PRESS RELEASE 26/09/2013
THE UK'S LARGEST FREE MOTOR SHOW GETS EVEN LARGER!
This year’s Regent Street Motor Show (Saturday 2 November) will be the biggest yet with the display area in London’s busy West End extended from Piccadilly Circus right up to Oxford Circus for the very first time.
Already 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 Victorian times right up to the very latest supercars.
Held on the Saturday immediately before the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (Sunday 3 November) which starts in Hyde Park, the Regent Street Motor Show is part of a massive free weekend of motoring hosted by the Royal Automobile Club.
Although all the world famous shops are open for business, Regent Street is closed to traffic all day providing the hundreds of thousands of shoppers, Londoners and tourists, a unique – and totally free – chance to savour some sparkling automotive displays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Among this year’s highlights will be special showcases celebrating 50 years of the iconic Porsche 911 and 100 years of the legendary Aston Martin marque. The 911 has always been a favourite on the capital’s streets while Aston Martin was founded locally in 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 of extraordinary pre-1905 veteran cars driving to Brighton on 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.”
“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,” added Annie Walker, Director of the Regent Street Association.
More detailed information will be announced in the weeks running up to the 2013 Regent Street Motor Show.
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 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 (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 on foot 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: 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 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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