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British Motor Show on course for triumphant return

January 27, 2020driversclub

Good news for all petrolheads with an interest in the UK car industry: the British Motor Show will return in 2020, with a promise of “major international launches and a global presence”.

Arranged by a new management team with over 150 years of auto industry experience, the event will take place at the Farnborough International Expo Centre in Hampshire from August 20th to 23rd. Tickets are on sale now for £18.50, and kids go free.

Celebrating a proud history

In anticipation of the event returning this summer, the new organisers of the British Motor Show looked back on some of the highlights of its 70-year history.

  • 1948: With Britain feeling the after-effects of World War Two, the car industry placed a big focus on exporting UK-made automobiles to the rest of the world. The British Motor Show at Earl’s Court witnessed the debuts of the Morris Minor, Land Rover and Jaguar XK120.
  • 1959: The ‘swinging 60s’ were just around the corner and three very different (but equally iconic) cars were introduced to the world: the Mini, the Triumph Herald and the Ford Anglia.
  • 1969: The Jaguar XJ6, Ford Capri and Rover 3500 were all unveiled at this year’s British Motor Show, alongside the Datsun 240Z, the first Japanese car to achieve real success in the UK.
  • 1976: Enter the Volkswagen Golf GTi from Germany, a model that introduced the concept of the ‘hot hatch’ and remains as popular as ever today.
  • 1980: This year’s event was notable for the appearances of three of the best-selling cars ever: the Vauxhall Astra (still going strong today, as it celebrates its 40th birthday), the Austin Mini Metro (sadly no longer with us) and the third generation of the Ford Escort (also retired, but still loved by many).
  • 1990: International manufacturers made their presence felt at this show, with the Renault Clio and Honda NSX both making their debuts.
  • 1998: British brands showed they can keep up with global competition, with the Land Rover Discovery Series 2 making its debut, along with the Rover 75 and Jaguar S-Type.
  • 2006: Following a hiatus, the British Motor Show made a dramatic return in this year, with Vauxhall marking the launch of the Corsa by suspending one of its new models from a helicopter and flying it over the Thames.

The new organisers will be hoping this year’s event can add to this illustrious history.

Andy Entwistle, the show’s chief executive officer, said: “The British Motor Show has a strong heritage and a reputation for being one of the world’s most significant car shows behind it. In 2020, we want to demonstrate the importance of the UK to the global car industry both in the past, today and tomorrow.”

Steve Clarke, marketing manager at Drivers Club News, comments: “We can’t wait to see what the British Motor Show has in store this year. Anything close to the momentous events the show has witnessed in the past will certainly be worth waiting for.”

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