London’s free motor show revs up

Posted on 30 Oct 2014 by The Manufacturer

A feast of motoring from the pioneering days to modern times is planned for Regent Street in the West End this weekend.

Pre-Christmas shopping in London’s West End will take on a different slant this Saturday (November 1) as Regent Street is turned into a huge – and free – motor show.

Cars on show will range from the pioneering vehicles from the dawn of motoring to futuristic machines from today and tomorrow, with plenty of alternative forms of power to the fore.

Hundreds of veteran cars, getting ready for Sunday’s annual Bonhams London to Brighton Run, will be taking part in the EFG International Concours d’Elegance. As well as petrol-powered vehicles, there will be veteran cars powered by steam and even an electrically powered veteran.

And while there won’t be any modern steam cars on show, there will be plenty of electric cars such as Tesla, BMW and Renault.  Among a host of latest models on show will be the BMW i3; Renault Twizy, Captur, Twingo and Zoe; Infiniti Q50, OX70 and Q50 Hybrid plus three examples of Tesla’s luxurious Model S.

Other modern car marques on show will include Mini and Morgan while there will be special tributes celebrating 50 years of the Ford Mustang as well as 40 years of the powerful Porsche 911 Turbo.

Fans of TV’s motoring show can enjoy the Top Gear experience while motorbike enthusiasts will learn all there is to know about an exciting new European classic and racing motorcycle festival, to be held next year.

Bikes raced by Freddie Spencer, Christian Sarron and Wayne Gardner will be on show and the men themselves will be there, happy to sign autographs.

Now in its tenth year, the Regent Street Motor Show is a unique showcase of motoring from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to the modern day.

This ‘mile of automotive style’ sees the famous street closed to traffic from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus for the day, so that enthusiasts, shoppers, London residents and tourists can pore over a huge variety of mouth-watering machinery embracing everything from motoring’s pioneers to the latest supercars. Last year it attracted more than 400,000 visitors.