30 October 2016

Day One Highlights

All the highlights from day one of the 2016 Alexandra Palace event

The first day of the Alexandra Palace event was a huge success, with thousands of visitors treated to stunning displays, exciting live stage interviews and all things historic motoring.

Norman Dewis OBE opened the show to an eagerly awaited crowd in front of the iconic Jaguar XJ13. The legendary Le Mans car is being honoured throughout the show to celebrate its 50th anniversary. He then treated crowds to iconic stories from his illustrious career on the Live Stage presented by Goodwood Road & Racing, which captivated audiences. To round off his day at the show he also signed copies of his new book.

John Surtees CBE, the only ever World Champion on two and four wheels revealed the McLaren F1 as our winner of the ‘Century of Supercars’ poll. John Surtees CBE, brought a packed crowd to the Live Stage talking all things motor racing on two and four wheels. He also spoke about a cause very close to his heart, the Henry Surtees Foundation.  

Chairman of Hexagon Classics and ex Formula One team owner Paul Michaels, and Jaguar author Philip Porter were also part of the Live Stage presented by Goodwood Road & Racing sharing stories with Henry Hope-Frost who compèred throughout the day.

We were fortunate to have a surprise appearance by ex Marussia F1 driver and current Indy Car driver Max Chilton who gave an insight into life in the states and what it was like to reach the pinnacle of motorsport and drive for a Formula One team.

The show’s main display featuring the Century of Supercars poll cars including the overall winner, the McLaren P1, plus the restoration of the Jaguar XK120 by CMC and Total Oils got well underway in our opening day.

BMW Car Club celebrated the 100th anniversary of the marque and strut their stuff in our classic car parades that were dazzling visitors around the closing roads leading up to Alexandra Palace.