One of London's busiest shopping districts finds itself shut down as veteran classics and modern supercars take over
4 November 2013

This weekend marked the fourth Regent Street Motor Show.

London’s premier shopping street was closed for most of the day to allow a display featuring hundreds of cars. The lineup included quite a number of the veteran models due to take part in the London-to-Brighton Run on the Sunday (this year’s event is the 117th) as well as more modern models.

For the previous three years, most of the cars at the Saturday Regent Street Motor Show have been futuristic electric and hydrogen-powered cars, which had taken part in that morning's Brighton to London RAC ‘Future Car’ run. This year, sadly, the Future Car run was dropped.

However, the gap was filled by a big effort from the Aston Martin owners' club and Aston’s own factory models. Aston also had its Vantage GT3 racer on display, right outside the under-construction Hackett shop. The gentleman’s outfitters is one of the sponsors of the GT3 race car.

Renault and BMW were also present, the French company displaying the new Zoe electric car and BMW it’s radical i3 EV. Anybody walking from the north end of the Regent Street – where the oldest cars on the road were on display – the i3 at the south end would have experienced the full breadth of the near-130 years of the automobile industry. 

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5 November 2013
50 years of the Porsche 911 was also a feature at the lower end of the street. Lotus shop must have welcomed the extra visitors as that was handy too.

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