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– Second episode of all-new 13 x one-hour series, The Classic Car Show, airs tonight on Channel 5 at 7pm
– Ahead of the latest episode, presenters Quentin Willson and Jodie Kidd have given interviews which are free for all media to publish

With staggering viewing figures* and a huge amount of social media buzz surrounding last week’s premiere of The Classic Car Show, the second episode of the 13 x one-hour series airs tonight on Channel 5 at 7pm.

On this evening’s show, viewers can look forward to Quentin Willson celebrating a true glam rock Seventies icon, the Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible, while Jodie Kidd goes on a petrolhead pilgrimage to Reims.

Meanwhile Alex Riley takes an in-depth look at the surprisingly affordable Jaguar XJS, Will Best explores classic car hire clubs and Chris Routledge makes another incredible barnfind discovery in the shape of a time-warp Amilcar – a 1920s bespoke French racer.

Ahead of this evening’s episode, Quentin Willson and Jodie Kidd have given interviews which are free for all media to publish.

QUENTIN WILLSON, PRESENTER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW:

What was the idea behind The Classic Car Show?
Just over a year ago, we had this vision of how we would film a series that finally celebrated classic cars like no other – and the result is something that’s fun for the whole family, beautifully shot and informative. It’s the result of everyone who works on the show being a car enthusiast – the whole process has been wonderfully creative. Of course, Jodie and I get to do the dream drives in the high-end classics, heading out to glamorous locations like Los Angeles and Monaco, but we also celebrate affordable classics too. We cover it all – and treat the cars with the passion and respect that they deserve.

Tell us about some of the cars that appear in the series.
Our first job was to pick them – no easy task! We came up with an enormous list, put all the makes and models onto a huge white board and then whittled them down. It was a long process and something of a battle but great fun to do! We knew we had to have the icons – the Jaguar E-type, Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, the Ford Mustang, the Mini – but we also wanted to celebrate lesser known classics such as the Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible, Jensen Interceptor and Triumph TR7.  We’ve done 13 x one-hour programmes but we’ve barely even scratched the surface. Our list of cars just gets longer and longer and we could be churning out programmes for years. The viewer reaction so far has been fantastic, Channel 5 is delighted and we’re limbering up for a second series.

Tell us about some of the dream drives.
There were so many highlights, it’s difficult to pick one. But cruising down Sunset Boulevard in LA in a 1955 Ford Thunderbird was a dream, as was heading up into the Hollywood hills in a Ferrari Testarossa – and of course chauffeuring Jodie around Monaco in a Citroen DS Décapotable.

What’s it like to work with Jodie?
We’ve known each other for a long time, but this is the first time we’ve worked together. And we really hit it off. She loves old cars and she’s a great driver – seriously great. She’s just so confident and balletic at the wheel.

How did your love of cars begin?
I knew very early on I loved cars. I started buying cars for my family. I got my Dad out of a Cortina and into a Jaguar – got my mother into things like a Sunbeam Tiger and Jag XK150. Very unsuitable! And that’s kind of how it started. I dealt in cars while at university – while all the other blokes were driving Escorts, I was in Jensen Interceptors and Maserati Ghiblis! And I’d make profit on them.

What was your first car?
My first car was an old Mini that I bought for £50 and did up. Through some trading, I bought a Daimler SP250 Dart when I was 18. And I still have it.

What’s in your garage?
Three Daimler Darts, a Ford Mustang Convertible, a 1959 Mini, a Bentley convertible and a Rolls-Royce Corniche. My every day car is a Range Rover, which is a fantastic car – it’s safe, versatile and, of course, British. It has all the room we need for the kids and dogs. I also have a Citroen C-Zero electric car. The total silence and the tiny running costs are just sensational.

Why do you love classic cars so much?
You stand out – and because people think you’re slightly nuts to drive one, they wave and let you out of junctions. It’s a love thing. I adore the way they link you to the past too. Whether you get into Keith Richards’ Ferrari 246 Dino or an old Cortina, there’s that smell, the way the controls feel and if it’s a 70s car – all that brown! They define the era they’re from and remind us how simple things were back then. I think old cars are the most absorbing hobby ever.

What’s your dream car?
A 1964 AC Cobra. Or a Ferrari Superfast. Or a Bentley Continental Flying Spur…the list goes on and on. And changes every day. Don’t ask!

What would be your pick for a future classic?
There are many. The Ferrari 456 is undoubtedly undervalued – while at the other end of the market, so are Alfasuds, MGB GTs, early Impreza Turbos, Cosworth Merc 190s, Mini Clubman, BMW 323i and the Jaguar XJS. That’s the great thing about classic car buying. You don’t have to be a millionaire – with a little bit of know-how you can spot the car that will be worth a lot more in years to come. But more importantly, you can enjoy it now and watch it go up in value. Do it right and you can have classic motoring for free…

JODIE KIDD – PRESENTER, THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW:

So, you’ve enjoyed making The Classic Car Show, Jodie?
It has just been the most incredible summer: all the cars we’ve driven; all the places we’ve been; all the people we’ve met. We drive cars that are 70 years old and more, and they are still as exhilarating today.  All the cars we feature have character and soul in spades – and there aren’t many modern cars you can say all that about. It’s a very entertaining show, and informative too. We bring glamour to the genre, not just with the boys – David Gandy, Tinie Tempah – but us girls get a good look in as well, with Britt Ekland, Jennifer Saunders and others contributing to the show.

What’s it like to work with Quentin Willson?
Watch the show and you will find out! There’s plenty of banter between us. We certainly have very different driving styles. He prefers a more relaxed approach whereas I like to put the cars through their paces. They are designed to be driven, even if they are twice my age (like Quentin!). Seriously though, his knowledge of the cars and the classic car market is endless, it has been my dream job.

What were the highlights of making the show for you?
The Bond Special, which features in episode 10, was really quite special.  I love the Lotus Esprit. Driving a Bugatti Type 35C on the steeply banked Montlhéry circuit in France was both scary and seriously exhilarating – I honestly thought I was going to die. Driving in the U.S was great fun too – Quentin and I spent a lot of time in a car together looking at Camaros and Mustangs, comparing their histories, and I was lucky enough to drive across a dry lake bed in the Camaro at full throttle – the ultimate iconic American muscle car experience!

And if you had to choose one?
The highlight has to be the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder.  It is the car that got me in to cars, some 15 years ago when I saw one at a friend’s house being restored. I remember seeing it and gasping “What is that?”. I’ve never forgotten that car, and have been lusting to get behind the wheel ever since.  So of course, when I got involved with The Classic Car Show, one of my first questions was “Can we get a Ferrari 250 California?”  And we did, and my dreams came true.

Did driving such valuable cars make you nervous?
Not really, because once you’re inside the car – and I’m talking specifically about the Ferrari here – you feel the sumptuousness and timeless style of the interior, the smell, the sound and rumble when you start the engine, more gas, a little choke, it is an incredible machine and it comes to life – it is so characterful. Every thing and every thought just goes away.  It is just you and the car, getting to know one another, it’s a special relationship, and it’s glorious.

What cars do you have at home?
I have a Jaguar F-TYPE, a VW Touareg, and an old Land Rover Defender.

What was your first car?
Rover sponsored London Fashion Week in the 1990s, and they gave me a Rover 75. That was my first car.  And would be my ordinary classic car of choice today!

Are you going to buy a classic car?
Quentin has made it his mission to find me the perfect classic, and has been putting cars my way since last summer. I think I have come full circle now though and am on the look-out for a Mercedes SL Pagoda – which is what I fell for right at the beginning of filming the show – it’s the car I drive in the credits for the show.

What would be your top tip for a good classic buy today?
Check out the BMW 850i – that nose! – its a great-looking car.  And a very good buy right now.

See The Classic Car Show trailers on http://www.classiccarshow.com
OR on YouTube.
NEW opening titles & trailer -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzUMhugkfW8
Original trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlLqVlcm2ng

To be kept up to date on the series follow The Classic Car Show on:
@ClassicCar_TV      @ClassicCarShowTV     Classic Car Show TV
#ClassicCarShow   http://www.classiccarshow.com

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by – Infinity Creative Media / Wise Old Fox
Series Producer & Director – Jim Wiseman
Producer – Stephanie Fox

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*The first episode of The Classic Car Show premiered on Thursday, Feb 5th on Channel 5 at 7pm with 662,000 viewers and a 3.2 per cent share, peaking at 886k viewers.  This performance put it ahead of both the weekday 7pm slot average for 2014 and Thursday night slot average (475k/2.4 per cent and 487k 2.5 per cent share respectively). The show was also an instant hit on social media with over 511,000 organic impressions on Twitter and a 94 per cent positive response to the show.

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