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Aston Martin’s outrageous £2.5m Valkyrie is just one of the exciting cars being unveiled at this weekend’s London Motor Show – but you’ll have to be quick, says RAY MASSEY

The London Motor Show is in full swing but you’ll have to be quick or you’ll miss some of the most exciting cars on the planet.

More than 10,000 people are expected on an exceptionally busy Saturday alone but don’t dawdle as it finishes on Sunday. The show was opened with a royal flourish by Prince Michael of Kent on Thursday.

VIP celebrity guests making an appearance include model and car enthusiast Jodie Kidd, BBC Top Gear’s former Stig Ben Collins, motor racing legendand TV presenter Tiff Needell and land speed record icon Richard Noble OBE.

Alec Mumford, chairman of London Motor Show 2017 which is sponsored by comparison website Confused.com said: ‘The show’s opening day was absolutely spectacular.

‘The incredible reveals from MG, David Brown Automotive, Clive Sutton, Liberty Walk and Ancaster Group on Thursday really set the tone for what’s going to be a superb weekend.

Aston Martin’s outrageous £2.5 million Valkyrie – one of just 150 to be built in conjunction with F1 team Red Bull – will make its first appearance at the London Motor Show,

‘Over 130 of the most exciting cars in the world went on display and we are very excited to share them with more guests over the coming days.’

Visitors to the show at Battersea Evolution will be the first in the UK to see MG’s new XS small crossover vehicle.

It’s being called ZS everywhere else. But the Chinese-owned MG thought that clashed with the Rover 45-based ZS of the early Noughties, so swapped the Z for an X.

However, this may ruffle feathers at British-based Jaguar, whose saloons and coupes already carry the X-badge.

The XS will cost about £12,500. MG’s UK sales boss Matthew Cheyne says the XS is part of the firm’s expansion plans.

Visitors to the motor show at Battersea Evolution will be the first in the UK to see MG’s new XS small crossover vehicle. The XS will cost about £12,500. MG’s UK sales boss Matthew Cheyne says the XS is part of the firm’s expansion plans.

MOTORISTS would rather buy shiny new gadgets and gizmos than proven high-tech, life-saving safety features, according to research.

While one-in-five motorists says safety technologies are important and second only to cost when buying a car, one in five drivers – nine million in total – refuses to pay extra for such features, says a report by the Stop the Crash Partnership launched at this weekend’s London Motor Show.

It urges motorists to reject a showroom deal unless safety features come free.

ASTON MARTIN’S outrageous £2.5 million Valkyrie (pictured above) – one of just 150 to be built in conjunction with F1 team Red Bull – will make its first appearance at the London Motor Show, along with a selection of the range from Aston Martin Mayfair.

ALSO at the show, the design team at leading agency Seymourpowell will demonstrate how virtual reality technology is now used to create real cars on the road.

And Jaguar will be showing its F-Pace, winner of the World Car of the Year title.

ABOMINABLE! Skoda is ditching the brilliant name Yeti on the next generation SUVs. It will be called the Karoq, after an indigenous Alaskan tribe.

TICKETS are still available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday from £17 at www.thelondonmotorshow.co.uk or on the day at the entrance gate.

Large enough to accommodate two people sleeping on top of their car, Mini’s quirky AirTop tent is designed to be mounted on the roof of a Mini Countryman and other Mini models.

MINI’S LOFTY NEW IDEA

There’s nothing like a well-earned mini-break to help recharge your batteries. But Mini has taken it a step further with this astonishing pop-up rooftop tent.

Large enough to accommodate two people sleeping on top of their car, the quirky AirTop tent is designed to be mounted on the roof of a Mini Countryman and other Mini models.

Looking like a giant snail on wheels, the glass-fibre tent comes with a solid aluminium ladder, so you can climb ‘upstairs’.

It’s been created by Italian roof tent specialist Autohome in collaboration with Mini. But its £2,400 price-tag puts it more into the glamping than camping category.

Once at your destination, you raise the tent using four gas pressured springs.

It can be mounted onto the roof rails of the car without the use of tools in just a few easy moves. When driving, it is enclosed in an aerodynamic glass-fibre roof box that creates minimal air resistance and noise.

Once at your destination, you raise the tent using four gas pressured springs. Inside is a high-density mattress with cotton cover, two doors and two windows with zips, mosquito nets at all openings and a battery-operated LED interior light, as well as luggage nets and pockets for personal items. It measures 2.10 m x 1.30 m and is available at: shop.autohome-official.com/en.

CELEBRITY car dealer to the stars Clive Sutton is launching his own special ‘tailor made’ edition Range Rovers from £80,000 – as well as a collection of feisty specially tweaked Ford Mustangs and other muscle-cars.

That includes the powerful £50,000 CS500 Mustang (below). Mr Sutton, whose steady supply of Chrysler Grand Voyagers to earlier residents at 10 Downing Street led to them being dubbed ’Blairmobiles’, offers upgrades, styling packs performance tuning and a personalisation programme via his ‘Sutton Bespoke division.

The powerful £50,000 CS500 Mustang.

BRITISH coachbuilder David Brown Automotive celebrated the world debut of its Mini Remastered based on a classic Mini and is reborn into a city car for modern living. Prestige dealer group Stratstones showcased one of the ‘Missing Six’ Jaguar Lightweight E-Types.And luxury dealers H.R.

Owen presented the Lamborghini Aventador S, Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge, BAC Mono, Maserati Levante, Bentley Bentayga and Ferrari GTC4 Lusso.

I EVEN had a hand in it myself, matchmaking between Disney and the show’s organisers to get Mickey Mouse’s hot-rod along as a last minute inclusion. The car – dubbed the ‘The Hot Doggin Hot Rod’ – was created by a specialist team of eight engineers and experts over eight weeks to celebrate the launch of Disney Junior’s new animated children’s series called ‘Mickey and The Roadster Racers’.

It will appear In a special London themed episode due to air on Disney Junior and DisneyLife channels in May in which Mickey and his gang track down a thief who has stolen the crown jewels, before returning them to the Queen. It features a ‘28’ on the side, which represents the year in which Mickey Mouse first appeared onscreen in ‘Steamboat Willie’ 89 years ago.