The 2010 British Motor Show Might Take Place After All

Good news for car enthusiasts living in the United Kingdom: the 2010 British Motor Show might take place after all thanks to a millionaire Darren Richards who wants to revive the show. According to a report issued by, Richards calls for support from other popular names, including Rowan Atkinson, Jeremy Clarkson and Simon Cowell, to help get financing for the show.

The British Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced in March that the 2010 British Motor Show will be postponed for an indefinite period of time, citing the difficult economic times automakers are now experiencing as the main reason. Although not confirmed, it was said that 2013 is the year to host a new British Motor Show.

"Given the great strides that the Motor Show has taken since its return to London, we fully endorse the decision to postpone BIMS until market conditions will again permit us to deliver a world class event that truly showcases the UK industry," Rob Mackenzie, managing director for International Motor Industry Events (IMIE), said back in March.

But Richards says that he already contacted the SMMT to discuss a potential revival of the show.

“We need to weather through this storm. It’s more reason to preserve the tradition of the motor show. We must not just roll over. Even if the event is scaled down dramatically next year it must still happen," he was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source.

On the other hand, the SMMT said they didn't receive an official proposal for Richards but once again emphasized they are open to talks, which is quite the first sign that the show might take place after all. "We would be interested in any proposal but at the moment the manufacturers are not in a financial position for the show to go ahead."
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