Next month’s Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show in central London on Saturday 3 November really will have something for all-comers of all ages and all interests.
To entertain a younger audience, now comes the addition of a special Kids’ Zone. The country’s most popular free-to-view motor show has always included many children’s pursuits but never before have these been positioned together to create a dedicated attraction. Bringing extra excitement, the newly created Kids Zone will be home to even more activities and amusements than ever before.
TrackStars is one of several new additions offering those aged between four- and ten-years-old some highly enjoyable and safe karting action. What’s more the battery-powered karts are environmentally friendly, near silent in operation and, being easy to drive, loved by children.
Aimed at a slightly more mature audience – those aged nine- to 25-years-old – Greenpower challenges young people to design, build and, ultimately, race an electric car. Events are held up and down the country engaging 10,000 students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. Sparking further interest, a number of these inspirational Greenpower racers will be providing show-goers with a great insight into the initiative, while a pit-stop challenge provides an extra interactive element to the display.
For movie lovers and selfie seekers, the Kids Zone will also star a modified DeLorean ‘time machine’ straight from the Back to the Future film-set complete with gull-wing doors, flux capacitor and, who knows, perhaps even a plutonium powered engine. A very photogenic 1930’s red fire engine and crew will be at hand to provide another perfect picture opportunity.
Other eye-catching attractions in the Kids’ Zone include the always popular Top Gear Experience simulator and regular appearances by the West End Kids elite song and dance troupe.
Scalextric will be demonstrating an impressive layout for racers of all ages to play for free. It will feature aspects of their latest technology in ARC AIR, with state-of-the-art gameplay which presents drivers with the option of recreating adverse weather conditions and race incidents with the added ease of wireless controllers. The racing system will be set up outside Hamleys, the world’s oldest and largest toy shop – one of the many flagship stores located on Regent Street.
Meanwhile, more venerable visitors with a natural love for nostalgia, will be able to savour dazzling collections of much-loved classic cars plus the super-evocative veteran car Concours d’Elegance featuring more than 100 of the pioneering horseless carriages that are participating in the following day’s annual Bonhams London to Brighton Run supported by Hiscox.
“Offering totally free admission and set right in the busy heart of London, the Regent Street Motor Show never fails to attract a massive family audience,” said Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club. “The creation of this wonderful new Kids’ Zone will not only give children their very own entertainment area but fuel their imaginations. It’s all set to become yet another highly popular component of what’s already the country’s best attended car-themed event.”
With the world famous shopping destination closed to through traffic from Piccadilly to Oxford Circuses, Regent Street provides the perfect pedestrianised setting for families to enjoy the show. Many of the 500,000+ visitors will also take the opportunity to enjoy some pre-Christmas retail therapy in many of the celebrated street’s famous stores.
The Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show – open from 10:30 to 16:00 – is a key event in the week-long London Motor Week run by the Royal Automobile Club.