The Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is back after last year’s cancellation, this time celebrating a special 125th anniversary
Close to 300 pioneering veteran cars have already entered the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, whose route starts on The Mall in London and finishes on Madeira Drive, Brighton.
The historic pilgrimage commemorates the famous Emancipation Run of 1896, which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotive on the Highway Act, raising the speed limit for self-propelled locomotives from 4mphto 14mph and thus heralding the advent of the motor car.
Exactly 125 years on, the milestone anniversary run will see four-wheeled cars, tri-cars and motor-tricycles built before January 1, 1905 travel from capital to coast.
Models representing more than 50 marques are already confirmed, with some, such as Mercedes, Cadillac, Ford, Renault and Peugeot, still familiar on our roads today. However, others such as Century, Crestmobile, Elmore, Gladiator, Napoleon, Rexette and Minerva have fallen by the wayside.
“It’s this extraordinary mix of all these pioneering brands that makes the London to Brighton Run such an incredible and unique event,” enthused Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club.
Many more veteran vehicles are certain to be added as the days count down to this year’s event, which is even more eagerly anticipated following last November’s enforced cancelation. What’s more, more than 100 owners have also registered for the previous day’s Veteran Car Concours, a highlight of The Regent Street Motor Show.
More information on the run can be found on the official London to Brighton Veteran Car Run website.