Regent Street, London W1 witnessed a preview of the Regent Street Motor Show as an Aston Martin Vanquish, a 1903 Daimler and a Renault ZOE were paraded ahead of the annual event taking place on Saturday 2 November.
The Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Committee Chairman Ben Cussons drove the veteran Daimler dressed to match the vehicle’s 1903 heritage. Renault’s leading electric powered car, the ZOE, was driven by Mark Waller, Senior Communications Manager of Renault UK.
This year’s Regent Street Motor Show will be the biggest yet with over 300 cars displayed from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus for the first time. Firmly established as the largest free motor show in the UK, the Regent Street Motor Show showcases 125 years of motoring history ranging from the pioneering automobiles from the Victorian age right up to the very latest supercars.
The traffic-free day on Regent Street will take place from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday 2 November and will celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911 as well as luxury British sport car maker Aston Martin’s centenary, represented here by the Aston Martin Vanquish described as the ultimate GT. The 911 has always been a favourite on the capital’s streets while Aston Martin was founded locally, in Henniker Mews, Chelsea, by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford way back in 1913. Other motor manufacturers including BMW and Renault will also be showcasing their latest models.
Adding to the sense of history, more than 100 extraordinary pre-1905 veteran cars, which will be driving to Brighton the following morning, will be participating in a special EFG International Concours d’Elegance staged at the north end of Regent Street.
Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee, said,
“The annual Regent Street Motor Show is a truly unique event. It is not only set in one of the world’s most famous shopping streets, right in the heart of London’s buzzing West End, but, featuring such a comprehensive collection of amazing cars, also provides a truly amazing spectacle. Now, with the road closure stretching all the way up to Oxford Circus, there will be even more eye-catching displays for all comers to enjoy come this year’s eagerly-anticipated event.”
Annie Walker, Director of the Regent Street Association, added,
“The Crown Estate’s recent investment in Regent Street has made it a must-visit shopping and dining destination, and The Regent Street Motor Show, displaying cars from the past, present and future, provides a good reason for visitors to come who possibly have no idea how the street has been transformed into the best shopping street in the West End.”
Source; Regent Street Motor Show