Next week the starter button is pressed for the 2018 London Motor Show. It will see the engine fired up for one of Britain’s biggest events for drivers, car fans of all ages and anyone wanting to watch a live car stunt show that will make their hair stand on end.
The show starts on May 17 2018 and tickets for an adult cost from £18.50. With a wide number of events and some fun themes, there’s plenty to see and do. Browse the highlights of the motor show to find what’s on.
When and where is the 2018 London Motor Show?
The show throws open its doors at ExCel London, a stone’s throw from London City Airport on Thursday May 17. It runs until the end of Sunday May 20. An adult ticket costs £18.50 and children go for free, if with a fee-paying adult and aged under five. Visit the website for more information and to book tickets.
See a live-action stunt show
Want to feel like you’re on the set of The Fast and the Furious? Head for the Live Drive Arena.
If there’s a stunt in a UK car commercial then it’s likely that one man was behind the spectacular showmanship: Paul Swift, pictured in action above. At the London Motor Show, Paul and his team of precision-driving experts will be burning rubber and pulling-on handbrakes in the latest Ford Mustang and Ford Focus RS.
And for more breathtaking action, check out the Mercedes-Benz World Silver Arrows display. This sees high-performance AMG models put through their paces.
For younger visitors, Mercedes-Benz World brings its Under 17 Experience to the show, giving novice drivers a chance to climb behind the wheel.
Bloodhound SSC and the pride of Britain
The Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) is a British attempt to smash the world land speed record and top 1000mph. It’s little surprise the speed machine takes centre stage at the Built In Britain display. This celebrates the best-known brands and achievements of the UK car industry, including Eagle, Lister, Nissan, Noble, Rolls-Royce, TVR and Vauxhall.
Bloodhound has already undergone preliminary 200mph shakedown tests, and is scheduled to perform 500mph warm-up runs in South Africa this October. This is your chance to see it up close and learn what goes into creating a 1000mph car.
Catch Car SOS live
Tim Shaw and Fuzz Thownshend are the petrolheads who secretly make dreams come true for motorists. The dynamic duo take ruined classic cars and restore them to their former glory – without the owner knowing. The double act will be on stage, sharing their experiences with visitors and hosting special guest stars.
The fast and the furious
No motor show would be complete without a devilishly enticing selection of new sports cars. Have your Instagram account at the ready to capture exciting models including the Alpine A110, the single-seat BAC Mono, Bentley’s latest Continental GT, the new Lister Coupe, a new McLaren concept from renowned tuners Liberty Walk and the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. And don’t forget home-grown talent, including the new TVR Griffith (above).
Bigger is better
If you like America’s super-size attitude, head for the BIG Zone at this year’s London Motor Show.
It will be celebrating some of the most in-your-face rides from the US, including what’s claimed to be the fastest American police car and a whopping great truck that’s as high as some houses.
The Motor Show Events stand brings together the biggest and best of US car culture. The Dodge Charger police car is said to be the fastest on the road, while the distinctive chrome-clad Kenworth W900L truck – or rig, as the Yanks like to say – packs a 15.2-litre motor and is one of the most recognisable trucks on American roads.
And drivers looking for a seriously big 4×4 should check out the one-of-a-kind black Hummer H6 custom. The six-wheel, six-seater comes with four TV screens, a 6.0-litre engine and rolls on giant 37” tyres.
Technology of the future
For a glimpse of the future of motoring, take a tour of the Autonomous Vehicle Zone. Run by AutoSens, it features interactive displays and experiences, celebrity-led panel discussions, driverless vehicles and live technology demonstrations to help drivers gain a better understanding of the technologies – and challenges – on the horizon.
Not going? Here’s how follow it
Stay up to date with everything that’s going on at this year’s London Motor Show by browsing DriveTribe, the social media platform for car enthusiasts that is backed by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. DriveTribers will be reporting from the show floor. See the website or, for the best mobile and tablet user experience, download the app for free.