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The London Motor Show: What You Need to Know

04 May 2017

The London Motor Show is the biggest car show in the UK and it returns for the second year, running at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park in early May. After a sold-out event last year, in 2017 it is set to be bigger and better than ever. It may not be on the scale of the Geneva or Frankfurt motor shows but it still offers a fantastic day or weekend out, for car lovers and those in the industry alike. Here’s everything you need to know about the London Motor Show, whether you’ve already bought a ticket or are considering getting one soon.  

What is The London Motor Show?

The London Motor Show was preceded by the British International Motor Show, which took place regularly from 1903 to 2008. There was a break from 1938 to 1948 due to the Second World War and it wasn’t an annual event throughout all those years either, with it changing venues and names.

2008 was the last regular British International Motor Show, which saw one of the first concepts of the Citroën C-Cactus (which developed into the C4 Cactus). In 2016, the London Motor Show was introduced as a reincarnated, slightly different version to showcase some of the best vehicles, technology and education in the auto industry.  

When Is It?

The London Motor Show takes place between Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th May. Opening times are 2pm to 6pm on Thursday, 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Tickets cost £17 and can be booked online.   

Which Vehicles Will Be There?

More than 130 brand new vehicles are due to appear at the London Motor Show, with a number of exciting debuts. From the latest supercars and concept vehicles to hatchbacks, family cars and more due to hit the roads in the next year or two, there’s a wide variety of new cars and dealers set to be at the event.

It’s not all about new and shiny creations though; a range of historic vehicles will also be on display. One particular highlight looks set to be the record-breaking 1933 Napier-Railton race car, which has been granted special loan from Brooklands Museum for the car show.

Who Will Be There?

A mixture of talks, Q and As, demos, meet and greets and more will be taking place from industry leaders and famous faces. The President of the London Motor Show, Tiff Needell will be giving a talk, with further ones from the likes of Ben Collins (former Stig and Hollywood stunt driver), Jodie Kidd (racing driver) and Catie Munnings (champion rally driver). On the Thursday evening the Legends of Motorsport dinner takes place too, with HRH Prince Michael of Kent and other big stars present.

Should I Go?

If you’ve got an interest in cars and live in the UK, then yes! It can also be a great family day out, with free entry for under 11s. With fantastic new cars to look at, sit in and learn about, you can find your next family car, whether that’s a New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso or a concept vehicle that’s not yet on sale. Plus ride simulators, celebrities, great food and drink will complete the fun and interesting experience.    

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