In August 2020 the British Motor Show will return - in its new home: the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre – which is a great modern and spaceous location. It’s close to London and caters to the M3 corridor in the South, however we believe it will draw people in from all over the UK.
The show hasn't been seen since 2008 when it was last held at the London ExCel centre and was hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
We were invited to the press launch at the Exhibition Centre in Farnborough yesterday, where we caught up with the CEO Andy Entwistle and his team, who had lots of interesting information on how the show will run – and continue to evolve, now it has been relaunched – and with a family friendly ticket price too!
The emphasis is very much on a family themed day out, with lots of activities for lovers of cars – young people and old, and will pay homage to car greatness of the past and technology of the future…and everything in between. In Andy's own words, “This will be unlike any other motor show you may have seen before”
A very exciting aspect is the interactivity that the team are aiming to bring – there will be multiple zones for you to investigate and participate in: go-karting, drifting and even places where you can sell your car too! There will even be a two-kilometre test route where you can drive a car that you're interested in buying.
There will be a Live-Action Arena, including a 10-17 age driving experience, giving you your first taste of being behind the wheel. There’s also a wall of death, a celebrity Q & A interview stage – as well as a drifting experience, where you can see your drifting dreams come true – Fast & Furious: Farnborough Drift, anyone? Combine this with the supercar paddock, the owners club cars and a dedicated EV Zone, where you can get all the info regarding the latest in electric vehicles and new technologies, as well as a chance to test drive one. You will also find a full range of petrol and diesel cars too.
And if you are not a petrol head? There is a gaming zone, as well as lots of different food courts to try.
This dedicated team of car enthusiasts – who have a love of all things automotive – have a dream to revive a family event that once again becomes a staple in the summer holidays. It celebrates the rich heritage that is the British Automotive Industry, and looks to combine this seamlessly with the technological triumphs that are taking cars into the future, and making it one great big interactive experience that will leave you wanting more.
Where Andy and his team differ is that he wants you to experience the same buzz that he got when he went to motor shows in his youth. It aims to show you the cars that will make you fall in love with driving all over again, and maybe even for the first time. Andy still remembers the cars he first saw at automotive events that influenced what cars he wanted to own.
The Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre has set aside four thousand square metres of indoor space and four hundred and eighty four acres of outdoor space for the event, and there is plenty of room spare for this show to grow. As veterans of the Farnborough Air Show, they have the infrastructure and logistical know-how to run a large scale event, where all needs are catered for.
Best of all is the price. A show of this calibre is one you expect to cost fair bit – and here’s the good news, an adult ticket is less than £20, and a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) is under £40. For so much to see and do, the British Motor Show is excellent value for money.