler Dealers, who has curated an exhibit of exceptional aero-engine machines, including the 27-litre V12 Thomas Special named Babs, also known as the Chitty 4 or the Higham Special, built in 1923 by Count Zborowski. It was bought in 1925 by innovative engineer and successful racing driver John Parry-Thomas, who broke the world land speed record in Babs in 1926 at 171.09 mph.

Motoring Firsts and Mini’s 60th Anniversary – One of the show’s most popular attractions, Grand Avenue presents a procession of rare and remarkable vehicles that will be fired up and paraded on the live indoor runway, featuring models that have pioneered new technologies, founded manufacturing dynasties and ushered in new eras in automotive development. Among the 60-strong fleet of Grand Avenue runners will be a collection of rare and outstanding Minis to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The Italian Job
Surviving cars from epic chase movie The Italian Job will be reunited in a special exhibit to mark the film’s 50th anniversary. The 1969 British heist film, whose stars include Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill, is famed for its incredible chase scenes through Turin, Italy, with the cars being the real stars of the movie.

Citroën Celebrates its Centenary
The 100-year anniversary of French automobile manufacturer Citroën, which has produced more than 300 models during its rich history, will be celebrated. The automaker will showcase a selection of vehicles that have made the boldest marks on the automotive industry since 1919.

Supagard Theatre

The Supagard Theatre provides a program of forums and debates, hosted by Tiff Needell, with experts sharing their advice and insight on a range of topics, with one of the key attractions being the Classic Car Investment Forum.

For more information, visit the event website.

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Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance

The 13th Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance takes place February 24 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida, this year highlighting the 100th anniversary of Bentley as its honored marque. The concours also will honor collector of the year Robert Jepson of Savannah, Georgia.

The concours features 175 exceptional collector cars and motorcycles, plus an assortment of gourmet food, wines, and cocktails from 30 of South Florida’s finest restaurants in the Concours d’Gourmet Pavilions.

Among the celebrity judges scoring the concours cars will be famed car collector and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno.

For more information, visit the event website.

AutoRama World of Wheels at four locations

The AutoRama World of Wheels continues its 2018-19 schedule with four upcoming events.

From February 15-17, the 59th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama takes place at Market Hall in Dallas.

From February 22-14, three shows are scheduled, with the 53rd annual Auto Value World of Wheels at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; the 59th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri; and the 57th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels at Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For more information, visit the events website.

Quail Motorcycle Gathering featured classes

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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering has announced its three featured classes for its 11th anniversary show on May 4 at The Quail Lodge in Carmel, California.

They are 50 Years of the Honda CB750, 100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior, and Off Road Wonders through the 90s.

For more information, visit the event website.

Winter Autofest in Lakeland

Winter Autofest hosts another massive dose of automotive gatherings February 22-24 at the Sun ‘n Fun Campus in Lakeland, Florida.

Hosted by Carlisle Events of Pennsylvania, Winter Autofest features a number of car events, including the inaugural Winter Regional Meet of Corvettes at Lakeland presented by the National Corvette Restorers Society.

Other special events at Autofest include the Imperial Mustang Club of Polk County bringing hundreds of Ford Mustangs for display, plus a P51 Mustang airplane; a free cruise-in for collector cars of all kinds; aeronautical events and displays, including helicopter rides; hundreds of vendors and parts suppliers; and two days of Carlisle Auctions bidding.

As part of the Corvettes at Lakeland extravaganza, a special screening of the 2011 film The Quest will be presented on Friday, February 22, exclusively for event VIPs and Saturday, February 23, at 5:30 p.m. for everyone.

For more information, visit the event website.

More concours and events

The 55th annual Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Show will be held February 15-17 at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a wide-ranging array of shows, including a demolition derby, minibike drags, hooning with cackling and burnouts, a Rockin’ Billy Bash and the Cool Car Corral. Information about the car show, which claims the title of largest in the Midwest, can be found on the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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