Re­gent Street Mo­tor Show

Vet­er­ans put on en­thralling show for the cap­i­tal

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Mur­ray Scul­lion

Big­ger, bolder, and more en­com­pass­ing than pre­vi­ous years, Lon­don’s Re­gent Street man­aged to bring in thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the big­gest free to view clas­sic event in the UK. Or­gan­is­ers showed they weren’t afraid to mix things up – as vis­i­tors en­ter­ing Re­gent Street via Ox­ford Cir­cus will have not seen any vet­eran cars on first glance – but a se­lec­tion of Lon­don’s own Tal­bot. It was re­fresh­ing to see a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the of­ten­for­got­ten brand, es­pe­cially in its home city. Fur­ther down, the Fiat 500 Club brought along a colour­ful se­lec­tion of its cars to mark the model’s 60th an­niver­sary, and one Steyr-Puch. Af­ter some ad­ver­tis­ing for the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic, the vin­tage cars be­gan.

They ar­rived in dribs and drabs, with sin­gle-cylin­der burps and twin­cylin­der chrips echo­ing through the pedes­tri­anised shop­ping dis­trict. The youth strolling down the street clasped smart phones close to them, want­ing to cap­ture ev­ery mo­ment for so­cial me­dia. Pe­riod dress seems more pop­u­lar than ever, too – with the vast ma­jor­ity of en­trants play­ing along.

Ton­neau cov­ers were hastily put on and um­brel­las were erected for most. Near-tor­ren­tial rain was not enough to dampen spir­its at the pre­cur­sor to the Lon­don to Brighton. how­ever.

Peter Read, chair­man of the RAC’s mo­tor­ing com­mit­tee, says: ‘Once again, the Re­gent Street Mo­tor Show re­ally did have some­thing for every­one, act­ing as the per­fect pre­lude to the fol­low­ing day’s Lon­don to Brighton Vet­eran Car Run.’

Colour and traffic lights aside, this evoca­tive shot could al­most have been taken decades ago.

1898 Benz, one of the old­est cars on the run and reg­is­tered in Coburg, Ger­many. A Ford Lo­tus Cortina gets stuck in traffic en-route. It would be the star at­trac­tion dur­ing the hourly West End Kids Per­for­mances.

Andrew Bai­ley and Phillipa Spiller’s 1904 Maxwell. Andrew says that he ap­pre­ci­ates the en­gi­neer­ing be­hind the hor­i­zon­tally-op­posed twin-cylin­der en­gine pow­er­ing his car.

Cars from the Fiat 500 Club helped to cel­e­brate the car’s 60th an­niver­sary – and brought flocks of peo­ple dis­in­ter­ested in vin­tage cars down Re­gent Street.

This 1967 Chevro­let Corvette stood out a mile. It joined the vet­er­ans in a bid to drum up busi­ness for Route 66 in the US.

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