Historic Motorsport International has announced more top names from the world of historic racing taking space at London’s newest exhibition. The latest names to have signed up to HMI (23th -26th February, ExCeL London) including leading restoration and recreation specialists Crosthwaite & Gardiner and engine preparation experts Nicholson McLaren Engines.
As well as recreating no fewer than seven pre-war Silver Arrow racers for Audi – all micron-perfect – Crosthwaite & Gardiner is acknowledged as a leader in the preparation, building and rebuilding of period race engines, gearboxes and other parts.
Nicholson McLaren Engines is a specialist in the preparation of the Ford DFV F1 engine as well as Jaguar V12, Nissan V6 and Porsche flat six racing engines. The company also recently completed a run of ten Matra V12 F1 and endurance racing engines.
They will be joined by other specialist firms including Racelogic; Classic Race Simulators; Porsche specialist Tech 9 Motorsport; Schroth Safety Equipment; Cobra Seats and TTV Racing Components, which manufactures competition clutches.
Classic Race Simulators will be offering guests the unique opportunity of racing a 1960s Grand Prix car around the 1966 Monaco and Monza tracks… in virtual reality, of course. Jim Hill of Classic Race Simulators said: “Our simulators evoke the spirit of the era while spectators can watch the action on two giant screens.”
Mike Broadbent of Racelogic said: “Our stand will show visitors how they can use our video, GPS data, predictive lap timing and user-friendly analysis software to get better lap times and race results. We will also have our driving simulator and Julian Thomas’s Jaguar Classic Challenge-winning lightweight E-type on the stand.”
Although in only its first year, the levels of interest in HMI have exceeded the organiser’s expectations. Stand space has been taken by all the major UK historic motorsport event and championship organisers as well as by leading dealers, preparation experts and teams.
Special displays will celebrate 50-years of both Formula Ford and the all-conquering Ford DFV F1 engine and there’s a thrilling presentation underlining the breadth of historic machinery that will be taking part in the Silverstone Classic festival in July.
Adding to the interest on Thursday and Friday, the Historic Motorsport Conference Programme – hosted in the show’s Supagard Theatre by motorsport broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost and with expert opinions from leading names in the historic motorsport world – will debate a wide variety of topics including Scrutineering and Eligibility, Driving Standards and Safety and the Promotion and Marketing of Historic Motorsport.
The Supagard Theatre will also feature interviews with many of the high profile personalities attending the show – these include racing legend Jacky Ickx who will officially open the inaugural HMI at 12 noon on Thursday, 23rd February.
Historic Motorsport International will run alongside The London Classic Car Show at ExCeL London, on 23rd-26th February, with access to both shows included in the entry price. Historic Motorsport International will open its doors at 12.00pm on Thursday 23rd February, while the London Classic Car Show will burst into life at 3pm that afternoon.