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2008 London Motor Show Poster.

The British International Motor Show is an auto show held biennially in the United Kingdom. It is recognised as an international show by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles.


The first British Motor Show organised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) was held at Crystal Palace, London in 1903. It subsequently moved to Olympia in London, where it was held each year for 32 years. From 1937 until 1976 it was held at Earl's Court in London, before moving to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham in 1978. The NEC hosted the show every other year until the last show there in May 2004. The 2004 show was moved from the traditional October date to May to avoid conflicting with the other two major autumn motor shows in Frankfurt and Paris.


The 2006 British Motor Show was held in London in July. The event will be at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in the Docklands. A nightly post-show rock music festival called Dock Rock is also planned. According to the Top Gear website, Lightning McQueen(The star car from the Pixar film Cars which isn't based off a real car) will be featured as a real car.

Vehicle introductions:

Dock rock performers:


In 2004 the show, branded The Sunday Times Motorshow Live, was held from 27 May - 6 June, instead of the usual October.


October 22 1988–October 30 1988 NEC, Birmingham.

Vehicle introductions:


October 20 1984–October 28 1984 NEC, Birmingham.

Vehicle introductions:


October 16 1974–October 26 1974 Earl's Court, London.

Vehicle introductions:


October 19 1966–October 29 1966 Earl's Court, London.

Vehicle introductions:


October 27 1948–November 6 1948 Earl's Court, London.

Vehicle introductions:

  • Jaguar XK120 - launched, and was the world's fastest production car at the time


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