International motor show launches

This year's British International Motor Show opens this Wednesday at London's ExCel exhibition centre, and is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Exhibits will include 23 global vehicle debuts, more than 50 UK debuts and in excess of 600 new and classic cars from 60 vehicle manufacturers.

Visitors can also take part in a host of interactive "have-a-go" features, such as racing the latest Mazda sports cars and 4x4 driving at Land Rover's Ultimate Experience. There will also be the best from the world of boating in The Marine Experience, luxury motor homes in the Outdoor Living area and the latest in automotive technology.

Younger drivers can get behind the wheel at The Peugeot Kids Driving School, where children over four years old can drive themselves around a purpose-built road network in mini versions of the Peugeot 207, getting to grips with everyday obstacles like traffic lights, roundabouts and cross roads.

The show runs from Wednesday July 23 to Sunday August 3. Tickets are priced £25 for a family pass (two adults and two children), while individual tickets start at £10 for an adult weekday pass and £6 for children aged five to 16. They are available through the show's website or by calling 0871 230 5588.

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