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Britain's premiere automobile show from 1903-2008. After some cancellations in 2010 & 2012, the event was relaunched as the London Motor Show.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's British International Motor Show page on 16 September 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The British International Motor Show was held regularly between 1903 and 2008, initially in London at Crystal Palace, Olympia and then Earl's Court before moving to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in 1976, where it stayed until May 2004.

It then returned to London, for July 2006 and July 2008, at the new location of ExCeL. The 2010 and 2012 shows were subsequently cancelled. The event is recognised by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles. The London Motor Show relaunched at Battersea Park from 5 to 8 May 2016. The next London Motor Show took place from 5 to 7 May 2017.

Britain's first motor show—for horseless carriages—was held in South Kensington in 1896 at the Imperial Institute under the auspices of Lawson's Motor Car Club. The first British Motor Show organised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) was held at Crystal Palace, London in 1903, the same year that the speed limit was raised from 14 miles per hour (23 km/h) to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) by the Motor Car Act 1903 and two years before the formation of The Automobile Association. After the 1903 event it moved to Olympia in London, where it was held for the next 32 years before moving to Earl's Court, London from 1937 until 1976, except for the period of World War II during which time there were no shows.

From 1978 until 2004, it was held every second year at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, with the 2004 event being held in May, rather than the traditional October, to avoid a clash with the Paris Motor Show.

The July 2006 and July 2008 shows returned in ExCeL, London, prior to the cancellation of the 2010 and 2012 shows, due to the recession. Motorexpo, the World's largest free to visit motor show started in 1996 and is held annually at Canary Wharf in London, Brookfield Place in New York and Brookfield Place/First Canadian Place in Toronto. London Motorfair, an alternative London Motor Show, was held at Earls Court biannually from 1977 to 1999.

In December 2014, it was announced by Prince Michael of Kent, the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, that the London Motor Show will return in May 2016, to Battersea Park. The 2016 London Motor Show featured the United Kingdom’s land speed record attempt car, known as Bloodhound, which is designed to reach 1,000 mph. In May 2017, the London Motor Show once again returned to Battersea Park, featuring reveals from MG, David Brown, Nissan and Liberty Walk amongst others. Prince Michael of Kent was Patron once again, with brand ambassadors Tiff Needell, Ben Collins and Jodie Kidd.


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