Our favourite cars from the London Classic Car Show

Winter is a bad time for car shows.

Most owners of any vehicle even remotely old, valuable or both, scurry their cars off into hibernation over the cold months when roads are covered in salt, and bring them out again once spring returns.

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However, thanks to indoor exhibition centres, shows are able to exist in these bleak months, and we headed down to one of this year's first car events - the London Classic Car Show held at the ExCeL exhibition centre.

It's an impressive venue, with the size of the hall big enough to house a road, allowing for what the event's organisers call the 'Grand Avenue'. For 2018, it celebrated special and limited edition cars including an Eagle E-Type Low Drag GT, a Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe used by Winston Churchill and a Lamborghini LM002 – the Italian marque's first off-roader from the '80s.

The event also celebrated Nigel Mansell as its 'motoring icon' with the Formula 1 world champion driving a 1993 Benetton F1 car through the show on the Sunday – our ear drums are still ringing a week later!

Elsewhere, actor Phillip Glennister put together a 'Getaway Cars' exhibit featuring the most notorious escape cars, including the Audi Quattro and Subaru Impreza P1.

The show also featured many car club stands and dealerships, too. Highlights from these included a Ferrari 288 GTO on the Ferrari Owners' Club stand and an incredibly well-specced Volcano Red McLaren P1 for sale with Howard Wise Cars.

It was also the first ever global public outing for the Lister Thunder – the new 666bhp supercar based on the Jaguar F-Type and capable of a top speed of 208mph.

In total, 38,500 people attended the event over the four days.

Bas Bungish, event director, said: "It has been another fantastic year for the London Classic Car Show. We are determined to keep building on what we've achieved and are already planning an even bigger show in 12 months' time."

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