The Great Motoring Extravaganza, the biggest exhibition of the history of transport ever staged in London opened on Thursday (1 August).
The Great Motoring Extravaganza, the biggest exhibition of the history of transport ever staged in London opened on Thursday (1 August). It will run until 11 August.
The exhibition is sponsored by an oil company.
It covers almost 100 years of the history of transport on land, sea and in the air.
Regulations covering the exhibition have excluded current cars in their standard forms. But most major companies in the motoring industry are represented by depicting the part they have played in the history of transport.
Exhibits range from a late nineteenth-century stem lawn mower to the "cars of tomorrow" displayed by a number of firms.
The oldest British car still running, an 1897 Daimler, the second to be built by the company, is on display.
Also features are the classics -- a 1907 Silver Ghost from Rolls Royce -- and the record-breakers, including the first car to exceed 200 miles an hour (322 kilometres an hour) -- a 1927 Sunbeam.
Special marine and aviation displays are also vying for attention in the Olympia exhibition centre.
SYNOPSIS: In 1954 this famous "teardrop" MG 181 achieved more than two hundred and forty miles an hour.
A number of companies have displayed the shape of things to come, such as this Ford contribution.
And another impressive look ahead with British Leyland's car of the future.
This futuristic model has already won fame. The "Whomobile" was built for a British television series. The motoring extravaganza runs for ten days and also features special marine and aviation displays. Period and present day British Railway machines are on show nearby.