PRESS RELEASE 18/10/2013
FROM STEAM TO ELECTRICITY: THE CHANGING FACE OF MOTORING ON SHOW IN LONDON
Motoring’s past, present and future will be rubbing wheels in the heart of London at the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 2 November.
As well as a remarkable array of veteran cars – all built before 1905 and ready for the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run the following day – the Regent Street extravaganza will include current and future models from some of the world’s leading manufacturers.
BMW, for example, will be displaying the futuristic i3 electric vehicle alongside the latest 4-Series and MINI offerings. Renault, too, will be plugging the zero emission benefits of pure electric vehicles with its ZOE and Twizy models. They will also be showcasing the all-new Clio and Captur.
With the spread of charging posts throughout the city and the bonus of congestion charge free motoring thanks to the lack of any exhaust emissions, London is fast becoming Europe’s EV capital.
Up to 100 veterans, some powered by steam, will be competing for top honours in the EFG International Concours d’Elegance, while Aston Martin and Porsche will also be looking back. Aston Martin will celebrate its centenary with a display of models from its past while Porsche turns the spotlight on the venerable 911 sports car, celebrating its 50th birthday this year.
All this activity underlines how, in four short years, the Regent Street Motor Show has become a keenly anticipated fixture on the motoring calendar which attracts more than 250,000 visitors on the day.
This year Regent Street will be closed to traffic in its entirety, from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus, with manufacturer displays on the famous Wren Crescent.
Mark Waller, Senior Communications Manager at Renault UK commented: “We have seen the Regent Street Motor Show develop in recent years and to see it extend to Oxford Circus is fantastic news. We like the relaxed atmosphere of the event along with the large number of visitors it attracts, many of whom don’t attend other motoring events and look forward to showing them our latest models.”
Sadie Taylor from BMW Park Lane and responsible for the BMW and MINI displays, said: “The Regent Street Motor Show will be the first opportunity for many to see the new BMW i3 and to learn how easy it is to go electric in London.
“We will also be showcasing the BMW 4 Series Coupé along with MINI Park Lanes head turning MINIs promising to make your jaw drop.”
For more information visit the official Regent Street Motor Show website: http://www.regentstreetmotorshow.com
For Regent Street Motor Show Media: Jonathan Gill or Deborah Tee at the Regent Street Motor Show Media Office
Tel: 01372 414120 or 07860 563000
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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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