Highlights from the Grand Avenue (more details below) included a Jaguar XJ220C, Ferrari Dino 246 F1, Lamborghini LM002, Miura Jota, Stanley H4 Gentleman's Speedy Roadster and the Renault 5 Turbo Maxi.
LCCS also celebrated this year's 'motoring icon', F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell, who attended and even drove a 1993 Benetton F1 car on the Grand Avenue. Indoors, you can imagine, this was not quiet. TV actor Phillip Glenister was also in attendance and had curated the 'Getaway Cars' exhibit featuring iconic and infamous escape cars from history, including the Mini Cooper and Impreza P1.
The show also featured the public unveiling of the Lister Thunder - a 675hp supercar based on the F-Type Jaguar. This car sounded immense, and has the numbers to back it up, with a top speed of 208mph.
Other stands across the show displayed the likes of a Koenigsegg CCXR, Ferrari 288 GTO, an ex-Sultan of Brunei 500SL 6.0 AMG and a BMW 507, some of which we managed to catch leaving the show on Sunday night.
Jaguar Sport supplied four XJ220 chassis to TWR Racing in 1993, which were then race prepared for the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. Three cars raced, with a spare car left over, number 53. Its sister car actually won its class, but was disqualified because of a technicality. Due to the race regulations, these Le Mans cars actually ran slightly less power than the road going version; however, they were still capable of over 200mph on the Mulsanne Straight. Car number 53 was driven on the Grand Avenue during this year's London Classic Car Show as part of the Historic Motorsport International feature.
This front-engined Ferrari Formula One car featured a V6 engine designed in part by Alfredo 'Dino' Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari's son. In 1959 it narrowly lost the title with Englishman Tony Brooks at the wheel. The year after, however, the car claimed the last ever victory for a front-engined F1 car.
What Urus? The LM002 is the original 'Rambo Lambo', hailing from a 1977 US military project by Lamborghini which later lost out to the Hummer. However, Lamborghini continued with its mid-engined V12 LM001 concept and eventually put a front-engined variant into production in 1985. Independent suspension, high ground clearance and a 450bhp 5.2 litre Countach V12 made it the most expensive SUV in the world. Weighing in at a massive 3.1 tonnes, it could manage 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 121mph, with an eye watering 2mpg! Only 301 were ever made, with the final examples featuring a Diablo engine, including the one at the show.
Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace wanted to maximize the potential of the Miura S, so much so that he built his own test car. This became known as the Jota, which was so ahead of its time that Lamborghini could only use a small number of the improvements on the sportier Miura SV when it was released. Unfortunately, the original car was destroyed in a fire; however, five SVs were converted to Jota spec, with the example on show being the closest visually and mechanically to the original.
The H4 was the oldest car on the Grand Avenue at LCCS; in its day though it was the fastest car in the world, capable of a blistering 80mph under steam power. 111 years ago, it cost $1,200. The 27-gallon water tank was heated using jet fuel, and the whole car weighed only 612kg. Only two were made in 1907, and the example at the show normally resides at the Isle of Man Motor Museum.
This Renault 5 mid-engined 2WD rally car started life as a Group 4-spec 210hp racer which finished 3rd at the 1984 Circuit of Ireland rally. However, it was rebuilt to Group B spec and lightened using Kevlar and carbon body panels, allowing it to win the British Tarmac Championship. Later it was upgraded to 280hp and even won the British Alpine Championship. It also looks incredibly cool, doesn't it?
MG Metro 6R4
Mercedes Benz 500SL 6.0 AMG
Lotus Judd Type 101
Land Rover Centre steer
Ford Sierra Cosworth
Ford Mustang Boss 302
Fiat Abarth 595SS
Ferrari 250 TR Evocation
Aston Martin DB4
Alfa Romeo Montreal
Subaru Impreza WRC
Subaru Impreza P1
Porsche 993 GT2
Porsche 365B Carrera Abarth
MG X Power SVR