JulyForgive us if we got rather excited in July, but we hope you did too – it was the month of the British motor show, after all. And while we knew it wasn't going to rival Frankfurt's or Geneva's shows, we were really hoping that the new venue – Excel in London's Docklands – would provide a boost. Initial figures indicate that it was pretty popular, but the real test is whether or not the show returns to London in 2008. Fingers crossed.As it was, we thought the London show really rather good – it was compact, interesting, and there were three decent launches: the new Freelander, the new Corsa and the BMW M6 cabrio. Once again, we were testing a Porsche 911, when the new Turbo got the full road test treatment. We reckoned it's the ultimate everyday supercar. And if you’re budget won't stretch to a 911 Turbo (ours won’t), there was still good news, in the shape of the new Renaultsport Clio 197, which really is a return to the affordable, great to drive small hatchback. It's not just the revvy 2.0-litre engine that's so good about the Clio, either – it's the brilliance with which the suspension copes with your typically rough British B-road.Far removed from a rough B-road, but every bit as thrilling was the tarmac of London's City Airport, where we attempted – and set – a new London Land Speed Record, with Steve Sutcliffe hitting 172.6mph in a Mercedes SLR McLaren.