Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights

On Sunday 23rd June the 96 Club marked its 40th anniversary at the Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019. This special celebration brought together over 250 classic and vintage cars, all presented for the public’s enjoyment in the leafy gardens of Belgrave Square.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
Exhibitors start to arrive in Belgrave Square early on Sunday morning

Organised by the 96 Club and the Waterloo Classics Car Club, the Belgravia Classic Car Show is the premier classic car event in London. Once again the caliber of cars on show was simply stunning, with 96 Club members and their friends traveling from far and wide for a weekend of petrolhead banter and the relaxed picnic style atmosphere of the square.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
One big cat leads another in the display area

As cars of all ages, shapes and sizes descended on the embassy quarter of London, the crowds filled the shows five display areas. As with last years event there were displays in the Inner Circle, East Garden, West Garden and the South Garden. This year however another special area was unveiled with the whole outer ring of the square being set aside for display cars. Which effectively doubled the number of cars on show.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
Take to the Road’s Bertone x1/9 on display with some fine motors in the Outer Circle

Moving through the leafy and shaded grounds there were automotive delights stretching as far as the eye could see. Some stand outs in the East Lawn were a super rare and characterful MG M Type Sportsmans Coupe, which sat alongside a lovely Morris 10/6 Tourer and an pretty Austin Seven Tourer.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
Some fine examples of British vintage motors

Another stand out on the East Lawn was 96 Club organiser and Waterloo Classics Club founder Darren Sullivan Vince’s rare and stunning BMW 502 saloon. This car has undergone an extensive restoration over the past six years, having been acquired in a pretty neglected state.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The BMW 502 V8 saloon was the marques first luxury saloon after the war

Further exploring of the grounds revealed this wonderful 1930 Austin 7 White Rabbit Racing Monoposto. This little beauty was created from the burnt out remains of a Boyd Carpenter Special and raced at Le Mans in 1937 and 1939 under the L’Ecuire Lapin Blanc, which essentially means Team White Rabbit. The team mascot was a stuffed turtle shell, a replica of which has been recreated for the car.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The 1930 Austin 7 White Rabbit

This little racer may be compact but it packs a Cozette N0 4 supercharger under the bonnet!

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The replica of the old team mascot
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
It would be hard to spot this little racer flying up behind you on the track!

The cream of the crop was reserved for the Inner Circle, which housed some exceptionally rare and precious piece of motoring history.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy watches over the crowds

On display in the marque was this 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1, owned by Bryan who we have feature in the past here on Take to the Road (we tested two of his vintage electric cars and featured his Stanley Model K Steamer). This 18.6ft long motor is the last remaining 2/4 seater Rolls Royce with this body type.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The fabulous 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
Bryan with his rare vintage Rolls
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
They don’t make steering wheels like this any more
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The 1955 Le Mans winning Jaguar D Type driven by Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The delightful front end of a 1938 Fiat Balilla 508S
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The unique 1940 Mercedes Benz 170VK Shooting Brake



As with any show of this caliber there were prizes for some very lucky car owners. Peter Bolta was awarded Most Original Car for his exceptional 1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo. It was one the nicest examples we have seen for a very long time and it looked very sharp indeed in white.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
Peter Bolta receives his award with special guest Joan Collins and 96 Club founder Michael Scott looking on
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
Peter’s Lotus was in pristine condition
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
A nice prize to add to the cars history
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
Music industry mogul Simon Cowell dropped by to sample the 40th anniversary atmosphere

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
This 1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Gurney Nutting Sportman’s Coupe looked fabulous in two tone green with a yellow coachline
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
A gorgeous 1971 Ac 428 Coupe

Whilst at the show we also bumped into our good friend and Take to the Road feature star Al Walter who brought along one of his Porsche 928s to show off to the crowds.

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
Al with his 1979 Japanese market Porsche 928
Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights
The Land Shark arriving at the Outer Circle

And that brings to a close Take to the Road’s Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights. We can’t wait to see what automotive delights will be on display in 2020!

Belgravia Classic Car Show 2019 Highlights

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  5. alessandro bertoli 12th July 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Niall , really it’s a very nice time to watch your photos about this Event … It’s fantastic!!
    Very important cars, beautiful, and you have fixed with your camera all the details: both our passion, we are lucky to watch all you can show us by your blog …! Thank you!
    We’ll keep in touch soon.
    Best yo you
    Alessandro

    sorry for my little english, I write you becouse ths is one of the best moment of this week! And I want to tell you this.

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