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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

The world’s longest running motoring event takes place on the first Sunday of every November and still attracts large crowds, who turn out in the autumn chill to wave on the cars of yesteryear as they make their unhurried way to the south coast. The Rally commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, held to celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for "light locomotives" (aka cars) from 4 mph to 14 mph.
Thirty vehicles took part in the first Run, although only 14 actually made it to the coast, roads being much rougher in those days. The next run didn’t happen until 1927, when the motoring editor of the Daily Sketch decided to stage a re-enactment of the 1896 Run. The event has taken place annually ever since, apart from 1939-1945 and 1947, when petrol rationing was in force. Since 1930, it’s been run by The Royal Automobile Club (RAC). To be eligible, your car must have been built before 1 January 1905.

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The veteran car run cebrates the English love of eccentricity and old cars. Ever since the first run in 1896, organised to celebrate the abolition of the man with the red flag, veteran car drivers have battled their way from London to Brighton. More recently in 1953 the run was made famous by the film Geneveve, ever since then the run has grown and now some 400 plus pre 1905 cars take the raod to Brighton on the first Sunday in November every year.

Chris Rolph


I was at the finish this year on a lovely November day. Eccentric cars - eccentric owners - and absolutely wonderfully English. You see cars which are completely pampered and others which look as if they have never been touched since 1898 (or thereabouts) - yet nearly all the 500 entries made it this year. Many of these cars are handed down through generations of the same family and are treated as members of those families; hence what they have in common is that they truly loved as centenarians should be. But no news coverage - what a pity.
John Rivers-Vaughan


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PETER FAREY

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