MPH – Prestige and Performance Motor Show 2009

14th November 2009
The NEC, Birmingham 

If I could have anything to start this review off it would have to be the Top Gear theme tune, but as you are reading this and not listening to it I’ll have to settle for the next best thing… Telling you how many sweeties I wanted in that sweet shop.

The MPH show for anyone who is unsure is all about showing off those cars that you’d buy without batting an eye lid “when you win the lottery”. Sure enough they didn’t fail to impress as there were many rare and unique cars to be seen such as Aerial, Aston Martin, Caparo, Ferrari, Jaguar, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, Porsche and Pagani.

At this point I would like to point out how hard it is not to touch something that says “please do not touch”. I felt like a fly that was attracted to a bright light.

There were two breathtaking star attractions that made an appearance – Citroen DS3 and Peugeot RCZ Coupé. The Citroen was having it’s UK premiere, and is also one of 3 models from the new distinctive product range. It’s not available to buy until 2010, and is designed for the style-conscious urban individual.

The Peugeot RCZ Coupé however was seen at the show for the first time ever in the UK. It’s one of a long line of coupé’s to be produced, from which date back to the 1930’s.

Make of this what you will, I had already decided where my lottery winnings were going – Vauxhall Bathurst S. See for yourself here: What was also more invigorating about this car that was right in front of my eyes was that it was exactly the same one that was driven by Hammond.

One of the parts that I always enjoy watching on Top Gear is the part when the celebrities come on and you find out what cars they’ve owned and are currently driving. There was one in particular that made a scene at the show, which was a black Ferrari Enzo that is owned by the singer Jamiroquai. I’m not a huge fan of Ferrari, but this was one hot car. Black is certainly the best choice of colour for a sports car, but I enjoy the finer details on a car, and even just looking at the callipers and the wheels did it for me.

As I head out from the exhibition I get handed a programme with a booklet, which quickly becomes the second car that I will also buy when I win the lottery – Nissan GTR. I have to say that Nissan have really produced a number of nice cars recently, including the 350Z, and no persuasion will be needed.