A major auto show is brewing for the United Kingdom in 2016 after BNC Special Events announced plans to stage one for car enthusiasts in London that year. Stephen Maitland-Oxley, BNC's event director quipped to Automotive News Europe that with UK being the second largest car market in Europe, “it doesn’t seem right that there isn’t a show in London."
However, that show will not be an event recognized by the industry like the British Motor Show, which was last held in 2008. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) canned the British Motor Show due to declining interest from carmakers.
Maitland-Oxley remarked the new event in 2016 will not attempt to recreate the traditional auto show atmosphere, but will be “about getting people into the cars, driving the cars." He said that vehicle safety and low-emission motoring will be strongly represented at the new show, which would be held on May 5-8, 2016 in Battersea Park in London.
Battersea Park is the same venue for the 2015 finale of the current season of the Formula E electric race series. According to Maitland-Oxley, the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England-- which has been considered as the unofficial British Motor Show – and the new event can exist together.