Aired: Thursday 14th Apr
As the series comes to a close, we’ve rolled together what we reckon are the best bits of the first series of The Classic Car Show. You’ll find out which of Quentin’s 12 all-time classics are the greatest of the great, have another opportunity to see Alex Riley’s now famous arcade game Chase HQ sequence with that black Porsche 928 plus Jennifer Saunders’ deeply emotional homage to the original Fiat 500.
Chris Routeledge gives us another look at that long lost Amilcar he discovered in a suburban lock up while stunt driver Ben Collins shows why spy writer Ian Flemming was moved to change Bond’s motor from a staid Bentley to an sexy Aston DB2/4. And not forgetting our resident race driver, Bruno Senna, who shows that Ferraris aren’t just for posing by impressively flinging a 308 Michelotto round our Brooklands track.
Jodie goes to the historic Monthlhery circuit and drives the most successful racing car of all time - a 30s Bugatti Type 35C - the only racer that can claim an astonishing 1800 race victories. This is the best of the series and we’ll be back for a second run. In the meantime don’t forget to check into our website for news, features and everything you need to know
Aired: Thursday 7th Apr
The season finale certainly isn’t a winding down – episode 12 is bursting with classics from across Europe, and across the Atlantic. We start with the wonderful Jensen Interceptor, with its American V8, Italian styling and its truly British approach to production. Interceptorphile Quentin tells us its brilliant tale.
Will Best heads to the seaside to answer another important question: do the public prefer the classic Fiat 500 or its modern counterpart? Alex Riley meets Roger Dudding, who has an extreme classic car collection that includes 18 Lagondas, several Rolls’, a lovely Lancia Beta Coupé and a Ferrari 308, and Bruno puts a 70s Porsche 911 racer through its paces round the track.
Finally, Jodie falls in love with the Camaro Z28, Chevy’s worthy retort to the Ford Mustang. Route 66, 4.9 litres of burbling, rasping V8, 290hp, 140 mph – in a car launched in 1965? What’s not to fall in love with? She firmly sides with the Camaro over the Ford Mustang – and on this evidence, you can’t blame her.
Aired: Thursday 10th Mar
This epic instalment of the show has a theme running through it. Quentin starts with a superb feature on the Aston Martin DB5. Not the one bearing the plates BMT 216A though, that’s still missing without trace. Will Best is back, and takes us on a tour of flat-pack helicopters, jet-packs, stylish watches, a few motorbikes, a Citroen 2CV and other classic vehicles related to the show’s theme. And Alex Riley showcases the Triumph Stag, an excellent classic you can still pick up for not very much money… penny.
Bruno takes a 1951 Aston Martin DB3, which was built only for racing around our handling track. We’re also joined by stunt-driver Ben Collins, who compares today’s Aston Martin Vanquish with a DB 2/4. Jodie rounds off the show with a jaunt in the Lotus Esprit S1, a beautiful car that famously modified into “submarine” in one of the world most iconic spy film series... Guessed the theme yet?
Aired: Thursday 25th Feb
Episode 8 begins with Quentin imparting his encyclopedic knowledge on the Mini – the car that got off to a bad start what with Stirling Moss being the first to crash it and the fact that nobody liked it… However, BMC’s answer to the Ford Popular and petrol rationing soon became hugely successful and rolled off production lines for 40 years. Then there’s a spectacular barn find – this time in an actual barn – where Chris finds a long-lost Crayford Capri convertible, minus a few finer details…
Alex Riley returns, this time in pinstripe, to showcase a yuppie’s favourite: the BMW 635 CSI. Decent ones are remarkably cheap today, considering their price tag at birth. Then we revert to the Mini theme, in which Bruno pushes a rather special 1965 Cooper S in pursuit of an E-Type-slayer of a lap, and Jodie joins Monte Carlo rally legend Paddy Hopkirk in another Cooper S for some serious sideways action.
Aired: Thursday 11th Feb
Quentin’s choice this week might have some people spitting their tea/burgundy/real ale out. Yes, it’s the MGB. But stick with it – there are many reasons why this is a very enjoyable and shrewd acquisition that’s currently undervalued. And the history of this car is, as ever with Quentin, an interesting one. The show sends Alex Riley to Le Mans to stalk a childhood hero – armed with his Scalextric set, and Bruno tames a Jaguar E-type lightweight, or as he calls it, a ‘total beast’, around the circuit – a remarkable racer, one of only 12 ever made and worth a million plus. Be careful Bruno….
Then there’s Jodie’s trip through Italy, which sounds glamorous, but actually involves sleep deprivation and very little by way of comfort. She’s not complaining, though. Would you, if you were invited by Jaguar to drive a 1953 XK120 on the famous Mille Miglia?
Aired: Thursday 28th Jan
We begin with another of Quentin’s all-time great cars - the Range Rover – so influential it kicked off the global cult of the SUV. The Rangie, as its affectionately now know, has become a world-wide status symbol and the wheels of choice for everybody from Beverly Hills housewives and minted-up bankers to well-heeled farmers, horsey types and of course the Royals.
Then we ride with Jodie and Quentin – in an ultra-rare Citroen DS convertible – to Monaco - the principality of petrolheads to meet one man realising a lifelong dream of historic racing round Monaco’s legendary road circuit. And it’s a circuit strewn with danger.
Meanwhile, the inimitable Alex Riley turns an 80s amusement arcade game into reality, and chases Ralph the Slasher in a five grand Porsche 928, and Bruno Senna unveils and unleashes a beautiful, highly-tuned 60s V8 Mustang hardtop for another race against the clock. It’s another heady combination of style, speed and automotive brilliance.
Aired: Thursday 14th Jan
If you fancy a hand -built, high-tab 70s four-seat convertible that’s still criminally undervalued, stay tuned and see why Quentin bought a very special classic that even Lady Ga Ga agrees is pure glam-rock. And it’s the model that saved a very famous car company from going under. We also tell you how to drive classics and supercars without having friends at Fort Knox – and which one gets the warm approval of passers by and other drivers. Being waved out of a busy side turning is a breeze in this one.
Plus there’s another budget classic, reviewed by Mastermind-winner and arch old car fancier Alex Riley, plus Chris ‘Barn-find’ Routledge uncovers a 1920s French gem that hasn’t seen daylight for decades. You can watch Jodie put her perfectly manicured toe down on the road-race circuit that kicked off the podium champagne phenomenon. Watch her shout out loud with unalloyed joy.