London’s Regent Street was closed off to traffic on Saturday – not because of more controversial plans to reduce toxic emissions – but as a celebration of cars old and new.
Dubbed the nation’s “biggest free-to-view motor show”, the Regent Street Motor Show attracted close to 400,000 visitors to see in the region of 200 vehicles on display.
As is tradition, a number of pre-1905 veteran cars gathered on the street ahead of the following day’s annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
But it wasn’t just old cars gathering on Regent Street. A number of electric cars were also on display, with visitors clamouring for a selfie in front of this BMW i8. The Go Ultra Low campaign was offering drives in a variety of electric vehicles.
Visitors to the show included Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP and Lord Mayor of Westminster Ian Adams.
Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh helped judge the Overall Winner’s trophy, choosing this dark green 4-cylinder Darracq owned by Malcolm Ginns as a worthy winner. It’s got quite a history, taking part in the ‘race of death’ between Paris and Madrid in 1903. The notorious race was halted after it had racked up the largest death toll ever recorded in motor sport.
In keeping with the low-emission theme, Harrods was displaying a battery-powered 1901 Pope Waverley delivery van.
The Fiat 500 Club was in attendance, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the iconic Italian city car.
The show is an annual event on the capital’s event calendar, held since 2005.
“Once again, the Regent Street Motor Show really did have something for everyone, acting as the perfect prelude to tomorrow’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run,” said Peter Read, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Committee.
“The annual event goes from strength to strength and marks one of the highlights of the Club’s London Motor Week – a seven-day celebration full of motoring events staged by the Royal Automobile Club, which culminates as hundreds of these wonderful veteran cars reach the Sussex coast on Sunday afternoon.”
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