Motoring enthusiasts, shoppers and Londoners savoured a sunny but chilly Regent Street on Saturday 5 November to discover the busy shopping destination had been turned into a time machine for the day.
Following the premiere of the new Bond film Spectre, 007's latest car - the bespoke Aston Martin DB10 - will be one of the star attractions of the annual free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show in London.
Created specially for the movie, the hand-built DB10 is the latest in a long line of Aston Martins to have been driven by UK's favourite secret agent. Bond's first Aston was the famous DB5 from Goldfinger in 1964. As well as the DB10, Aston Martin will also be displaying a number of cars from its current model range including the latest DB9 GT, limited edition Vantage GT12 and a four-door Rapide S.
Enticing as many as 350,000 visitors last year, London's premier shopping street is closed to traffic for the day to allow cars from the past, present and future to be displayed. The Show's centrepiece will be a display of more than 100 veteran cars all taking part in the EFG International Concours d'Elegance. Many owners and their passengers will be in period costume, preparing themselves for the famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which sets off from nearby Hyde Park early the following morning (Sunday, 1 November).
The veterans will be rubbing shoulders with classic cars, bikes, new cars and futuristic 'low or no' emission electric and hybrid vehicles. The latter display is backed by two organisations helping to shape our motoring future - Go Ultra Low and Transport for London (TfL).
The Regent Street Motor Show takes place from 10:30 until 16:00 on Saturday 31 October and is just one element in the Royal Automobile Club's London Motor Week, seven days when the capital honours cars.
The Regent Street Motor Show is set to make its return on Saturday 31 October.
Described as the largest free-to-view motor show in the UK, it showcases 125 years of motoring history on one of London's most iconic shopping streets.
On the day of the Show, Regent Street will be closed to through traffic from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, providing a safe environment for visitors.
"The Regent Street Motor Show is now established as a great day out for all the family, and is a real celebration of more than a century of our motoring history," said Peter Foubister, Motoring Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club.
Among the highlights, the 2015 event will celebrate the earliest days of motoring with the pre-1905 veteran cars on display as part of the EFG International Concours d'Elegance.
Motoring enthusiasts from around the world attend the Show each year and in 2014, 17 per cent visited from overseas while just over half the Show visitors came from closer to home, attending from the Greater London area.
A variety of exhibits ranging from the horseless carriages from the dawn of motoring to the cars of today and tomorrow are designed to capture the imagination of visitors - whether they have come specifically to see the show or simply catch it while out shopping.
The Show takes place from 10:30am until 4pm on Saturday 31 October.