If you’re in London for a short-break over the coming weeks – and at a loss of what to do for a few hours on Saturday 3rd November (or just likely to be in the West End that day), then you really should pop down Regent Street. Why? Well, yes, this extremely elegant thoroughfare’s brimming with high-class retail outlets set in a long stretch of mock-Regency buildings all of which are worth checking out (among them Burberry, Aquascutum, the iconic Hamleys toy shop and the UK’s flagship Apple Store), but that day it’ll also be hosting the Regent Street Motor Show.
Very easy to get should you make the base for your London stay accommodation in Chelsea London (such as the San Domenico House hotel Chelsea), this annual motor show is the biggest of its kind in Britain; showcasing, as it does, up to 125 years of motoring history and with more than 100 individual vehicles on display, including some of the latest and most impressive low-emission-technology-featuring cars, as well as some of the oldest on the road today. There’s also set to be live music, dance performances and motorbikes stunt all along the for-one-day-only-traffic-free street.
Note; the show’s set to take place between 10.30am and 4pm and, being as Regent Street is a public thoroughfare, entry to the event is entirely free for everyone who comes along. The show will be split into three main sections…
Today, celebrating the 120th year of its existence, Renault sells in excess of 2.5 million vehicles annually in 128 different countries. The range of its vehicles on display will include household favourites the Clio and the Mégane, as well as the new crossover, the Captur. Additionally, Renault’s affordable, all-electric offerings, including Twizy and ZOE, are set to be make appearances. Be sure to pop along as well to get a good up-close look at Triumph Motorcycles’ latest line-up, which includes the Tiger 800 and 1200, the Speed Triple RS and the Bobber Black.
Bonhams Veteran Car Zone
Lovingly restored by their vintage vehicle-mad owners, the motors that’ll make up this veteran car zone are set to be a nostalgic jewel in the crown of the motor show, not least because the machines will be joined by their owners themselves, all playfully decked out in period dress (ideal then for souvenir snaps and selfies taken with those among them who prove accommodating!).
Making up a part of this section of the show will be the Concours d’Elegance, a competition in which all the vintage motor vehicles will be judged in different categories by an expert panel – naturally the winners will be given their awards in a ‘winners’ enclosure (set to take place between 2.45pm and 3.15pm).
The Jaguar Owners’ Club will be supporting the motor show this year, just as they have previously, and it’s fully expected classic Jaguar vehicles of years past – many of them marking significant milestones in 2018 – will be exhibited. What to expect? Well, there’ll no doubt be the XK 120 sportscar (in which Jaguar launched its six-cylinder engine) and the Mark V saloon, both of which are 70-years-old. Also, on display’ll be the original, golden jubilee-celebrating XJ saloon – a name that’s been repeated through many iterations and generations of Jaguar cars, testament to the success and popularity of the very first.
This section of the show will also see input from the world-famous Knightsbridge department store Harrods. How so? Well, the exclusive retail establishment enjoys a long-running association with the London to Brighton Car Run (one that stretches all the way back to 1898, in fact). Indeed, this is an event that, in recent years, has been connected to the motor show via its rebranding as the Bonhams London to Brighton Car Run – and this year’s run takes place the following day, Sunday 3rd November, and it’ll likely involve a number of the vintage vehicles on display at this event. Indeed, it’ll be Harrods that’ll be hosting this year’s popular Participants’ Reception, set to take place in the evening after the show and before the Run. If you’re lucky enough to be attending, don’t miss it!