ICKX | 75th birthday | Tribute to a race legend
The sixth edition of InterClassics Brussels will centre around Jacky Ickx’s 75th birthday. This true racing legend has built an impressive record of achievements as the six-time winner of the 24-hour Le Mans race, eight-time winner of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, five-time winner of the 1000-kilometre Spa Francorchamps event, winner of the 1983 edition of the Paris-Dakar rally and many more. All of these wins garnered the legendary racer the prestigious World Sports Legend Award in 2017. The most iconic cars from the racing history of Ickx, still one of the greatest Belgian sports heroes of all time, will be on display for three days at the Brussels Expo. In putting together this unusual exhibit comprising around 15 cars, the InterClassics Brussels organisers will be working closely with Porsche Belgium, the IMR Club (Jacky Ickx Club), the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart and several private collectors. The 400 exhibitors at the event will also offer a total of more than 1,000 classic cars and related ‘automobilia’.
65 years of Elva – the birth of McLaren
In addition to the spotlight on the 75th birthday of Jacky Ickx, InterClassics Brussels will also be looking back at the history of the British race car brand, Elva (‘Elle va’ = she goes). Even though it may not be that well-known among the general public, this brand that marked its start in 1955 played an important role in the birth of the car brand that gets every racing fan’s heart beating faster, McLaren. The last Elva to be built was also the first McLaren, the McLaren-Elva MK 1A and 1B. As a tribute to this classic, McLaren will be releasing the 800-hp McLaren-Elva Barchetta this year. In cooperation with the Minister of State, Guy Verhofstadt (Elva aficionado and collector) and McLaren Brussels, the brief yet intriguing history will be presented during the exhibition.