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London Classic Car Show preview: ‘A feast of automotive nostalgia’

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London Classic Car Show preview: ‘A feast of automotive nostalgia’


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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “London Classic Car Show preview: ‘A feast of automotive nostalgia’” was written by Martin Love, for The Observer on Sunday 4th February 2018 06.00 UTC

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London Classic Car Show
Entry £25
Date 15-18 February
Where ExCel London

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In real life, getaway cars are not always as smoking hot as they appear in the movies. In Baby Driver Ansel Elgort may have powered away from yet another smashed bank in a high-octane rally-prepared Subaru WRX STI, but the truth is that those guys robbing the down-at-heel chicken shack in outer suburbia are probably in a knackered 15-year-old Ford Fiesta or maybe a battered Fiat Panda which they’ve borrowed from an older brother.

That hasn’t stopped the organisers of this year’s London Classic Car Show from curating a selection of charismatic cinematic getaway cars. Presiding over the line-up is Philip Glenister, famous for ‘firing up’ his Audi Quattro as DCI Gene Hunt in Ashes to Ashes.

‘A good getaway car,’ says Glenister, ‘really needs to be quick, handle well and have lots of room in the back.’

The four-day motoring extravaganza is a feast of automotive nostalgia. There will be more than 800 classics on display for you to drool over, from fab Ferraris to monster Le Mans racers – and dozens of car-loving celebs for you to spot in the crowds.

If, like me, all the talk of self-driving cars is giving you a case of ‘chronophobia’ – a fear of the future – then the show’s polished chrome and smell of petrol will do wonders for you.

For more information and tickets in advance, go to thelondonclassiccarshow

Email Martin at martin.love@observer.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @MartinLove166

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