The London Motor Show 2018 provided the perfect set up for the royal weekend in London; the scene was set as the sun gazed down upon the usual glorious backdrop of the East London docks. The Motor Show arrived for another year of super car previews, entertainment, classic car exhibitions, car dealers, celebrity talks and much more.
There was a taster afternoon available to trade and press on the Thursday, but the show officially opened its doors to the public on Friday May 18th 2018.
‘Built in Britain’
This was by far the standout exhibition from this year’s motor show. The exhibition celebrated some of the most historically iconic British vehicles of all shapes and sizes. JCB presented their land speed record challenger, a colossal sight to behold.
Another key highlight of the London Motor Show 2018 was TVR’s choice to display their newest supercar. The TVR Griffith was first launched in 1963, then in 1990 and now in 2018. In terms of spec, the Griffith features a 500 horsepower 5L V8 engine, which allows for a top speed of 200 mph. The Griffith would set you back around £90,000 for a new model.
Initially featured as a world exclusive at the Classic Car Show back in February, the newest supercar in the Lister range was also flaunted in front of an eager crowd of car enthusiasts. Its fair to say there was just as much of a buzz around the car as there was back in February. It claims as the fastest and most powerful Lister ever created, with a scorching 666bhp engine.
Even the quintessentially British New Holland tractors were a standout feature that garnered a fair share of interest amongst spectators.
The ‘BIG’ Zone
The ‘BIG’ zone exhibition showcased the biggest and best in oversized vehicles, with American big rigs, custom hot rods and even a Monster truck with a mounted machine gun on the top for show (pictured above).
Industry Expert Talks
The motor show had their usual talks featuring motoring legends and industry experts who took to the stage over the weekend for half hour periods in a programme of talks, Q&As, demos and meet and greets.
The talks featured high profile racing legend Tiff Needell, who is also LMS president, the original ‘Stig’, Perry McCarthy and many more. This included a host of rally drivers, racing drivers and even an auto test champion come stunt driver.
Hammond and May
Possibly the most prominent of industry celebrities featured at the London Motor show 2018 were Top Gear’s Richard Hammond and James May.
They waded their way through busy crowds, with eager fans doing everything they could do to grab an autograph or a selfie. Eventually they managed to get to the stage, where they discussed their ‘next generation’ social media community platform Drive Tribe.
Drive Tribe was first launched by the infamous Top Gear trio in 2016, with the aim of being the ‘digital publishing home for publishing’. Clarkson, however, wasn’t present on the day; May joked that ‘Jeremy no longer likes cars’ as a reason for his absence, but we’re not convinced.