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1st November, 2015
As dawn breaks in England on Sunday (1st November) more than 400 intrepid
drivers and their hardy passengers will deal with whatever the weather has in store to drive 60 miles from London to
They will be at the wheel – or the tiller – of hundreds of horseless carriages, many of which were built while Queen
Victoria was still on the throne.
The first car will leave Hyde Park at 06.54 on Sunday and for the next couple of hours a huge variety of three and
four wheel veterans will stream down Constitution Hill, alongside Buckingham Palace and on to The Mall before heading
through Parliament Square and past Big Ben on their way to the coast.
The Harrods Stop at Crawley, the official half way point, will provide a welcome refreshment break in a warm, dry
environment with ample parking at the Honda dealership for the veteran cars. Honda will be emptying its forecourt and
service bays of modern cars to allow drivers to work on their veterans with assistance from RAC Motoring Services and
specialist lubricants from Total.
There are ample spectator viewing opportunities along the way, notably in Crawley High Street where a knowledgeable
commentary team will give some background on the veterans on their passage through. In addition a time control check has
been established which will provide the perfect opportunity for photos as the cars stop to have their cards “stamped”.
The first cars are expected to pass through Crawley from 08.15 with the last leaving at about 13.45. Brighton expects its
first arrival just before 10am with the last finishers ‘putt-putting’ in at 4pm.
As well as cars powered by petrol and some by steam, there will also be a few battery-powered electric vehicles making
their way to Brighton.
This year’s Run has an American theme, with a celebration of US car marques – it is anticipated that one in four cars
on the Run was built in the 'Land of the Free'. American marques taking part will be familiar names like Cadillac, Ford
and Oldsmobile alongside less well-known names such as Pope, Waverley and Northern.
And it’s a similar story as far as European marques are concerned. Renault and Vauxhall, both Manufacturer Patrons of
the Run, are entering cars from their own heritage fleets: the French firm is entering a 1900 Renault Type C while
Vauxhall is entering two vehicles, a 1903 5HP, the second oldest Vauxhall in the world, and a 1904 6HP.
Other familiar names include Peugeot and Benz but the rest of the field include long lost marques such as Bolide,
Gladiator and De Dion Bouton. The oldest car on the Run is the 1888 Truchetet and one of the rarest is the 1901 Isotta
Fraschini, the actual first car made by the Italian firm and which has never been seen in the UK before.
“The Bonhams Veteran Car Run is a glorious celebration of the motor car and a tribute to those pioneering
‘automobilists’ without whom motoring today might be very different,” said Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club’s
Steering Group for the Veteran Car Run, Ben Cussons.
“I’d also like to say a special ‘thank you’ to all those taking part in the Run: we think nothing of driving the 60
miles to Brighton in a modern car, but to undertake the trip in a sometimes temperamental vehicle that’s at least 110
years old with rudimentary brakes, steering and suspension and no weather protection takes a special kind of person.”
The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor
Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes a Motoring Forum, Book of
the Year Awards and the Regent Street Motor Show.
About the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the Bonhams Veteran Car Run travelling from London to Brighton (staged
specifically as a non-profit making veneration) commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14th November 1896, which celebrated
the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph, and abolished
the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.
The Emancipation Run was first commemorated in 1897 with a re-enactment following the same route in 1927 and has taken
place every November since, with the exception of the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed. The Royal Automobile
Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.