PRESS RELEASE 23/10/2013
Regent Street welcomes Aston Martin, Daimler and Renault
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.
“The annual Regent Street Motor Show is a truly unique event,” said Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee. “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, said: “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.”
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Regent Street Motor Show:
The annual Regent Street Motor Show is a unique free-to-view London motor show in one of the capital city's most famous streets. Displaying over 300 cars spanning 125 years of motoring from the earliest 19th Century veterans to the very latest supercars, it stretches from Piccadilly Circus in the south to Oxford Circus in the north. The event on Saturday 2 November previews the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and includes a special Concours featuring many of the extraordinary pre-1905 vehicles that will be driving from Hyde Park to the Sussex seaside resort on the following day.
Veteran Car Run:
With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run sponsored by Tindle Newspapers and Bonhams (staged specifically as a non-profit making veneration) commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph, and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man onfoot waving a red flag. The Emancipation Run was first re-enacted in 1927 and has taken place every November since, with the exception of the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club since 1930.
The Royal Automobile Club:
Founded in 1897, the Royal Automobile Club's continuous support and promotion of the development of motoring in Great Britain began with the famous 1000 Mile Trial in 1900. In recent years the Club has focused on running annual free-to-spectate motor shows in the country including the Regent Street Motor Show, and the world's oldest motoring event – the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which will take place on Sunday 3 November 2013. For more information visit: http://www.veterancarrun.com.
The Royal Automobile Club also awards a series of famous trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Tourist Trophy, the Simms Medal and the Dewar Trophy.
Media requiring accreditation for either the Veteran Car Run or the Regent Street Motor Show should email requests directly to email@example.com. Evidence of previous coverage would assist your application. A limited number of passenger seats are available for key media wishing to experience the full appeal of the unique Veteran Car Run. For the Regent Street Motor Show a small media office facility is available within Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED.
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