The London motor show has rolled into town for the second time since its resurrection last year, and appears to have grown - a little.
Credit where it’s due: the show has improved its new noteworthy metal count to four – the Alpina B4 S, David Brown Mini Remastered, Kahn Vengeance Volante and MG XS. Four UK debuts trounces last year’s two, and shows signs of the show germinating after its merely whelming start last year.
The show, which is held in Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, is still far removed from Frankfurt, Geneva and even New York, granted, but this is progress. Another decade or so and it could be on a par, providing Brexit – the elephant in the room this year, to some extent – doesn’t put paid to its prospects.
Although there’s no Eurovision-like theme to the show each year, British heritage is certainly high on the agenda thanks to Mini exhibits both new and old, numerous Rolls-Royces, Mitsuoka’s prevailing presence at the Mazda stand and various other British (or, in the latter's case, Brit-ish) hits.
More overarching a theme than this, though, is the show’s diversity; manufacturers of all sizes are present, as are tuners, parts suppliers, dealers and restorers. Sure, that’s expected at a motor show, but it shows that the London motor show’s status is on its way to being upgraded from motor show extra, to bona fide industry event.