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For thousands of motoring aficionados the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is one of the highlights of the year. The route from Hyde Park Corner to Madeira Drive is thronged by many clubs, associations, individuals and families who turn out to celebrate this hardy perennial treat.
In 1896 the first run from the Metropole Hotel in London to the Metropole Hotel in Brighton was a celebration of new-found freedom for motorists, granted by the 'Locomotives on the Highway Act', which raised the speed limit of automobiles to 14mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot carrying a flag of warning.
In 1927 the Emancipation Run was re-enacted under the auspices of the popular publication, the Daily Sketch, and from 1930 organisation passed to the Royal Automobile Club. The entry list has grown from the original 33 cars to more than 500 – all of which must have been registered prior to January 11905. Many celebrities and members of the royal family have enjoyed taking part in the event – including Her Majesty The Queen in 1971 – and this year is no exception.
The first car in the Veteran Car Run leaves Hyde Park on Sunday morning at sunrise (06:58am) and the 550 drivers taking part will attempt to cross the finish-line in Madeira Drive, Brighton before 4.30pm. As one of the largest free events in the country it will be supported by tens of thousands of spectators along the entire length of the route.
For further information on either participating or spectating, visit www.lbvcr.com.
After the huge success of last year’s biggest ever Regent Street Motor Show, the date for the 2014 automotive extravaganza in Central London has been announced as Saturday 1 November.
After the huge success of last year’s biggest ever Regent Street Motor Show, the date for the 2014 automotive extravaganza in Central London has been announced as Saturday 1 November. Once again the world famous West End shopping street will be closed to traffic for what’s firmly established as the UK’s largest free-to-view motor show. In 2013, the traffic-free zone was extended to stretch from Piccadilly Circus right up to Oxford Circus for the very first time. The expansion proved massively popular with in excess of 400,000 visitors savouring a mile of sparkling displays which featured no fewer than 300 iconic cars from past, present and future eras. “The Regent Street Motor Show is now a firm fixture in London’s calendar of events attracting visitors from around the UK and overseas,” said Annie Walker, Director of the Regent Street Association. “The event has developed over the years and visitors now come to expect not only the fantastic display of pre-1905 veteran cars, but an exhibition of vehicles from the past present and future. With the consistent high standard and quality of the event each year, it is no surprise that it attracts thousands motoring enthusiasts and shoppers to Regent Street on the day. Timed to coincide with the annual running of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the 2014 Regent Street Motor Show – a Royal Automobile Club event – will again include a large number of the amazing pre-1905 cars in the coveted EFG Concours d'Elegance. This grand arrary of veteran cars will then be heading off early from Hyde Park the following morning (Sunday 2 November) as they make their way to the Sussex coast. This year’s Regent Street Motor Show now will build on previous successes with even more exciting and interactive line-up of displays and exhibits to be announced in the coming weeks and months. For more information visit the official Regent Street Motor Show website: www.regentstreetmotorshow.com.
The 2013 Veteran Car Run included a regular outing for the Wood family, who Ben Portus followed from beginning to end. Here is his account of their day.
The 2013 Veteran Car Run included a regular outing for the Wood family, who Ben Portus followed from beginning to end. Here is his account of their day.The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has become a firm family tradition for Paul Wood, from P&A Wood Rolls-Royce and Bentley Heritage Dealers in Great Easton, Essex. This year Paul completed his 10th consecutive successful run in his 10 horse power 1901 Decauville, with wife Valerie in the passenger seat as always, and both his daughters driving their own veteran vehicles. The Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealer and enthusiast acquired his veteran car because it’s identical to the one Sir Henry Royce owned which inspired him to build the first Royce 10hp back in 1904 – the same vehicle that so impressed Hon. Charles Rolls and led to the famous Rolls-Royce brand. Having completed several runs in Paul’s Decauville, the Wood family added to their veteran collection, first in 2007 with Georgina Wood's 1903 De Dion Bouton, and then again in 2009 with Gillian's 1903 Oldsmobile.To read the story in full click here.
Hundreds of machines from the dawn of motoring light up the 2013 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
Hundreds of machines from the dawn of motoring light up the 2013 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Commemorating the original Emancipation Run of November 1896, this year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (Sunday 3 November) was special even by its historic standards as the longest running and greatest of all motoring celebrations. For the very first time, the field of close to 400 extraordinary machines all dating back to before 1905 was headed by a trio of legendary racing Napiers. Although examples of these early competition cars have participated in the past, never before have three lined up together, thus recreating the pioneering British team that contested the famous Gordon Bennett Cup races held at the start of the last century.
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