Canary Wharf prepares for Motorexpo
Once again the estate is preparing to become a gigantic garage forecourt as Motor- expo returns to London for the 19th time.
From June 9-15 Canary Wharf will host the country's largest free new car show with many of the vehicles on show available for test drive on the estate.
Graeme Carver, the show's CEO, said: "London Motorexpo is always a pleasure to organise and not only is it a magnificent spectacle but it's also an impressive display of car design in a relaxed and free environment.
"It is one of the highlights of the annual Canary Wharf events calendar and one of the most commercially viable as workers and visitors stream out of the offices to marvel at the displays while manufacturers from all over the world get to talk face-to-face and ultimately sell to potential buyers."
Organisers are predicting more than 400,000 people will visit the show this year with this year's main attraction a collection of iconic sports cars.
But the range of attractions is extensive including:
■ High performers
There will be more top end vehicles on show this year including Porsche's Cayman GTS, Lotus' Evora Sports Racer and Aston Martin's Vanquish Volante.
Bentley's new Continental GTV8 S is also set to make its public event debut.
The Maserati Ghibli, Rolls Royce's Wraith and the Infiniti Q50 will be on display too as well as new products from Jaguar, Lexus, BMW, Mini, Land Rover and Volvo.
■ Racing hearts
For motor racing enthusiasts, there will be two Formula One vehicles on display from Lotus and Infiniti Red Bull Racing plus examples of new technology vehicles offering sustainable, low emissions solutions.
There's the B4 Bike, a super cool retro-styled electric cruiser and Tesla's Model S premium performance zero emissions car, plus the Saietta R from Agility Global, a luxury electric urban sports motorcycle.
■ Mobile working
New to the Motorexpo and the business market in general is the Luxury Mobile Office Company, which operates mobile offices based upon Mercedes Vianos.
The vehicles are fully customised to include all you would expect in a high tech business environment including Wi-fi and a board room table.
■ Testing procedure
Motorexpo's DriveME feature is back by popular demand where visitors can test a wide selection of super cars around the Canary Wharf Estate. It's simply a case of looking out for DriveME signs.
The show is open daily from 10am to 6pm (11am-5pm on Sunday).
Go to motorexpo.com for more details.
Meanwhile a pair of motoring-related events will be taking place:
The London Motorexpo will again play host to the SMMT International Automotive Summit for the third year running.
More than 200 delegates will head to the East Wintergarden on June 11 to debate key issues facing the international automotive industry.
Several keynote speakers are lined up and delegates will be addressed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable.
Go to smmt.co.uk/summit.
The UK Youth Gala Dinner will also take place on June 11 hosted by Emmy-winning comedic actress Tracy Ullman with the aim of raising £100,000 for London Motorexpo's official charity partner.
Prince Michael of Kent and Nigel Mansell, UK Youth President, pictured, will be given a tour of the show before attending the dinner at Boisdale of Canary Wharf.
For more information about UK Youth's work go to ukyouth.org.