Motor show news update – 29 May

29 May 2004 #SMMT News

  • Lotto winners spoilt for choice at Motor Show Live
  • Families see show as a holiday highlight
  • Bentley lays on VIP trips to show from Cheltenham, Leeds & Rochdale

Lotto winners spoilt for choice at Motor Show Live

If the car of their dreams is the first luxury purchase of many lottery winners, then the winner of tonight’s estimated £21.5 million triple roll-over jackpot would be spoilt for choice at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live.

In fact, they would be able to buy all of the 400 cars on display and still have £6.5 million left in loose change!

Taking the biggest dent out of the winner’s newly inflated bank balance would be the £313,465 Mercedes SLR McLaren, closely followed by the £300,000 Porsche Carrera GT and the £281,380 Maybach.

Also likely to figure prominently in any list of dream cars are the £214,500 Rolls-Royce Phantom, the £177,500 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and the £112,000 Aston Martin DB9 Volante.

Families see show as a holiday highlight

A whole new family audience is making a Bank Holiday B-line for The Sunday Times Motor Show Live, attracted by new interactive features that make the show a great day out.

This year’s event is a radical departure from previous shows, with the emphasis as much on all-round family entertainment as the 400 new cars that are on display.

Already proving a star attraction at the show is the BSM Driving School, at which children as young as 14 can actually drive a car for the first time. Younger family members will delight at the Lego-built Fomula 1 car and play area on the Fiat stand in Hall 5.

The whole family, meanwhile, will enjoy the thrills and spills of the 4×4 Experience, a specially built off-road course, before getting a pure adrenalin fix at the Motropolis Live Action Arena, the MINI Open Air Theatre and Comma Caterham Experience.

The show’s PR director, Andrew Andersz, says: ‘The show is no longer simply the preserve of car enthusiasts and petrolheads, it’s now an interactive experience that’s a must-visit event for the family over the Bank Holiday weekend and throughout the School holidays.

Bentley lays on VIP trips to show from Cheltenham, Leeds & Rochdale

Three competition winners and their partners are travelling to The Sunday Times Motor Show Live in the lap of luxury this weekend – chauffeur driven to and from the show in a Bentley Arnage.

The winners are being given the VIP treatment after taking part in a poll of Auto Express readers, which revealed that Britain’s best loved car of the last 50 years is the Jaguar E-Type.

The three winners are: Graham Owen from Cheltenham, Ben Fox from Leeds and Iain Brown from Rochdale.

They all voted for the Jaguar E-type in the poll, paying homage to a model favoured by racing legends Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill. Visitors to Motor Show Live can catch a glimpse of the E-type, as it makes a cameo appearance in the Motropolis Live Action Arena.

Graham Owen, who was accompanied by his wife Dawn on their visit to the show, said: ‘We’ve had a fantastic day. We really enjoyed seeing all the extra features including the Metropolis Live Action Arena and Thunderbirds. This was only bettered by being treated like royalty for the day thanks to Auto Express!’

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