Britain doesn’t have its own international motor show so the London Motor Show will be trying to fill that gap when it opens in south London’s Battersea Park on May 6.
Unlike traditional motor shows which are simply glorified car parks that rely on the quality of exhibits from car makers to draw the crowds, British Motor Shows have been a bit different in recent years. This one follows the UK’s trend for shaking things up. Rather than simply having cars to ogle over, this show is promising a more interactive experience.
When: Opens Friday May 6, 10am-6pm. Runs until Sunday May 8, 5pm.
Where: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW8 4NW
London Motor Show preview: what will be there?
Unlike other international motor shows, the London show isn’t about manufacturers showing off outrageous concept cars that point the direction for their future designs. This show is a much more realistic affair with exhibits being made up largely of cars that you can actually buy. Although the mass market car makers won’t be there, dealers haven’t been slow to realise that there is fantastic interest in their products and a captive audience. Organisers claim there will be 130 cars on show courtesy of the many major manufacturers who will be represented by large dealership groups. Notable absences are Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot Citroen and Toyota.
Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Mazda, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Tesla, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Volvo
Aston Martin, Bentley, Caterham, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren, Morgan, Noble, Rolls-Royce, TVR
London Motor Show preview: Cars and stars
There’s a lecture theatre where motoring celebs will be speaking. Among those on hand will be racing legend Sir Stirling Moss along with 1992 Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell, London Motor Show president Tiff Needell and the former Stig from BBC Top Gear, racing driver Ben Collins. There will also be some incredible cars on display, including the 1920 Bluebird land speed record car, a 350hp Sunbeam. Bringing the theme bang up to date, there’ll also be a full-size replica of Bloodhound, the car that’s been designed to break the 1000mph on land barrier within the next couple of years.
London Motor Show preview: Entertainment
The London Motor Show is pitching itself as a family friendly event. There will be extensive use of gaming consoles to ensure kids small and big alike stay entertained. There’s also a giant remote control race track and quizzes. And there are road safety demonstrations showing exactly what the technology fitted to many current cars is capable of.
London Motor Show preview: How much
Tickets cost £15 per person with kids under 11 free. Organisers suggest it will take a family of four with kids one hour and 40 minutes to go round the show. However, because the site has a limited capacity, potential show goers are advised to buy their tickets in advance to ensure that they’re not disappointed. You can get tickets from the London Motor Show.