Persuaders' Aston DBS leads exotic showcase at Belgravia event

After a successful debut last year, the classic motoring garden party returns to Belgrave Square today! Here’s a sneak peak of what to look forward to

Roaring back into life after a well-received inaugural event in 2017, the Belgravia Classic Car Show returns to the leafy enclave of Belgrave Square today – and, boy, have we got the weather for it.

The motoring equivalent to the finest of British summer pass times – the garden party – Belgrave's second annual event has been organized by the 96 Club and Chestertons Estate Agents in partnership with Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and the Belgrave Square Garden Committee. And we are promised a host of eclectic vehicles!

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The culmination of the Grosvenor Estates’ week-long annual ‘jamboree’, when the gardens of Belgrave Square are opened up to the public, more than 150 classics spanning eight decades are set for display across the four lawns of the gardens. Representing a host of marques from the exotic – Ferrari, Lamborghini and Rolls Royce -  to family favourites including Ford, MG and Morris, the event has something for everyone.

The central lawn or ‘Inner Circle’ will showcase the crème de la crème of the show, including:

  • ‘Time warp’Lotus Turbo Esprit 1984 – only driven 2000 miles from new
  • Jaguar XJR 15 1991, one of only 53 supercars produced
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental+ 20/25 built by Gurney Nutting for the Prince of Wales in 1932/3 
  • ‘Steady Special’ Lancia Astura 1934, displayed after a six-year ground up restoration
  • ‘The Persuaders’ Aston Martin DBS 1970, original star of the cult TV series

A selection of other special cars will be judged alongside the above list for the ‘Best in Show’ trophy, sponsored by Sotheby’s, which will be presented by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Lindsey Hall, at 2pm this afternoon. 

The presented vehicles will be complemented by pop-up bars serving refreshments from coffee and tea to artisan gins, barbecue lunches to home-made ice cream, with cigars and live jazz adding to the party atmosphere.

Michael Scott, founder of the 96 Club, said: ‘Following our successful debut at Belgrave Square in 2017, we are greatly looking forward to this year’s show and welcoming even more stunning vehicles and classic car enthusiasts to this relaxed and enjoyable motoring garden party.’

Tickets are £15 on entry, with gates open from 8am – get more information here.

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