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– Peugeot Sport celebrates 35-years of success as part of the brand that won the first ever race
– Bruno Famin is Director of Peugeot Sport and his team were victorious* on this year’s Dakar
– Peugeot Sport now develops road cars drawing on its race expertise and many successes

This year’s London Classic Car Show that opens on Thursday 18th February is now set to welcome Bruno Famin, Director of Peugeot Sport who recently returned from South America, where the team accomplished a victorious* performance at the most demanding race of them all – the Dakar.

Peugeot Sport was formed in 1981 and in its 35-years has won notable successes in a wide and diverse range of Motor Sport disciplines – more than has been achieved by any other manufacturer.

The London Classic Car Show is being held next week at the ExCeL International Exhibition Centre, and sees Peugeot celebrate its considerable classic sporting history with key anniversaries, future and period classics cars, heroes of the moment and images of its considerable motor sport success.

Officially opening the London Classic Car Show is Ari Vatanen, who successfully took Peugeot to so many victories in the World Rally Championship, the Dakar and Pikes Peak.

Key PEUGEOT Motor Sport anniversaries in 2016 include:
– 100 year anniversary of its second victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the hands of Dario Resta – the first British driver to win there (1916 with wins in 1913 and 1919)
– 50 years since the 504 won the East African Safari rally for the 2nd time (wins; 1963/1966/1967)
– 35th anniversary of Peugeot Sport formation (1981)
– 30-years since it took its second World Rally Championships for the 205 T16 (1985 & 1986)
– 28-years since Ari Vatanen won the Pikes Peak hill climb in such convincing style

Being shown on screens on the Peugeot stand are films of the company’s considerable success covering the earliest and most historic races, with classic and recent victories by Peugeot Sport.

Displayed on the Peugeot stand alongside the Grand Avenue are two of the brands latest products developed by the company’s competitions department; the 208hp 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport in Ice Silver (production-durable textured paintwork) and the even more powerful 270 THP 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport with distinctive ‘Coupe Franche’ red/black paintwork. Alongside it is 1 of 200 models of the 205 T16 – the road-going version of the very-successful Group B winning rally car. The fourth classic car is a 405 T16 Grand Raid car which Ari Vatanen took to seven of its eight victories.

The organisers of the London Classic Car Show are celebrating the appeal of the Group B rally cars and are showing films of the cars of that era, especially including the all-conquering 205 T16. Also being screened is ‘Climbdance’ – the Cannes award-winning film of Ari Vatanen’s success driving the Peugeot 405 T16 Grand Raid car, both of which are in attendance at the LCCS. Ari Vatanen is formally opening the London Classic Car Show and the 405 T16 is being displayed in the dynamic 50-car cavalcade. Ari won the Pikes Peak hill climb in 1988 with a then record-winning time of 10:47:77. The 405 was unique at the time because of its four-wheel steering – a feature never before used on a rally or hillclimb car.

The London Classic Car Show takes place from 3pm on Thursday 18th – 21st February 2016 at the ExCeL arena; http://www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk/

*Subject to appeal

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