The Talbot Owners’ Club has been invited to stage a display at the Regent Street Motor Show to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the ending of full scale car manufacture in London. The general theme of the display being ‘The Invincible Talbot - London’s Own Car’
For those not familiar with the Regent Street Motor Show, it is held on the first Saturday in November, the day before the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Regent Street is pedestrianised for the day from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. The show is open to the public from 10.30am to 4.00pm. On display are some of the earliest cars ever made, dating from the 1890’s, to 21st century cars of the future.
The highlight of the show (apart from the TOC display!!) is the display of 100 veteran cars, all manufactured prior to 1905, which will also be participating in the veteran car run the next day. This is a display of veteran cars, the quality and quantity, you will not see anywhere else in the world. THE GOOD NEWS IS THE EVENT IS COMPLETELY FREE TO ATTEND.
It is an opportunity to have a great day in London with family and friends – come and go as you please, spend as little or long as you like looking at cars – interspersed with shopping and sightseeing. It is estimated up to 400,000 visitors attended last year’s show, a large majority just stumbling across it while out shopping in London for the day. The show is completely informal, with unrestricted access to most of the vehicles on display.
Talbot Owners’ Club display
Subject to final confirmation from the organisers, the TOC hopes to exhibit 12 cars and stage a display of archive material, period photographs, historic film footage of Talbots in competition and current activities of the Club in touring, rallying and racing. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of the Talbot marque and Talbot Owners’ Club.
To make the most of the event, the Club requires a rota of volunteers of TOC members and partners to meet visitors and answers questions during the day. Extensive knowledge of Talbots is definitely not required, the most common questions are: how much is it worth, how fast does it go and can I sit on the running board and take a ‘selfie’? If you are planning to come to the show and can spare one or two hours to assist with the TOC display can you please let Howard Day know with preferred times so a rota can be prepared. The more volunteers the better.
Evening Dinner and Hotel Accommodation
We are arranging an informal pre-booked supper (early evening) in the West End after the Show closes, and if you plan to join in the fun please let Howard know asap, so we can get numbers organised.
The Hilton Garden Inn, Hatton Cross is a 4 star hotel close to Heathrow, very well-reviewed, easily accessible by car, and offers very good value (optional parking as well) with double/twin room rates of £60 - £70 p night. The location is 2 minutes walk from the underground station on the Piccadilly Line for direct access to the West End. Book direct on their website, and let Howard know if you are staying. You can of course stay anywhere in Central London you wish.
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
For those staying in London overnight the Veteran Car Run takes place the following morning. Best viewing points are around Constitution Hill and Buckingham Palace between 7.00am and 8.45am. Around 450 veteran cars are due to start. Again, a display of veteran cars you will not see anywhere else in the world. For those interested in early cars, the Veteran Car Run is well worth the effort of an early start before slipping off for a well-deserved breakfast. You can then even contemplate a little retail therapy, culture, or other touristique activity – the day is yours.
HOWARD DAY (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DAVID KENWORTHY (email@example.com)