The first guests have now been announced for The London Classic Car Show and Jacky Ickx, hailed by many as the world’s greatest all-round racing driver, will officially open the show and its parallel show, Historic Motorsport International, on Thursday, 23rd February 2017.
Ickx will be sharing his remarkable experiences with visitors on both Thursday and Friday and expressed his pleasure to be opening the show, going on to say that “whether it was winning Le Mans three times with Derek Bell or competing at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, I have always been lucky enough to have had a wonderful relationship with the British racing community and that’s why I’m so thrilled”.
He earned his spurs winning several notable titles on two wheels as a teenager, before going on to build an unrivaled motor racing record including no fewer than six victories and three second place finishes at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
His Le Mans exploits led him to two World Endurance Championship titles, with an outstanding record of 48 victories and 82 podiums which remain unmatched to this day.
The Belgian also won eight Formula 1 Grands Prix and claimed 25 F1 podium finishes but was unable to claim the championship, falling just short by finishing runner-up in both the 1969 and 1970 World Championships,
As if his resume wasn’t impressive enough, his list of honours also goes on to include wins at the 1966 Spa 24 Hours, the 1979 Can-Am Championship, the 1983 Paris-Dakar rally, as well as Australia’s greatest race and the Bathurst 1000 in 1977. His career began in the early 1960s and lasted until 2000 when he took part in his final Paris-Dakar rally.
To celebrate the glittering career of one of the most fascinating racing drivers of the 20th century, there will be a special display of the cars that have defined him over the years.
If you needed any proof of just how good he was, here he is in action at Le Mans in 1977.
A massive 33,000 visitors attended the show last year and this year promises to be even bigger with an estimated 40,000 people expected to attend, tickets are still available to the show and you can also take advantage of the special ticket offer we’ve set up for you.
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