Event Report – Regent Street Motor Show 2017

Reader Russell Browne sent in these pictures from the recent Regent Street Motor Show.  This show was held on November 4, 2017, on Regent Street in London from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus.

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From the show organizers, we have some details…

Motoring enthusiasts, shoppers and Londoners savoured a Saturday to remember on Regent Street as the capital’s premier shopping destination was transformed into the country’s biggest free-to-view motor show.

As tradition now dictates, the famed street was closed to through traffic for the first Saturday in November and the road filled with a glittering collection of cars from the past, the present and the future. With city motoring currently in the political spotlight, it was no surprise that those attending this year included the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport and Ian Adams, the Lord Mayor of Westminster joined by their respective wife and Consort.

Providing all-comers with a timeless showcase, close on 200 vehicles from the days of the horseless carriage, through the classic years right up to the battery and hydrogen-powered cars we will all be driving in the future, were all taking part in the annual Regent Street Motor Show which, this year, was presented by Enjoy Illinois Route 66.

Taking centre stage at the Show, though, were around 100 pioneers ­dating back to the dawn of motoring – all built before 1905. They and their passengers, many in period costume, were taking part in the annual Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance prior to setting off at dawn on Sunday morning for the time-honoured pilgrimage from London to Brighton in the famous Bonhams Veteran Car run, supported by Hiscox.

Further up Regent Street, and bringing the motoring story up to date, were displays of modern cars and bikes from companies including Renault and Triumph.

Motoring’s classic years, meanwhile, were represented by the Fiat 500 Club celebrating the 60th birthday of Italy’s iconic city car with colourful collection of original superminis including a rare Giardiniera and 500 Saloon. Closer to Piccadilly Circus, another very special display paid homage to London-built Talbots from the twenties and thirties.

Again, we would like to thank our reader Russell Browne for these great photos.

Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British

Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car enthusiast, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 and a 1977 MGB. But there is always room for more - no matter what his wife says.