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#1 RTH

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 14:13

I will spare you the sea of near identical bubble shaped small hatchbacks and this year's theme which is very much forthcoming electrically powered city cars , which still will not get to the showrooms for another 18 months. For those of you who could not get there , at the Excel Exhibition centre in East London Docklands, £10 entry ,show ends 6.00 pm Sunday 3rd August :-

Instead, some of the older or more unusual exhibits

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The best known MK1 Escort of all time ?

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The 1970 Mikkola / Palm London to Mexico world cup Rally winner

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Last years Renault Grand Prix car

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Renault Grand Prix 2.4 litre V8

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Ford's GT, 4038 made (100 to UK ) at a price around £100,000

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Ford Model T celebrating 100years since production started More than 15 million examples were made.

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Looks so similar to the 60s GT40 but is actually quite a bit bigger in all dimensions.

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The new Lotus Evora 4 seater ( a big car weighing 1350kgs ). At £45,000+
More than twice the weight of the 1957 Lotus Elite GT car

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Lotus Evora Chassis extruded aluminium glued and riveted

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Lotus Exige 1.8 £36,000 http://www.grouplotus.com/

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Lotus Europa SE £35,000

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The new Fabio GTS , company run by Chris Marsh ex Marcos http://www.farbiospo...ts.asp?sub=cars
3.0 Litre V6 from £59,000

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Jaguar XJ220, cost £403,000 on launch in 1992 and Ariel Atom built in Somerset http://www.arielmotor.co.uk/ £30.000 would put you in a car with no bodywork or windscreen!



Interesting show, worth the visit, but had the feel more of a shopping mall rather than the occasion that was the special feel of excitement of the motor shows of the past at Earls Court.

Major new model debuts for new Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Insignia,Focus RS,Land Rover LRS,Alfa Mito,Ford Kuga,Lotus Evora,Morgan Aeromax & Hydrogen concept sportscar,Alfa Romeo 8c coupe & spider, Honda's hydrogen fuel cell FCX Clarity, Toyota IQ , the Lightening electric sportscar and many more, you need about 3hrs to look around.

Surprisingly perhaps there was a really big crowd there, parking is now greatly improved with underground indoor car parks beneath the venue, the docklands light railway runs through the site , which is positioned alongside the river thames and next to Docklands Airport. Access now is fast and very easy.

Best bit ? Well we spotted someone we knew working on sales on the Bentley stand and got invited in to the sumptuous back office for afternoon tea , in bone china cups, exquisite cakes on Bentley's finest leather bound seats........I can now imagine how nice it would be to be a current Bentley owner and be treated so nicely....something from a completely different era !

But with even the entry level Bentley Continental GT , devine though it is , costing £137,000
http://www.bentleymo...y.aspx?infid=39
......It'll be back to the Focus then !

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#2 sterling49

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 21:46

Originally posted by RTH
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;) The last time I saw that was in 1970, hello old friend! That would do me nicely Richard :wave: