Regent Street Motor Show
Veterans put on enthralling show for the capital
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.