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PRESS RELEASE 15/10/2013

STREETS PAVED WITH GOLDEN MEMORIES

Since its introduction in 2005, the EFG International Concours d’Elegance has become one of the major highlights of the annual Regent Street Motor Show, the UK’s largest free to view motor show. 

Since its introduction in 2005, the EFG International Concours d’Elegance has become one of the major highlights of the annual Regent Street Motor Show, the UK’s largest free to view motor show.
 
Showcasing many of the extraordinary pre-1905 cars taking part in the following day’s staging of the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, this year’s Concours on Saturday 2 November, will feature no fewer than 100 of the finest vehicles dating back to the dawn of motoring.
 
With this year’s Regent Street Motor Show extended from Piccadilly Circus right up to Oxford Circus for the very first time, the historic gathering will be sited to the northern end of Regent Street, which is closed to traffic for the day to allow more than a quarter of a million viewers a fabulous opportunity to see all these charismatic and captivating cars up close.
 
The public can also vote for their favourite veteran car on the day as one of six special awards presented along with an Overall Winner. All those voting also will be automatically entered into a free prize draw with the lucky winner collecting a £2,000 Regent Street shopping voucher, a night’s accommodation for two at a leading West End hotel plus dinner for two at Brasserie Zedel in London W1.
 
Judged by a panel of expert judges, the remaining Concours categories include awards for cars with the most impressive provenance and in the most original condition as well as for drivers and passengers wearing the best period clothing. Last year overall victor was a 1902 Napier with the number plate HE 1 owned by Mr Clive Boothman.
 
While a certain crowd pleaser, the evocative EFG International Concours d’Elegance is just one of many attractions that make up this year’s enlarged Regent Street Motor Show. Other confirmed highlights include a special display of 100 Aston Martins to celebrate the iconic marque’s centenary year. Another anniversary being honoured is 50 years of the evergreen Porsche 911.
 
The dedicated Manufacturer Zone located further south on Regent Street’s architecturally stunning curve will include the latest models from companies such as BMW and Renault while the special Future Car display will put the spotlight on the cars of tomorrow.   
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“The annual Regent Street Motor Show really is a truly unique event with something for everyone,” said Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee. “While the sight of so many Aston Martins and Porsches will be eye-catching even for those in central London, it’s the astonishing collection of veteran cars in the EFG International Concours d’Elegance that makes this such a special event. The prestigious and historic setting just adds to what’s already a remarkable and magical atmosphere.”

EFG INTERNATIONAL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
 
Concours d’Elegance
Sponsored by EFG International
For the vehicle which most embodies the spirit of the veteran era in the composition of the coachwork, paintwork and upholstery.
 
Concours d’Equipe
Sponsored by The Royal Automobile Club
For the vehicle, drivers and passengers wearing appropriate period dress that most symbolises the veteran era.
 
Historic Veteran Car Award
Sponsored by Hagerty Classic Car Insurance
For the motor car with the most impressive provenance in either continuous ownership or historic connections.
 
Most Original and/or Unrestored Veteran Car
Sponsored by Bonhams
For the vehicle that most accurately represents the specification of the vehicle when new in every detail.
 
The Judges’ Special Award
Sponsored by Abels Moving Services Ltd
An award with no specific or technical criteria given to the car selected as the Judges’ favourite.
 
The Spectators’ Special Award
Sponsored by Octane Magazine
An award voted by the public for their favourite veteran car on display.
 
The Overall Winner
Sponsored by Tindle Newspapers
The overall winner as nominated by the panel of expert judges.

For more information visit the official Regent Street Motor Show website: http://www.regentstreetmotorshow.com 
 
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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
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Editor's Notes

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 3 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.
 
Accreditation: 
Media requiring  accreditation for either the Veteran Car Run or the Regent Street Motor Show should email requests directly to mailto:vcrmedia@mpacreative.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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