Displays from the dawn of motoring
The annual free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, which takes place this Saturday (October 31), promises something for everyone as the busy thoroughfare is closed to through traffic for the entire day.
Among the show’s attractions will be displays of cars from the dawn of motoring, glorious classic cars and moderns while the story will be brought right up to date with the latest ultra low emission electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. There will also be a stunt bike display, musical fun from the West End Kids and driving simulator experiences.
Its centrepiece will be a display of more than 100 veteran cars, all taking part in the prestigious EFG International Concours d’Elegance. Many owners and their passengers will be in period costume, preparing themselves for the famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which sets off from nearby Hyde Park early the following morning.
Among the veterans on show – each and every one is at least 110 years old – will be a number for whom the phrase ‘Back to the Future’ might have been invented. The 1901 Waverley owned by the famous London store Harrods, for example, is a zero-emission batterypowered electric vehicle.
It will be rubbing shoulders with its great grandchildren – cars like the zero emission Renault Zoe in a display of modern EVs and hybrids backed by two organisations helping to shape our motoring future – Go Ultra Low and Transport for London (TfL). There will also be a display of the Tesla Model S. Other attractions include what will be a remarkable display of men at work. A team of four technicians from Caterham will build a brand new Seven sports car from a pile of parts with the aim of driving the car off the stand at the end of the show.
James Bond’s latest Aston Martin – the unique DB10 from the film Spectre – will turn a corner of Regent Street into Bond Street for the day while another attraction will bring the high octane excitement of the Silverstone Classic into the heart of London.
The two classic buses due to be driven by Radio 2 DJs Chris Evans and Ken Bruce in the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will also be on display. At daybreak on Sunday 1 November these buses will be packed with successful bidders in a BBC Children in Need auction for the trip from capital to coast.
The Regent Street Motor Show was first held in 2005 and takes place from 10.30am until 4pm on Saturday, 31 October. Keep up-to-date on all the latest news on Facebook at www. facebook.com/Regent StreetMS, on Twitter @ RegentStreetMS or via the official website regent streetmotorshow.com.