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Regent Street Motor Show Dazzles Londoners

By Paul Joseph

The prestigious London shopping avenue of Regent Street was once again transformed into a car extravaganza last weekend for the 2019 edition of the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show.

Celebrating its bi-centenary, the event was widely hailed as the biggest and best yet, featuring the complete evolution of motoring from the pioneering horseless carriages of the Victorian era all the way through to the latest generation of electric cars and motorbikes.

Adding to the celebrations, the significant birthdays of several much-loved automotive icons were also honoured with special displays along Regent Street, which was pedestrianised from Piccadilly to Oxford Circus for the occasion. Milestones marked included 60 years of the Mini and 50 years of the Ford Capri.

Other highlights included the International Concours d’Elegance, which saw more than 100 innovative pre-1905 vehicles on display before taking part in the post-event Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, among which a 1901 Pope Waverley electric vehicle grabbed plenty of attention.

For fans of two wheels rather than four, Ducati were on hand with a number of their revered Italian icons, while the legendary US ‘easy riders’, Harley-Davidson, were exhibiting their all-new 2020 LiveWire electric motorcycle.

“The Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motoe Show is always a stand-out date on the UK motoring calendar,” said Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club. 

“No other event embraces the entire evolution of motoring quite so well and, with the industry entering another era of innovation, this year’s show takes on even more significance.”

The event also offered a treasure trove of engaging activities and attractions for younger visitors, including a dedicated Kids Zone complete with Top Gear Experience Simulator, a 1930s red fire engine, live music, and electric go-karts.

By Paul Joseph