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Thursday 1st November 2012

Regent Street car show this Saturday

Sod the shopping, ogle automotive icons in the Best of British display instead



If you're able to get to central London this Saturday the Regent Street Motor Show is back offering a fine alternative to shopping.

You can't fault the setting - the normally traffic-choked street is shut and the cars are displayed along the southern length.

The display PistonHeaders should aim for this year is Best of British – cars from the last 60 years. Among the 30 on show are a Jaguar XK140, an Aston Vanquish S, Lotus Elite (we're assuming the first one!), a Morgan Aero 8 and Aeromax, an original Lotus 7, Ariel Atom, McLaren 12C and two Bristols (fnarr, etc - Ed.). If it's like last year, access to the cars is excellent.

If you're into the pre-1905 veteran cars that'll be chugging their way down to Brighton this Sunday, they'll be on display with passenger rides available to amuse the kids.

This year promises a wider range of cars
This year promises a wider range of cars
You might want to avert your eyes but there's also a strong electric car focus, with vehicles entered into the RAC Future Car Challenge returning from their start in Brighton that morning. Look out for challengers needing a last-gasp top-up from a generator, as happened last year!

According to the organisers you can have a drive of some of the electric cars. We recommend a Twizy from Renault if it's available - highly amusing.

So yes, something for everyone, including other halves who'd prefer to spend the day trying on clothes. There's even some man shopping down there - Apple, Bose and the new Lotus store.

The show is open this Saturday (Nov 3) from 10.30am to 4pm.

NickGibbs
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Escort Si-130

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At least this is a nice idea, compared to all those stupid car free days that keep springing up along these streets.

Jont999

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I wonder if Gordon Murray will be there with the T.25/T.27?

wl606

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The T27 was there last year.

405dogvan

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You seem to have mixed-up "man shopping" and "gullible idiot shopping" by including "Bose" in the same paragraph.

Oh, hang-on, Apple is there too - shiny things for shallow people...

GranCab

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Man shopping on Regent Street = nice watches and big kids' toys

1/ http://www.mappinandwebb.com/


2/ http://www.hamleys.com/
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AlexRWD

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This could be the first time I ever suggest a shopping trip to my wife biggrin

Hedgerley

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Damn, I was hoping to be on London this weekend but now can't make it. This should be a target rich (or just rich....) zone for the new Lotus store on Regent Street.

http://www.lotuscars.com/gb/lotus-world/lotus-orig...

pycraft

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Hoy, leave off the "new" (70s) Lotus Elite! It's the car of the future for us people from the past!

dvs_dave

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No TVRs....Seriously???

Contigo

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I'm there this weekend so will go for sure!

john2443

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Does Regent Street have a builders merchant, motor factor, Machine Mart? No? In which case there's no man shopping there wink

LotusOmega375D

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john2443 said:
Does Regent Street have a builders merchant, motor factor, Machine Mart? No? In which case there's no man shopping there wink
I'm sure you could find the latest must-have man-bag in that area. One of those nice Superdry ones would be lovely to mince about town with.

M666 EVO

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405dogvan said:
Apple is there too - shiny things for shallow people...
I never understand that attitude to Apple products. I am not one to queue up for hours upon hours to get the latest iPhone but having an iPad, iPhone, Macbook, Apple TV and an iTouch I think Apple are amazing and have made life easier and things more accessible - Apple haters tend to not be able to afford the products therefore have no idea how good they can be. Saying that I would not go to an Apple shop, its easier online

ANYWAY off topic, if her indoors wasn't dragging me to an Arts Fair (I know!) I would be here drooling.

Edited by M666 EVO on Thursday 1st November 17:16


Edited by M666 EVO on Thursday 1st November 17:17

chris_sw

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I usually do my best to avoid central London shopping, but I may have to make an exception for this considering I'm only 30 mins away on the tube! smile Although, after having a look at some of the prices on the Lotus website, I think I may just be browsing...

Cheib

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GranCab said:
Man shopping on Regent Street = nice watches and big kids' toys

1/ http://www.mappinandwebb.com/


2/ http://www.hamleys.com/
Proper man shopping

There's a proper hardware shop 5 mins walk away

http://goshhardware.com/shop/

and right next door there's a shop that only sell sausages.

http://www.ebiggles.co.uk/range.asp

Now that's proper man shopping.......

LordFlathead

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dvs_dave said:
No TVRs....Seriously???
Not enough room for all the recovery trucks tongue out

crbox

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My new (now 248bhp) 1962 Austin Healey 3000 Rally car will be one if the 40 'Best of British' on display, for anyone who remembers the article, about a year ago. Any fellow PH's stop and say hello!

jamoor

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M666 EVO said:
I never understand that attitude to Apple products. I am not one to queue up for hours upon hours to get the latest iPhone but having an iPad, iPhone, Macbook, Apple TV and an iTouch I think Apple are amazing and have made life easier and things more accessible - Apple haters tend to not be able to afford the products therefore have no idea how good they can be. Saying that I would not go to an Apple shop, its easier online

ANYWAY off topic, if her indoors wasn't dragging me to an Arts Fair (I know!) I would be here drooling.

Edited by M666 EVO on Thursday 1st November 17:16


Edited by M666 EVO on Thursday 1st November 17:17
Apple products are probbably the cheapest out there once you take depreciation into account.

I don't rate any of them apart from the macbooks.

fatboy18

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dvs_dave said:
No TVRs....Seriously???
Well they did say "THE BEST OF BRITISH" hehe

getmecoat
Oh, and yes I have owned one too wink



fatboy18

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Who exactly organises this car show, is it Westminster council, RAC or motor dealers? They must be able to pull some big strings getting Buses diverted and having road closures?
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