Sunday saw stunt driver and former Stig, Ben Collins, take to the Lecture Theatre stage, as he regaled the crowds with tales of Top Gear, crashing cars on film and his experiences competing on track.
Collins shared some of his favourite moments on the popular BBC show: “The best celebrity driver that I ever worked with was Tom Cruise. All the good stories about him are true. He was unbelievably intense and the most determined behind the wheel. He was so focused on getting a great time that he tipped the car on two wheels, 99% of racers would have backed off, but he was still gassing it!”
With stunt credits from James Bond to The Dark Knight, the driver spent time discussing his experience in the film industry: “Stunt driving, even the crashing part, is very technical. You have to be very precise despite being under enormous pressure as usually you are required to do it in one take. One of the best stunts I’ve done was for Dr Strange, where I got to do a handbrake turn in a Lamborghini Huracan and smash it into a telegraph pole, how often do you get to do that!”
Collins was at The Confused.com London Motor Show to promote his latest book, How to Drive: “It’s difficult to describe something that you do so intuitively but I realised a few years ago when I was on Top Gear that a lot of the things I would take as being basic aren’t actually being taught, such as controlling skids. I thought the best way to pass this on was to describe the skills in a fun way, drawing on my racing and stunt driving experience. Regardless of how long you’ve been driving, there’s something that everyone can take form the book.”
Richard Noble OBE updated the crowds on the Bloodhound project when he appeared on the lecture theatre stage, informing them that the supersonic car will be hitting the South African desert in 2018 before attempting to reach 1000 mph in 2019.
Popular social media vlogger Yiannimize also took to the stage to talk about how he built up his wrapping business and his rise to YouTube stardom, in addition to once again wowing crowds on his stand with ‘Wrap Attack Live’ - a unique car wrapping event streamed live on YouTube using a Volkswagen Golf R.
The Confused.com London Motor Show 2017 has played host to a number of UK debuts, including the Aston Martin Valkyrie, Alpine A110, Alpina B4 S Bi-Turbo, the 2017 Nissan Micra, a new McLaren concept from renowned tuners Liberty Walk and the Kahn Design Vengeance Volante. British coachbuilder David Brown Automotive’s latest creation – the Mini Remastered – is also making its world debut at the event. Over 130 brand new cars are on display from major manufacturers and dealerships, including Tesla, Aston Martin, Fiat, Hyundai, Vauxhall, Mazda, Nissan, BAC, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati.
As his second show as President came to a close, Tiff Needell said: “It has been another great year, building on the excellent foundations the organisers laid in 2016. From UK debuts and powerful hypercars, to one-of-a-kind models and industry stars, The Confused.com London Motor Show really has had something for everyone. The record crowds seen throughout the event are testament to this and have reinforced the importance of once again having a motor show in London.”
The Confused.com London Motor Show Chairman, Alec Mumford, said: “The success of this year’s event has reinforced the show’s place on the London event calendar and we look forward to welcoming visitors back when we return even bigger and better in 2018.”