15 - 18 FEB 2018 | EXCEL LONDON
HMI Conference Programme

HMI Conference Programme

The Supagard Theatre will be hosted by motorsport broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost and will feature a programme of interviews and panel sessions over the four days of Historic Motorsport International and The London Classic Car Show.

Thursday and Friday will focus on the world of historic motorsport, where the programme will examine a variety of topics including eligibility, driving standards, technology, promotion and sponsorship. Over the weekend, the emphasis switches to the classic car industry, where you can seek advice, acquire an insight into and better understand the current classic car market from industry professionals.

Henry Hope-Frost is a motoring writer and broadcaster who contributes to the industry’s leading publications and websites, commentates at high-profile race meetings and live events and performs conference-host and master-of-ceremonies duties at media launches and awards, and for VIP hospitality and PR campaigns. 

Historic Motorsport International Conference Programme, Thursday 23rd February

Time Session Speakers
1:00pm Crosslé product reveal* Former F1 driver Martin Donnelly, Caroline and Henry Crosslé, Paul McMorran and Henry Hope-Frost
1:30pm Interview Jacky Ickx, six-time Le Mans winner and 2017 London Classic Car Show Icon
2:00pm Panel Session 1:
Scrutineering & Eligibility

Jürgen Barth (1977 Le Mans winner), John Hopwood (MSA Scrutineer), Bertie Gilbart-Smith (HGPCA), Andy Prill (historic motorsport preparer) and Nigel Medcalf (historic motorsport preparer)

3:00pm Interview Tony Southgate, former F1 and World Sportscar designer and President of TIGOSE
3:30pm Panel Session 2:
Driving Standards and Safety                              
Emanuele Pirro (five-time Le Mans winner), Jackie Oliver (Le Mans winner, F1 driver, F1 team owner, historic motorsport competitor), Duncan Wiltshire (Motor Racing Legends), Barry Cannell (HGPCA) and Desmond Smail (historic motorsport competitor)
4:30pm Panel Session 3:
Opportunities for Organisers & Promoters
Grahame White (HSCC), Carol Spagg (Historic Motor Racing News and U2TC), Fred Gallagher (Endurance Rally Association), John Pearson (Equipe GTS) and David Smitheram (Classic Sports Car Club)

*The Crosslé product reveal takes place on the Crosslé stand, situated adjacent to the Supagard Theatre


Historic Motorsport International Conference Programme, Friday 24th February

Time Session Speakers
11:00am Interview Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell, multiple Le Mans winners and former teammates
12:00pm Panel Session 4:
Landscape of Historic Rallying
Rod Parkin (President, FIA Historic Rally Sub Commission), Fred Gallagher (Endurance Rally Association), Richard Tuthill (Tuthill Porsche), Adrian Kermode (Corkills Motorsport) and William Medcalf (historic motorsport preparation specialists)
1:00pm Interview

Nick Padmore, FIA Historic F1 Champion 2016

1:30pm Interview

Emanuele Pirro (five time Le Mans winner and historic motorsport competitor)

2:30pm Panel Session 5:
Promoting Historic Motorsport
John Pearson (Dunlop Motorsport), Marcus Pye (journalist and racer), Paul Tarsey (Historic Racing News), Richard Meaden (journalist and historic racer) and Richard Grafton (Historic Promotions)
3:30pm Case Study Historic Grand Prix Cars Association sponsorship programme - panelists include Barry Cannell (HGPCA Chairman), Ian Nuthall (INRacing) and Terry Abbot (Supagard)
4:00pm Showcase:
The International Guild of Specialist Engineers
Participants include: Performance Projects, DC Electronics, Atalanta Motors and Emtec


For the Supagard Theatre programme for Saturday and Sunday please click here. 

All sessions are free to attend and will operate on a first come, first served basis. All Supagard Theatre content remains provisional and is subject to change.