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Motor show 2000- The Top 10 attractions at the NEC.

1. World Debuts - a total of 14 new models will be unveiled at the show, including the new Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and the Suburu Impreza.

2. The Star Studio - a gallery of 50 car designs sketched by celebs including Claudia Schiffer, Ronan Keating, Carol Vorderman and Sir Stirling Moss. Proceeds go to charity.

3. Motor Sport Days - falling on October 27 and 28, these are always among the most popular days at the show. This year, top drivers Jenson Button and Pedro De La Rosa will be in attendance.

4. Sega Adventure Zone - one for the kids, although young-at-heart adults are welcome too. Sega will display their latest console game Metropolis Street Racer for visitors to try out.

5. Century of British Sports Cars - a rare chance to see 28 examples of the creme de la creme of British automotive design. The exhibit features a 1902 Napier through to the supercars of today.

6. Lotus - alongside the Exige and M250 prototype on display, Lotus are staying tight-lipped about a surprise new car to be unveiled at the show.

7. British Manufacturers: from the sublime V6-engined Trident to the faintly ridiculous new Robin Reliant - which has miraculously grown a fourth wheel.

8. The New MINI - it made its debut at the Paris Motor Show last month, perhaps underlining the new version's more international origins, but now British fans can judge BMW's attempt at updating a classic for themselves.

9. Concept Cars - the wacky designs you cannot imagine seeing on the road in a million years. In particular, Peugeot will be showing off two curious-looking cars, called 'City Toyz' and 'Kart-Up' as part of their Design 2000 awards

10. The Babes - no Motor Show would be complete without a host of glamourous girls draped over the cars - although it can make it hard for the chaps to know which model to look at first.
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