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Review : The London Motor Show 2016 at Battersea Evolution – 6th to 8th May 2016

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The London Motor Show 2016 has arrived at Battersea Evolution and will be open to the public from the 6th- 8th May, the show presents more than 40 car brands with over 130 models for visitors to view. The show features a wide range of cars with prices ranging from £8,000 to in excess of £200,000 and has attracted dealerships representing manufacturers such as Volvo, Vauxhall, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin, visitors will also have access to a selection of innovative cars such as the Riversimple, RASA, the VUHL 05 Lightweight Supercar, the MG GS and much more.

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In many ways it is surprising that London has not had a dedicated motor show since 2008 considering the capital’s illustrious history of holding motor shows goes back to 1896 when the UK’s first ever motor show was held in South Kensington.

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The 2016 version is held in the attractive setting of Battersea Park and arriving at the entrance, a full size model of The Bloodhound is the first vehicle to vie for your attention. The Bloodhound is part of a project that uses a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Once you enter the hall, it is a car wonderland with a wide range of vehicles to not only inspect but in some cases it is possible to test drive and purchase. The new car market is booming in the UK with a record 2.63 million vehicles registered in 2015 and a number of the models are being launched at the show and will be seen for the first time in the UK.

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Away from the new models is one of the most iconic historic cars at the show, The Bluebird is a 1920 350hp Sunbeam which become the first car to reach 150mph. After undergoing 2,000 hours of restoration, Bluebird has been restored to its former glory at the National Motor Museum’s workshop at Beaulieu.

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Other than the cars, there will be plenty to entertain visitors, the lecture theatre will play host to a line-up of speakers including Sir Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell, Ben Collins, Nigel Mansell and Afzal Kahn.

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Car safety is the focus of the ‘ Stop the Crash ‘ demonstration which is a global road safety initiative that uses Automated Emergency Braking (AEB).

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There will also be a Top Gear simulator and a chance to play the Project CARS racing game using a VR (Virtual Reality) headset.

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The London Motor Show has plenty of food and drink options including Big Al’s Roadside Cafe, with airsteam trailers providing delicious cooked food, the Smart Restaurant on the mezzanine level will provide a more formal setting with high-class catering from top chefs.

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If you are interested in cars, the The London Motor Show 2016 provides the opportunity to view some of the latest models and enjoy a day in pleasant surroundings, there is plenty of interest throughout the show to keep car fans of all ages entertained.

Opening times:

Friday 6th May: 10.00am – 6.00pm

Saturday 7th May: 10.00am – 6.00pm

Sunday 8th May: 10.00am- 5.00pm.

The general early bird admission ticket is £15 from 6th-8th May and children under 10 go free. On the door ticket price is £20.

Visiting London Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the London Motor Show website here

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