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Cars of tomorrow, today

Things to do, places to go this weekend
If there's any truth in the old adage that men would rather have a shiny car than a nagging woman for company, then the London Motor Show promises to be something of a peep-show-cum-mass orgy, as more than 500 models are wheeled in for the delight of the slavering public. During the 10-day exhibition, there are over 50 new cars being unveiled, with major launches from Ford, Vauxhall, Mitsubishi (with the dubiously-named Carisma), and the stunning new 120mph Lotus Elise (right), one of which is currently being given away by the Independent (see page 14). Tuesday sees the introduction of the first-ever Classic Car Day, and auction house Brooks is holding four classic car auctions. If you've got a spare pounds 700,000, then you could land a 1930 7.1-litre supercharged Mercedes sports. Thursday is Motorsport Day, with celebrity drivers and exhibits from the racing world, including a reconstruction of the RAC rally on the Earls Court forecourt and an Impreza rally-car simulator to give you a taste of the action. If this is not enough to satisfy the boy racer in you, then make your way to stand 196, where you'll find the smoothest engines of all - the BBC Top Gear team.

London Motor Show, Earls Court, London SW5 (0171-244 0338) to 29 Oct