Motor show news update – 28 May 5pm

Digby Jones tells cabinet ministers to drive British Robbie Savage seeks new car despite contract negotiations Matrix martial arts bad boys meet fans at Vauxhall stand Eager shows goers hit Motor Show Live Digby Jones tells cabinet ministers to drive British Digby Jones, the Director General of the CBI today visited the Motor Show Live. After a tour of the halls he claimed this year’s show was ‘better than ever… absolutely fantastic’. He praised the date move, from October to May, to coincide with half term, and the introduction of all-action features. Jones, a local man from Longbridge went on to say, ‘I’m proud that Birmingham can put on the best show in the world…there isn’t a better place to see motor cars than here at the NEC.’ Applauding the number of British made cars on display, many from the West Midlands area, Jones continued, ‘I’m just so proud of a great manufacturing story for Britain and Brum.’ He went on to show his commitment to British made motors by pledging to campaign cabinet ministers to start using the new Rover Limousine as their preferred transport. ‘When I return to London I will be telling them, I want to see you all in Rover 75s built in my home town!’Robbie Savage seeks new car despite contract negotiations Birmingham City player, Robbie Savage took some time off today to visit the MG stand as a thank you to the manufacturer for providing him with his official club car, an MG ZT.The Welsh midfielder, who has recently had neck surgery and is currently in negotiations over his contract with the club, also visited the show to have a look at the range of up and coming cars on display.He said: ‘My cars are my hobby, I’m fortunate enough to own a Lamborghini and also the MG ZT which I’m very happy with. I’m also going to have a look around to see if there’s anything else that takes my fancy.’Footballers favourites might include the new Porsche 911 Turbo S that makes its world debut at the NEC, the stunning new Aston Martin DB9 Volante, TVR Tuscan 2 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR Maclaren. Matrix martial arts bad boys meet fans at Vauxhall stand Two stars from The Matrix films made an explosive appearance at the Vauxhall stand today at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live.Neil and Adrian Rayment, who played the evil albino twins known for their marital arts skills in the futuristic Matrix Reloaded and soon to be released Matrix Revolutions films, signed autographs for visitors to the stand. Each brother owns a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo; Adrian’s is rouge, Neil’s is black.The Rayment twins spent last week at the Cannes film festival where they were promoting their new pilot Brit flick, Pirate, a modern day spin on swashbuckling pirate films of old.Neil said: ‘It’s like a cross between Swordfish and Madmax on water, with lots of expensive yachts. We’re very excited about the prospect of this making it to the cinema’Visitors seeking their own action adventure headed to Motropolis, a live action show set in a city of the future. Motropolis is just one of many interactive features at this year’s exhibition. Eager shows goers hit motor show live Motor show visitors were raring to go this morning with many arriving at the NEC before the exhibition officially opened at 9.30am. Some enthusiasts arrived as early as 8am to be the first through the doors to see a host of new cars and interactive features. Anyone wanting to visit the show has until Sunday 6 June to enjoy the event. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New Face of Handball in Plock

← Previous Story EHF prevents regional league! Red light from Vienna for the new project! Next Story → IHF: Germany gets Wild Card for Qatar 2015! handballpilka recznaPlock Nineteen teams, beach handball and the city center of well known in handball world city. Last weekend Płock hosted Beach Handball Tournament of Mayor of Płock’s Cup. – It had been great pleasure and the best tournament in Poland so far – say everybody who had chance to participate. The scenery of tournament was special – the main city centre, next to the town hall, surrounded by historical buildings. Although Płock is located on the riverside organisers decided to place event in the Old Town – We wanted to show people something different and also gain these ones who firstly were not interested in our event – says Artur Niesłuchowski, president of BHT Auto Forum Petra Płock, team who organised tournament. – That is why we located it in the city centre. Of course this decision brought us to higher costs but thanks to our main sponsors, who were city of Płock and PKN Orlen we were able to make it. As we found out that was bull’s eye. Almost every game was played with many people on the audience. Especially matches of host, BHT Auto Forum Petra Płock attracted a lot of spectators, including Manolo Cadenas or players of polish national team Adam Wiśniewski or Piotr Masłowski. – That was a wonderful feeling to see so many people who were cheering for us. To be honest we were expecting that and we are not disappointed – say Marcin Miedziński, player of Petra and Polish Beach Handball National Team. The tournament won the host, who in the final won against Damy Radę Inowrocław. The game provided a lot of emotions to both players and the fans. Petra won 2:0, but it was not an easy victory – both sets ended with the gold goals. – It was the first victory in our history during playing in Polish Championship and it gave us first place in the table, we could not be happier. We and our fans deserved it to celebrate in the home city – say Miedziński. The only problem during competition happen during women’s final, which had to be interrupted due to rainfall. Eventually after half hour break match was resumed and the gold medal went to BHT Byczki Kowalewo Pomorskie, who won against Reflex AZS AWF Volkswagen Poznań.Tournament was a great sports and organisational success. – We have heard many positive opinions during and after our event – says Artur Niesłuchowski – We are really glad that everybody enjoyed it – starting with us, through fans and spectators to players and referees. Some of them even said that this may change perception of beach handball and tournaments organizing in Poland, which is a great pleasure to hear.People in Płock can’t wait to see tournament back in the city. – I hope we will see each other here next year – said during ending ceremony Andrzej Nowakowski, president of the city. As the organisers promise, Beach Handball Płock after a great success will become annual event.TEXT: Michalina ChabowskaPHOTO: Grzegorz Trzpil read more