The London Motor Show

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I attended the London Motor Show this week end and whilst its not exactly first on the list of priority motor shows (it may not have even made the list) that doesn’t mean it wasn’t great. Whilst it doesn’t have unveiling of new concepts or stunning live show its small size makes it a lot less tiring to get around. As time has gone on the London Motor Show has shrunk a lot in size and admittedly in quality. This years event took place at Battersea park and the small venue certainly hurt the event, a few years ago I attended the show at the Excel centre, a much larger arena and it also had a live show going on at the same time. This years show was less than half the size of that event and I feel the London Motor Shows days may be numbered.

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The cars though didn’t disappoint, a strong showing from Aston Martin led the show with the Vantage, Rapide, Vanquish, DB11 and the new concept the Valkyrie all in attendance. Aston was one of the few major manufacturers to make the trip but Porsche also attended, with a Cayenne, Panamera, 718 Boxter and 911 Turbo S. the star of the show however and the car that drew the most eyes was from the little company called David Brown Automotive, with their newly unveiled Mini Remastered. The little car was swarmed with people through out the event with a neighbouring Rolls Royce Ghost and Lamborghini Aventador being left in the corner to sit and sulk.

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The show also saw the new Alpine A110 on show, another popular choice among the attendees the stunning white example drew eyes all over. The Abarth 124 Spyder looked great in an impressive shade of blue. Outside the building the Chelsea Cars showroom put out a selection of gorgeous classic to look at including a Mercedes 190SL convertible, and Aston Martin DB6 and a Jaguar XK140.

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Whilst I doubt this event will be the last, I do suspect it may be one of the last, the show struggles to gain the attention of the major manufacturers and is barely scraping the number of attendees it needs to succeed. The show is basically forgotten internationally, being overtaken by the likes of Detroit and Tokyo auto shows even the Paris Motor show.

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Walkie-Talkie Melts Cars

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A new building dubbed the Walkie-Talkie has started melting cars. A Jaguar that was parked underneath the building began melting after a few hours. The buildings construction manages to direct bright light onto the roadway below. The building hasn’t even been finished yet, the Walkie-Talkie will cost £200m when finished.

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Everything form cars to bottles to bike saddles have melted under the light from the building. Standing underneath the light has been likened to being an ant underneath a magnifying glass due to the intense heat. The parking bays have since been closed due to the melting.

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The New Icona Vulcano

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This is the new car by Icona called the Vulcano. It’s a V12 Hybrid with 950BHP. The car also has a claimed top speed of 216MPH. The car will go on show at the Salon Prive in London this will be its debut.

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Personally I don’t think it’s a particularly good-looking car, its too tall in the front and those vents are way too big. It clearly has publicity photos taken by Jeremy Clarkson. I also think its going to be incredibly hard for it to be successful especially with the ne Ferrari LaFerarri and the McLaren P1 both coming out soon.

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Also there is the problem of price the Ferrari and the McLaren are both around the £1 million mark. The Vulcano is going to be €3 million which is just over £2.5 million. Who would rather have this than one of the two top cars from two of the top companies?