Two weeks to go ”till Britain”s biggest consumer exhibition

08 October 2002 #SMMT News

Fans are snapping up tickets for this year’s British International Motor Show, sponsored by The Daily Telegraph, in record numbers. Advance sales stand at 45,720 tickets, up 37.6 per cent on the last Show, as visitors take advantage of savings on normal entry prices. But those looking for a bargain need to be quick; all discounts end at midnight on 13 October.

Sales are being driven by the promise of an event packed full of features and fantastic cars. Hall 4 at the NEC will see the world public debut of three cars from the brand new James Bond movie DIE ANOTHER DAY, an Aston Martin Vanquish, a modified 400bhp Jaguar XKR convertible and the new Ford Thunderbird. And Hall 5 will host some of the best models dating back to the first Motor Show in 1903, in a feature called 100 Years of Motor Show.

UK debuts include supercars like the Bentley Continental GT and Enzo Ferrari. This year also hosts Show-stoppers like the FBS Census V6 sports car in Hall 5, and the world launch of TVR’s new coupe in Hall 3. Meanwhile, Science fiction fans will be queuing up on the Lexus stand to glimpse the car of the future, driven by Tom Cruise in Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film, Minority Report, set in the year 2054.

Mercedes-Benz devotees will be delighted by the news that the company intends to celebrate the 35th anniversary of AMG by exhibiting its recently expanded high performance range. Models like the S 55 AMG limousine and SL 55 AMG roadster will be presented in Hall 2.

This year there’s also the chance to win a car when visitors pick up a copy of the Show Guide. Packed full of exhibitor news, motoring facts and features, the Guide includes a unique number, printed on the front cover, for a prize draw to win a fabulous Citroen C3. The winning number will be drawn after the Show, and published on the web site

Notes to editors:

Opening hours and dates for British International Motor Show


Press Day

22 Oct 8.00 am to 7.00 pm

Business Day

23 Oct 9.00 am to 7.00 pm

Daily Telegraph Preview Day

24 Oct 9.00 am to 7.00 pm

Public Days

25 Oct – 2 Nov 9.30 am to 7.00 pm

3 Nov 9.30 am to 5.30 pm


On the door / In advance*

Adult £15 / £12

Child/senior citizen £7.50 / £6

Daily Telegraph Preview Day £40 / £25

* Advance discounts end 13 October 2002. Tickets available via or by calling the Motor Show hotline on 0870 906 2002

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