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Date: 30 June 2008

What Van? Live returns this year as part of the British Motor Show at London's Excel next month. Steve Banner takes a look at what visitors can expect

This year's eagerly-anticipated What Van? Live all-action driving event is arriving at an exciting new venue.

BusinessCar's sister magazine is now part of the British International Motor Show, taking place at London's Excel exhibition centre from 23 July to 3 August.

Show-goers will be able to get behind the wheel of some of the UK's most popular light commercials and take them for a spin around a 2.2km purpose-designed course laid out within the complex's grounds. The course will include some tight bends plus the opportunity to execute a few quick lane-changes to better appreciate a van's driving dynamics.

Citroen, Ford, Nissan and Piaggio will all be offering visitors the chance to get to grips with their products, while Iveco's Daily - What Van?'s Van of the Year for 2007 - will be present as a static display. You can subject it to close scrutiny between drives, and when you've done that you can check out the wares of the light commercial accessory suppliers who will be present too. What Van? Live is being supported by vehicle logo and wrapping specialist Racoon, which will be showing off its handiwork.

All you need to do is bring your driving licence, and you'll be accompanied on each drive by a representative from the vehicle's manufacturer ready to help you get the best out of the experience.

Excel London is in the Docklands area and between Canary Wharf and London City Airport. It's easily accessible from the M25, M11, A406 and A13, but the number of parking spaces available is limited so public transport will make more sense.

Fortunately there are two Docklands Light Railway stations on the venue's doorstep - Custom House and Prince Regent.

For opening times, ticket prices and all other information head to