New classic car TV show announced: The Car Years

Launching in 2019, a new classic car show will be gracing TV screens, sponsored by Footman James – one of the UK’s leading specialist vehicle insurance brokers.  This new classic car programme will be presented by Vicki Butler-Henderson and Alex Riley.   They are both okay, but personally I’d have liked to see someone fresh, a different face/ voice.

A fresh take on the classic car scene, the premise is simple. Every episode of The Car Years will focus on a specific year of motoring. Vicki will choose her favourite car of that year, and Alex will have his, with both presenters then working to convince the expert panel of judges which is best. At the end of each show, one model will be crowned the car of its year.

Presenters Vicki and Alex are both excited by the possibilities the Footman James backed show allows. “I’m thrilled to be part of this beautifully shot series that allows us to tell the stories behind some of the best known and interesting cars ever made,” said Vicki Butler-Henderson.

Co-presenter Alex Riley added, “This show is a rare thing – it’s all about the cars. We’re not telling people how to be a dealer or a restorer and we’re not just larking about, instead we’re championing great cars and telling the fascinating stories behind them.”

The presenters will have to win over the three judges, each of whom double up as expert commentators to tell the stories and backgrounds behind the cars. Famous faces include Chris Routledge, Managing Director of leading auction house Coys, Quentin Willson, presenter and journalist and ex-Top Gear and current The Grand Tour script editor, Richard Porter.

Footman James is an obvious choice to sponsor the show. With 35 years experience in brokering classic vehicle insurance deals for owners, collectors, traders, restorers and competitors, Footman James will sponsor each of the episodes due to air in 2019.

Footman James managing director, David Bond, said, “We are excited to embark on this new adventure with The Car Years and are thrilled to see such respected influencers in the classic vehicle industry jump on board. We can’t wait to see the series hit our screens early next year and we hope everyone is looking forward to it as much as we are.”

Footman James, the trusted name of classic car and motorcycle insurance, is delighted to be partnering up with The Car Years TV show. Ensuring that Footman James stays in the right company, the series has been created by production company Wiser Films. The production is led by Tas Brooker and Jim Wiseman who previously produced Wheeler Dealers and Top Gear respectively.

So, stay tuned for the first episode of The Car Years where you’ll see a 1964 Porsche 911 take on a 1964 Ford Mustang.  Sounds one not to miss.


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3 comments on "New classic car TV show announced: The Car Years"

  • Will Wynn says:

    Not sure. Do a inter web search I’d suggest.

  • ROBERT C. HAYNES says:

    Is the original Triumph 2000 saloon in this series?

  • Ian M. says:

    It’s always good to read about another car show, although I have a feeling this one sounds rather contrived. For example, a Ford Mustang vs Porsche 911 comparison is pretty meaningless today – they’re both well regarded classics and were never competitor’s. Why try to find a winner? I wish they didn’t dumb down these shows thinking that’s what the audience wants. Or perhaps I’m not their target audience?

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