Anyone who was worried that the revitalised Birmingham motor show would lack the glamour of the world's top car shows had their fears rebuked. The homegrown car makers had plenty to crow about and Birmingham was buzzing.
There were plenty of candidates for pick of the show but most observers reckon it went to Noble and its new M14 supercar. With a price tag of £74,995, 911 Turbo-style performance and an interior to match an Aston Martin, it's going to upset the supercar establishment. And if Lee Noble gets his way deliveries will start at the end of the year.
Rumours that TVR was going to unveil a mid-£20k budget roadster didn't come to fruition. But there was plenty of excitement surrounding the revised Tuscan and that there will be a convertible version for the first time.
MG Rover was playing its part, too, with the £82,995 MG SV-R the star of its stand, sitting alongside what will eventually become the company's hottest hatch, the ZR-X. Also on display was the new Rover 75 Limo, now sporting the same Audiesque grille as the 75 V8. Quirky aquatic vehicle maker Gibbs also previewed a new model to go alongside the Aquada. Called Hundinga and cheekily similar to the Hummer, it's designed as the ultimate off-road emergency vehicle, designed to match a top-notch mud plugger but travel at up to 35mph on water as well.
They're not world debuts but we'd be amazed if the all-new Land Rover Discovery, due to go on sale in September, and the Aston Martin DB9 weren't drawing huge crowds as they went before the British public for the first time. Jaguar was doing its bit too, with the long wheel-base XJ as the star of its show.
Over at parent company Ford's enormous stand there was the Fiesta ST150 and new hot diesel Mondeo, the ST TDCi ñ in among the Thunderbirds paraphernalia. The Blue Oval has supplied Lady Penelope's car for this summer's big blockbuster movie and while the half-hourly show was an excruciating embarrassment for the assembled hacks, the kids will love it.