After visiting the London Motor Show press preview yesterday, there's no doubt it’s great to have a car show in the capital, even though it lacked the buzz of other well-established motor shows, such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Geneva motor show.

While some manufacturers chose the London show as the place to give their newest models’ their UK debut, the show lacked the excitement and media hubbub of other well-known motor shows.

Of note were MG and TVR’s big reveals, which brought a modicum of that palpable anticipation of a larger motor show, silk sheets and all.

What was easy to notice was the number of specialist marques at the London show: Riversimple, Morgan, McLaren, Noble, Kahn, and so on; not only specialist brands but British brands.

Even many of the international offerings brought British-influenced cars; the Mitsuoka Brooklands Roadster and Viewt and – arguably – the Mazda MX-5, which shows not only Britain’s continuing influence on the global car market, but the prevalence of the British car enthusiast.