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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 24, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Final touches for tomorrow’s Irish Times motorshow

    Michael McAleer

    We’re now hours away from the opening of The Irish Times Motorshow and the carpenters and painters are hard at work. The stands are being built, the road markings and traffic lights are being installed for the kid’s zone and the cars are starting to arrive.
    Already in place is the Audi R15 Le Mans winner from last June as is the R8 E-Tron prototype. While no one wants to put a value on the R15, when we tested the E-Tron some months back along a closed car park track, we were accompanied by the chief engineer as the car was estimated to be worth well over €1 million. And yet here it is, sitting pretty in a corner of the RDS, awaiting it’s final parking spot.
    Alongside it is Bentley’s new Continental SuperSport, which looks magnificent in white. A gleaming red Maserati is parked in the aisle, awaiting its positioning, while Porsches and Lamborghinis queue for their allotted spaces. The Ferraris, we’re assured, are on the truck and heading this way.
    To add to the surreal atmosphere a crane is currently attempting to position a helicopter on the roof of one of the more rugged cars. Positioning is everything, but the real challenge will be when one of the crew is assigned to drive it inside and into position.
    Elsewhere valets are fighting a losing battle to keep the carpentry dust off the cars.
    By all accounts its going to be a late night for the crews hard at work, with hopeful comments about finishing up at midnight. One wise hand suggests it’s more likely to be “the wee hours of the morning”. But everyone is sure that when the doors open tomorrow, the plastic is rolled back from the carpeted aisle floors, we will be ready to give it full throttle for this year’s show.
    By 11am the doors will open at the RDS Simmonscourt and the show begins. Tomorrow it runs until 8pm. On Saturday and Sunday its open from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are available online at irishmotorshow.ie or on the door. Prices are €12 for adults on Friday, €15 on Saturday and Sunday. Students and senior citizens are €8. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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