Next it’s time for the British International Motor Show

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarFriday, July 11th, 2008

 
 

Just in case you haven’t had enough car-related fun recently, what with the British Grand Prix and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it’s nearly time for the British International Motor Show as well.

Held this year at the ExCel centre in London’s Docklands, it runs from July 23 to August 3, and the organisers promise more than 600 cars, 60 car marques, plenty of global premieres plus a ton of interactive features.

The premieres will include the unveiling of the new Vauxhall Insignia, Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, Seat Ibiza SportCoupe, Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed, Nissan Qashqai+2, Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography, Aspid by IFR Automotive and Toyota Aygo Crazy among others.

At the Ultimate Collection Public Gallery you can see a collection of supercars including a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, a 599 GTB Fiorano and a 430 Scuderia (just featured on the first edition of the latest series of Top Gear).

If Ferrari’s not your thing, try a Maserati Gran Turismo or Quattroporte, a Mercedes McLaren SLR or a Aston Martin DB9 Volante – and that’s just some of the dream vehicles on display.

Classics also get a look-in, with the prospect of both static displays and demonstration laps. Marques featuring in this section include Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Jaguar, TVR and Lotus.

There’s a stack of other stuff going on including taster test drives, (warning: you have to be “serious about buying” while at the show – if so you get to have a go on a special test track,) a Mazda driving challenge, a music festival, Honda’s Dreamscape action show, a mini boat show so you can choose a luxury yacht to sail to Monaco and a Great British Drives feature.

To learn about it all, and find out about ticketing and venue information , you need to visit the organisers’ website here: http://www.britishmotorshow.co.uk/

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