Highlights from the 2015 Regent Street Motor Show in London

It all seems but a distant memory now but last weekend was one of the busiest we’ve had in a while, cramming in 3 car events in 3 days. In between the Classic and Sports Car The London Show on the Friday and the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on the Sunday was the Regent Street Motor Show which took place last Saturday. We went to the show last year and thought we’d pop along again to see what cars were on display.

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We arrived not long after the show had opened at 10.30am and Regent Street was already buzzing with throngs of people filling the temporarily pedestrianised street. Taking centre stage was the EFG International Concours d’Elegance which was the precursor to the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (watch our film of the run here).

Over 100 vintage cars from the late 19th century and the early 20th century lined the centre of Regent Street, with their owners standing proudly next to their rare motors. Period dress was of course all part of the event with many Veteran Run participants dressing up for the occasion.

Like last year there was a real sense of fun and a great atmosphere on the street with young and old enjoying the wonders of vintage motoring. The bright blue skies and sunshine also added to the cheer among the crowd.

While wandering through the displays we bumped into Ross Brawn again (having met him the day before at Alexandra Palace). He was one of the concours judges for the event and we had a quick chat with him about the run and Formula E. Wheeler Dealers Edd China was also back this year as a concours judge.

The other star attraction was the striking new Aston Martin DB10 from the new James Bond film Spectre. It was unsurprisingly extremely popular and drew lots of attention from both car enthusiasts and passing shoppers. Only 10 of these cars have been built specially for the new Bond film so we were lucky to get the opportunity to see one in the flesh.

Apparently there are no plans for the DB10 to go into full production but given the reaction to this very futuristic Aston Martin, we’ll just have to wait and see whether the Newport Pagnell outfit will change their minds.

We were also extremely excited to see the one and only 1962 Ferrari 250 SWB GT “Breadvan” on display. This period racing Ferrari is a one of a kind design created by Count Giovanni Volpi. He owned the Scuderia Serenissima Racing Team and used the car to compete against other Ferrari 250s. Seeing such a rare, historic and controversial Ferrari in the flesh was quite something.

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The famous Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan.

So the Regent Street Motor Show is over for another year. It was another fun outing and despite the crowds we managed to get a few decent photos on the day. Fingers crossed the weather will be just as good next year.

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There was hardly any room to move on Regent Street it was so busy.
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An original K424 London Bus from 1920 made the trip over from the London Transport Museum.



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The steam powered 1903 White was a Concours d’Elegance winner last year.
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I say your hood ornament has a very fetching mustache.
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A 1904 curved dash Oldsmobile.
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The detailing on these old brass cars is fantastic.
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Mechanical oil pumps weren’t standard on many vintage cars, requiring the driver/passenger to manually pump themselves.
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You can’t get more minimal than this 1904 “Buckboard” Orient.
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Just a 1 cylinder 6 HP engine in this 1904 De Dion Bouton. It is tiny!
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The petrol/oil bowls on this 1898 Henriod look like something out of a chemistry laboratory.
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Regent Street reflected in one of the brass lanterns.
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This 1902 Darracq looked very cheery in yellow.
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Some more brass car reflections.
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Foot step from a 1904 Fiat.
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Some detailing from the 1904 Fiat. It is believed to be the only surviving 40 HP example.
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This 1904 Oldsmobile looked right at home amongst the grand buildings of Regent Street.
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One of this years concours winners, a 1904 De Dion Bouton.
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Vintage caps and goggles were all the rage for the veteran owners.
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Even the ladies dressed up for the occasion.
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We loved this fur coat. It was needed in the cold fog the next day.
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The Dachshund from last year was back for another concours event.
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Another concours winner on the move to line up for his prize.
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Another fine period tweed outfit and cap/goggles combo.
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The owner of the 1904 curved dash Oldsmobile striking a pose.
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This remarkable Ferrari was designed by the great Giotto Bizzarrini.
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The rear that earned it the “breadvan” nickname was an effort to make the car more aerodynamic.
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The loud exhausts that once got its former owner, German playboy Gunter Sachs, arrested for taunting police in St Tropez.
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Six Weber down draft carbs. Six!
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There is lots of great detailing on this racing Ferrari.
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Classic Ferrari wire wheels and knockoffs looks great on the Breadvan.
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Enzo Ferrari himself refused to sell Count Volpi a new 250 GTO as he had hired ex-Ferrari engineers for his project.
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The Breadvan was based on a standard Ferrari 250 GT SWB and was much lower as well. The extended rear followed Kamm aerodynamic theory.

If you missed our Highlights of the 2014 Regent Street Motor Show you can view it here

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