This weekend sees the return of the UK’s largest automotive retail event as the third annual London Motor Show returns to ExCeL London in the London Docklands.
From the 17-20th May, thousands of car lovers will pack out the exhibition centre for a feast of new car demos, live events, talks and entertainment.
Among other exhibitions this year the event boasts a ‘Built in Britain’ area which showcases the best of British engineering. Some of the most famous British brands will be showing off the vehicles that were not only built in Britain but built Britain’s reputation as an engineering powerhouse.
To get you ready and excited for the event and ensure you catch all the must-see attractions, we’ve put together this little preview for 2018 London Motor Show!
What is it?
The Confused.com London Motor Show is the arguably the biggest and most famous motor show in the UK. Originally called the London Motorfair, the event debuted in 1977 and ran biannually until 1999.
It relaunched in its current form in 2016 with the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent as it’s patron.
Over the years the show has been the place to be for UK car enthusiasts looking to get sneak peaks at brand new models, enjoy a range of real-life driving experiences and take away some motor goodies.
Where is it?
Royal Victoria Dock,
1 Western Gateway,
London E16 1XL
When is it?
Thursday 17 May: 2pm-6pm (trade, press and general admission)
Friday 18 May: 10am-6pm (general admission)
Saturday 19 May: 10am-6pm (general admission)
Sunday 20 May: 10am-5pm (general admission)
How much does it cost?
Tickets are available before and on the day and cost:
Adults (17+) – £18.50
Kids (6-16) – 10.50 (or free with paying adult)
Under 6’s – Free
What exhibits are there?
Built in Britain
The four-day show has something for everyone this year – starting with the ‘Built in Britain’ exhibit, a celebration of all things British in the automotive industry.
Presented by JCB, visitors can see exhibitions from Whitby Morrison, historic ice cream van makers who will launch their brand new, British-built 2018 van, TVR, who will be showing off their newest creation, the Griffith and Triumph Motorcycles who will showcase two stylishly crafted bikes from its modern classic range – the iconic looking Thruxton 1200 R and the brand-new Bonneville Bobber Black.
You can also catch the fastest and most powerful ever created by Lister – the 666bhp Lister supercar, as well as the stylish and unique Speedster E-Type and E-Type Coupe from world-famous E-Type restorers Eagle.
Other notable brands expected to be part of the exhibit include:
- Brooklands Museum
- Land Rover
Mercedes-Benz World Driving Arena
The London Motor Show is not just about standing and admiring cars all parked up, there’s plenty of high-octane shows to catch this year.
In the driving arena presented by Mercedes-Benz World, you’ll be able to catch a range of performances including Paul Swift’s precision driving displays.
Featuring a range of breath-taking manoeuvres including speedy sideways parking, inch-perfect dance routines and two-wheel driving, this a must see over the weekend.
Performances take place daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 3pm.
There are further driving displays in the Arena from Mercedes-Benz World’s Silver Arrows. The team will be showing off their intricate driving and scarily impressive abilities daily on Thursday from 3-4pm, Friday from 1-3pm, Saturday from 10-11am, 1-2pm, 4-5pm and Sunday at 10-11am, 1-2pm and 4-5pm.
For those youngsters visiting the show who want a bit more hands-on excitement, Mercedes-Benz World is offering an Under 17s driving experience. It’s a great chance for young drivers to get behind the wheel for the first time.
The experience is available on Thursday between 4-6pm, Friday between 10am-12pm, Saturday between 11am-12pm, 2-3pm, 5-6pm and Sunday between 11am-12pm and 2-3pm.
It’s first come, first served on the day, so get there early to avoid disappointment.
Live talks and demonstrations
While there are hundreds of world-famous brands showcasing their products and services, one of the most popular talks highlighted by the organisers of the show is from the stars of National Geographic’s Car SOS.
Come and listen to master mechanic Fuzz Townshend and pal Tim Shaw share stories and tips as well as surprising one run-down car owner with a newly restored classic that they’ll work on during the show.
There will also be a live demonstration from Dub Customs. The team will be live wrapping a Mercedes during the show. Times and dates to be confirmed.
What new cars are being launched?
There are tons of new cars on display during the London Motor Show. Big hitters like Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini will be showcasing their latest models and there will be the first look at Jaguar’s first attempt at an electric SUV, the I-Pace.
According to The Car Expert, you can also expect to see the brand-new medium-sized 4X4 Range Rover Velar, the Hyundai i30 N and Kona electric SUV.
Other debuts include:
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio
- Jeep Grand Cherokee and Compass SUV
- Abarth 124 Spider
- Toyota Auris