British Motor Show first details

Published: 17 December 2007

It may be a long way off on your automotive calendar, but next year’s 2008 British Motor Show looks set to be the biggest yet, with organisers expecting ticket sales to top the 550,000 mark.

Housed at ExCeL London in the Docklands between 23 July – 3 August 2008, the show will feature more than 60 vehicle marques and 600 cars – including the global debut for the new Vauxhall Insignia and a preview of the new four-seater Lotus Project Eagle (mule for next-gen Eagle/Esprit chassis testing above).

Although it’s still some eight months distant, over 80 percent of the stand space has already been sold, and the exhibition will also include the following attractions:

• The Heritage Enclosure and Parade – a driving display providing the sights, sounds and thrills of supercars from the last five decades

• Drift School – a chance for visitors to be driven sideways around a circuit by professional drivers

• The Marine Experience – the British Marine Federation will display a line-up of luxury water craft as well as a programme of on-water entertainment

• The Autoglym Supercar Paddock, a high-octane collection of luxury marques

• The 4×4 Experience, a challenging terrain for testing the best of the off-road pack

• Motor Theatre, a live-action stunt show

Tickets to the Show will be on sale from February, with prices starting at just £8. Visit for further information and show updates.

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By Ben Whitworth

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