London Motor Week 2017
The Club’s annual London Motor Week kicked off on Monday 30 October with a fascinating display of innovative automotive design, as post-graduate Art and Design students of the Royal College of Art’s Intelligent Mobility MA presented their ideas on how they visualise autonomous motoring in London in 2030, meeting mobility needs for people who are currently excluded or poorly served by disability or other constraints.
On the same evening, members were welcomed to Pall Mall for an evening with former racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck, who provided a personal and unique insight into his passion for motor racing and his face-paced career.
Tuesday 31 October saw the Club play host to a series of motoring lectures, bringing together some of the finest experts in the field of motoring and motorsport. This year’s speakers included renowned German racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck, Board of Management for Production at BMW Oliver Zipse, Chairman of Prodrive David Richards CBE and Dr Craig Horner of Manchester University.
During the same day, some of Europe’s finest motoring artists gathered at the Mall Galleries for the private view of the Art of Motoring exhibition, featuring sculptures, figurative art, lightboxes and abstraction. A lively evening followed a speech by the Head of the Motoring Committee, Peter Read. Among the artists in attendance were Geoff Bolam, Tim Layzell, Neil Collins, Klaus Wagger and Robin Bark.
Later that evening, the Club welcomed special guest Jean Todt to its annual London Motor Week Dinner, where he gave guests a unique and personal insight into his adventurous life in motorsport.
The Club proudly announced the recipients of the prestigious Dewar Trophy and Simms Medal for 2017 as Jaguar Land Rover and the HIPERCAR Consortium in a special presentation on Wednesday 1 November. This was followed by Damon Hill receiving the Club’s 2017 Motoring Book of the Year award. The 1996 Formula 1 World Champion – and one-time London motorcycle courier – was on hand to receive the prestigious award for his entertaining and revealing autobiography at a special ceremony held at Pall Mall.
As a firm favourite of the London Motor Week festivities, the Club’s Motoring Forum, now in its sixth year, didn’t fail to impress on Thursday 2 November. Members were treated to fascinating presentations on a variety of automotive and motorsport-related topics before enjoying a entertaining quiz to finish.
The RAC Foundation’s ‘Data, driven’ event on the same day saw some sixty academics, analysts and policy advisers from Whitehall gather in the Committee Room to share information about the latest motoring-related analysis and research, including the RAC’s chief engineer David Bizley presenting on the findings in this year’s annual Report on Motoring. The presentations were well-received and the event concluded with a lively networking session over a buffet lunch in the Segrave Room. Part of the Foundation’s work involves making connections between those conducting research and the policy-makers advising on the initiatives that impact us all as motorists and road users.
Motoring enthusiasts, shoppers and Londoners savoured a Saturday to remember on 4 November as Regent Street was transformed into the country’s biggest free-to-view motor show. The road provided a timeless showcase as it filled with some 200 cars from the past, present and future. Visitors this year included the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport and Ian Adams, the Lord Mayor of Westminster.
The Overall Winner’s trophy was awarded by Alan Titchmarsh and the rest of the panel of experts to the extraordinary dark green 4-cylinder Darrocq owned by Malcolm Ginns. Other displays included modern cars and bikes from the likes of Renault and Triumph and a preview of the biggest classic motor sport event on the calendar, the Silverstone Classic – while test drives were offered in a wide range of contemporary battery-powered electric vehicles.
More than 400 pioneering veteran cars, their drivers and passengers gathered in Hyde Park on Sunday 5 November waiting for daybreak to signal the start of the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the longest running motoring event in the world.
This year, the Run featured the largest entry in recent years, staged by the Club as it has been since 1930. Although a number of cars were diverted following a road traffic accident involving one of the participating vehicles, 315 of the 401 starters made it to Brighton to claim a finisher’s medal.
The Run marked the end of this year’s London Motor Week.
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