Now in its fifth year, the London Classic Car Show has firmly established itself on the international classic motoring calendar, attracting over 37,000 classic car owners, collectors and enthusiasts to ExCeL London each year. The show brings together collectors, dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and car clubs under one roof, with a vast collection of vehicles – from eccentric 1920s aero-engined machines to the iconic Mini – and special features to suit all discerning tastes. One of the show’s most popular features is the Grand Avenue, an indoor driving runway where iconic cars are fired up and shown in action. For 2019, the Grand Avenue celebrates ‘Firsts’, showcasing vehicles that have pioneered new technologies, market niches or styles, whether that was for road or track. There will also be classics that made a designer’s name, pioneered a new material or founded manufacturing dynasties. Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum will be honoured with the show’s Icon Award and a celebratory exhibition of his work. Acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, Callum’s most notable and career-defining cars will be on show, including the Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar I-PACE, F-TYPE and XK and the Ford RS200 rally car. Presenter, engineer and inventor Edd China is curating an exhibit of exceptional aero engine machines. Known for his own eccentric engineering inventions and presenting TV show Wheeler Dealers, China is passionate about powerful aero-engined machines and was inspired by their outrageous engineering as a child. The display will include the 1923 27-litre V12 Thomas Special, ‘Babs’, which broke the world land speed record in 1926 at 171.09mph, and the 27-litre Hispano Suiza V12, known as ‘Sid’ for its characterful hissing after a fast run. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Italian Job and the show will feature a line-up of cars that celebrate the iconic film, including the Lamborghini Miura, Aston Martin DB4 Volante, Jaguar E-Type, Harrington Legionnaire and of course the unforgettable iconic red, white and blue Mini Coopers. Quentin Willson and Classic Cars magazine pick the smartest classic cars to buy in 2019 in the Smart Buys feature, while Wilson will also give talks in the Supagard Theatre. Returning for 2019 by popular demand, previous editions of the Supagard Theatre have seen famous faces such as Nigel Mansell, Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Sir Stirling Moss and Jonny Smith taking to the stage to discuss a wide variety of topics and give advice on making the best classic investments. Alongside, the country’s leading classic car dealers will showcase rare gems, while a host of clubs will bring along their most cared for classics in the Car Club Square, so there’s plenty of opportunity to chat with experts and like-minded owners and enthusiasts. Advance ticket prices for the London Classic Car Show start from £25 per adult, £20 per child (6-15) and £75 per family (two adults, two children). Entry for children under the age of six years is free. VIP package upgrades are also available, starting at £55 per adult, which include fast track entry, hospitality, show guide and Grandstand access for one Grand Avenue show.