London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2013
Sunday 3rd November
The annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is a remarkable homage to the dawn of driving that boasts huge appeal, attracting entrants from around the globe, all eager to participate in what is the world’s longest running and greatest motoring celebration. It’s a unique event – always staged on the first Sunday in November – that catches the imagination of royalty and personalities from the world of television, stage, music and sport. For everyone involved, though, it’s a rare opportunity to experience a ride in one of these extraordinary pre-1905 automobiles on the famous 60-mile run from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront in the Sussex resort of Brighton.
With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the Run (staged specifically as a non-profit making veneration) 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 re-enacted 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 since 1930 and moved the start to Hyde Park in 1936 – this year will be the 77th Anniversary of that move. The 2013 Veteran Car Run will attract as many as 500 automobiles from the dawn of motoring. As the longest running motoring event in the world, it is no surprise that 500,000 onlookers turn out to enjoy a genuine and free to view spectacle and in line with tradition, the event takes place as close as possible to the date of the original 1896 run. Whilst the weather may be capricious, it does produce the most splendid display of motoring apparel as many drivers and passengers dress in period clothing to complement their cars.
Special news about this years event:
A New Challenge For the first time in its 117-year history, the 2013 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will have a competitive element. Currently the only aim is to cover the 60 miles from London’s Hyde Park to Brighton’s Madeira Drive without mishap. For most participants, merely arriving at Brighton is sufficient reward. But this year, for the first time ever on the Run, jointly sponsored by Tindle Newspapers and Bonhams, there will be winners. The Royal Automobile Club is delighted to announce that a Regularity Trial will be included which demands that entrants maintain a specific average speed over the event, with penalties for arriving at the finish, or at one of the secret intermediate time control points, too early or too late. One entrant in this year’s London to Brighton Run will be driving in an ancestor’s tyre tracks In 2000, after building up a collection of classic cars, Henry Lawson was persuaded by a friend to take part in the annual Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton. He borrowed the friend’s car, a rare 1900 MMC and then decided to buy himself a veteran to add to his collection. He then decided to look for another of the rare cars of which there are thought to be only 13 left in the world. Researching the history of the cars Henry found out that MMC was founded by company promoter Harry Lawson, and as they shared the same surname, Henry delved a little deeper and discovered they were in fact related! “Harry, it turns out, was a brother of my great-great-great grandfather making him a second cousin thrice removed, or something like that,” said Henry. Exciting new partnership with luxury department store harks back to the inaugural London to Brighton Run in 1896 The organisers of the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Harrods. The world’s most famous luxury department store not only will become an Official Partner to this year’s running of the world’s longest running and greatest motoring celebration on Sunday 3 November, but also will supply the participants aboard more than 400 veteran cars with some well deserved refreshments at the event’s official mid-way check-point in Crawley, Sussex. With the extraordinary cavalcade of pre-1905 vehicles facing several slow and challenging hill climbs as the historic route ascends the South Downs, the provision of tea, coffee and pastries will be extremely welcome at the new ‘Harrods Stop at Crawley’.
6.58am – 8.30am THE START – VETERAN CAR RUN Hyde Park, London (Location of Apsley Gate, Hyde Park Corner) FREE for all to view (pass required to access the paddock) 8.00am – 6.30pm OPEN TOP BUS TOURS Hyde Park, London to Madeira Drive, Brighton Admission to tour by ticket only (open to the public) 8.15am – 1.45pm CRAWLEY MID-WAY CHECKPOINT – VETERAN CAR RUN Crawley High Street FREE for all to view (pass required to access the paddock) 9.58am – 4:15pm THE OFFICIAL FINISH – VETERAN CAR RUN Preston Park, Brighton FREE for all to view (pass required to access the park) 10.03am – 4.30pm THE CEREMONIAL FINISH – VETERAN CAR RUN Madeira Drive, Brighton FREE for all to view (pass required to access the paddock) 10.03am – 4.30pm THE BONHAMS VCR PARTICIPANTS’ FINISH LINE HOSPITALITY Terraces Restaurant, Madeira Drive, Brighton Admission to Participants only 6.45pm – 10.30pm 74th VCC ANNUAL DINNER CELEBRATING THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN The De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton Black-tie formal dinner Ticket required —– http://www.veterancarrun.com/ www.facebook.com/VeteranCarRun @VeteranCarRun