The British Motor Show is now approaching its last weekend and I was able to pop down last Sunday to do some schmoozing with Sat Nav Manufacturers like Garmin and TomTom as well as being able to admire some of the most beautiful cars in the world.
If you’re unsure about going then I would definitely recommend that you pop down as there is plenty of metal to get you excited and if you’re a fan of Honda’s ASIMO then you’ll even have the opportunity to see him in the Dreamscape; Honda’s live action show. You’ll get to see the latest version which can now run with both legs off the ground, climb stairs, and shake your hand.
Just before I talk about the cars here’s a little bit about the techie areas. Garmin had a massive presence with a huge exhibition stall showing off the ‘Great British Drives’, however if you find their main stall you’ll get to see them sporting many of their most popular GPS devices and wait for it…a NUVI PHONE (shame it wasn’t the real thing though)! TomTom also have a stand there too and after 2+ years of begging and 1 day of ‘schmoozing’ I managed to get myself a TomTom One XL Traffic to review. Also not forgetting to thank the generous guys at Garmin as well who really showed me around and have sent across a Garmin forerunner for Tanya to review and a Nuvi 860 for me to review. Keep watching this space for these….
Okay so lets skip the nuts and get into the bolts and find out what cars were there and what are my highlights?
This is pretty much a Gadgeteers dream, I’m not sure why you’d need a home if you had this. Its covered in Gadgets – lads, I’m coming round for a gaming session on the PS3.
My family are huge Honda fans (at the moment we have 3 Honda’s in the household which kinda gives it away) but when you see what they had on offer they just keep getting stronger. The highlight of their display was the Honda OSM (Open Study Model) which as you can see below is good looking, light and very green.
Furai is Japanese for ‘Sound and Wind’, not only meets the aesthetic requirements it’s actually designed for production and is a pure racing machine.
Alpha Romeo 8C Spider
I hear there are only 50 of these destined for the UK and as you can imagine there all sold out.
Lotus have put a lot into this car and you can tell by looking at it but I didn’t get close enough to make up my mind.
Lexus LF-A Concept
Still officially a concept the LF-A is well on the way to becoming a production car. Lexus are now looking to take on Porche, Lamborghini and Ferrari with this beast.
Ford Focus RS
This dominated the shows biggest stand as it is one of the years most keenly anticipated cars. I might not be the biggest fan of Ford, I like the Focus RS after test driving the older model.
This is one of my favourites cars, many motor journalists have compared this car to the Bugatti Veyron and at £53k and top speeds of 190MPH (yes, faster than a McLaren SLR and many others) you can imaging there’s a wating list a few years long. Read Jeremy Clarkson’s review
Ferrari F430 Scuderia
As a young boy this car was plastered all over my walls and now for the first time I’ve got to see one, at one point this was the most attractive and fastest car in the world and for quite a while that was too.
Well, I’m lost for words…..(just admire) and its electric.. It not an Aston if thats what your thinking but I can see how you’d think it was.
Mclaren Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster
The contract has now come to an end for McLaren and Mercedes so this is probably the last one. This car definitely had its time but was cut short with the Veyron taking away a lot of its lime light.
Zonda S Pagani
This car will not only turn heads, it breaks necks. There were a few Spykers at the show all of which had me mesmerized.
The Ultimate car collection was closed on Sunday and I really wanted to see some of the cars in there, to enter this area costs £100 but if you love cars as much as me you’d pay it. The two cars that I really wanted to see are the Lamborghini Reventon and the Veyron which weren’t at the show until yesturday when the Veyron landed:
The legendary Bugatti Veyron has landed at the Show and is drawing visitors from across the country. The ultra-rare 800cc W16 Veyron with a top speed of 253mph, 1001bhp and a price tag approaching £1m, is bringing visitors from far and wide seeking a glimpse of this phenomenal super car.
Organisers have been inundated with enquiries from legions of enthusiasts about the Veyron which lines up amongst other precious supercar metal in the Ultimate Collection Public Gallery.
Don’t miss the Bugatti Veyron on display in the Ultimate Collection Public Gallery.
Now I really really want to see the Veyron but I am trying to justify whether its really worth for me to go all the way from Leeds to London to see it.
See more of the pics in the slideshow from my brothers Reviews4Cars website.
If you’ve been to the motorshow then drop us a comment with your thoughts and what were your highlights?