Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Prologue
Annual Run of original 1896 Automotive Emancipation Run
Starts: 11/02/2014
Ends: 2014-11-02
London to Brighton



Bonhams Veteran Car Run

With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the non-profit making veneration, Bonhams Veteran Car Run traveling from London to Brighton, commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 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.

The annual Run features more than 400 extraordinary automobiles dating back to the dawn of motoring.

Spectator Route Map - PDF file

 1904 De Dion Bouton

1904 De Dion Bouton - London to Brighton Media photo

Paul Hollywood along with all the other participants, will be setting out from Hyde Park just after dawn and heading for the Sussex seafront aboard a pioneering car from the pre-1905 era. He will be driving a two-seater 1904 De Dion Bouton powered by a single-cylinder 6hp engine kindly loaned by the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

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1904 De Dion Bouton - London to Brighton Media photo

Other familiar faces joining Hollywood on the historic 60-mile route include Olympic legends Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Steve Redgrave, multiple world championship winning F1 team boss Ross Brawn and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

The Run is the highlight of a long weekend of motoring nostalgia in the capital, much of it free to view. Other events include the popular free Regent Street Motor Show (Saturday, 1 November) and the annual Bonhams Veteran Car auction (Friday 31 October).

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