With such a spectacular motoring showcase to relish, over half a million visitors to the recent Regent Street Motor Show – which, this year, was presented by Enjoy Illinois Route 66 – were winners as the capital’s premier shopping destination was transformed into the country’s biggest free-to-view motor show.
But while this year’s record attendance of 524,382 savoured some amazing automotive displays, some of those present did actually go home with prizes.
One lucky individual – Geoff Frost from Chesham – won a four-night holiday, including flights and accommodation to Illinois. The US state was promoting itself and its famous Route 66, America’s ‘Mother Road’, with an eye-catching display of American automotive nostalgia on Regent Street.
There were winners, too, in the annual Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance taking place in the heart of the capital on the eve of the famous Bonhams Veteran Car Run, supported by Hiscox.
This year’s judging panel was comprised of some notable experts from the veteran car world and also included TV presenters Edd China and Alan Titchmarsh.
As previously announced, after much deliberation, the judges awarded the Overall Winner’s trophy to the illustrious Darracq owned by Malcolm Ginns – a car that has a remarkable history.
Other award winners included the Museo dell’Automobile di Torino for its 1892 Peugeot Mk3 – the earliest car entered into this year’s Veteran Car Run – and David Pain’s splendid 1904 Albion Wagonette which proved most popular with the public online vote.
Full details of all Concours winners are as follows
The car which most embodies the spirit of the veteran era, in the composition of the coachwork, paintwork and upholstery:
Winner: John Worth (GB)
Car: 1900 Daimler
Sponsored by Goose Live Events and presented by CEO, Nick Wigley
For the vehicle, drivers & passengers who will be wearing appropriate period dress that, in the view of the judges, symbolises the veteran era:
Winner: David Martyr (SUI)
Car: 1900 Creanche
Sponsored by Royal Automobile Club and presented by Head of Motoring, Jeremy Vaughan
Historic Veteran Car Award
For the motor car with the most impressive provenance in either continuous ownership or historic connections:
Winner: Museo dell’Automobile di Torino (ITA)
Car: 1892 Peugeot
Sponsored by Hiscox and presented by Group CEO, Bronek Masojada
Original and/ or Unrestored Veteran Car
The vehicle which most accurately represents the specification of the vehicle when new, in every detail, this may be an unrestored vehicle:
Winner: Bernard Holmes (GB)
Car: 1902 Columbia (electric)
Sponsored by Bonhams and presented by Vice President
Group Motoring Director, Rupert Banner
The Judges Special Award
An award with no specific or technical criteria, but given to the car selected as the Judges favourite of the day for whatever reason – as they see fit:
Winner: Jonathan Procter (GB)
Car: 1898 Panhard et Lavassor
Sponsored by Abels and presented by Managing Director, John Watson
Best Presented French Car Award
A new award to celebrate French motoring as awarded by the Judges:
Winner: Domenico Paterlini (ITA)
Car: 1900 Rochet
Sponsored by the Regent Street Association and presented by: Alan Titchmarsh
The Spectator’s Choice Award
As voted by the public for their favourite veteran car of the day:
Winner: David Pain (GB)
Car: 1904 Albion Wagonette
Sponsored by Bonhams and presented by Edd China
The overall winner as nominated by the Judges.
Winner: Malcolm Ginns (GB)
Car: 1903 Darracq
Sponsored by The Crown Estate and presented by Suzanne Brennan