London to Brighton run set to be the best yet

| 18 Sep 2012

With almost two months until the off, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is full to capacity it has been revealed.

The event already has more than 500 pre-1905 cars signed up to drive from Hyde Park to Madeira Drive in Brighton on 4 November - including a Cleveland electric car and Serpolet steamer - with a remarkable quarter of the entries coming from overseas.

The news continues the impressive resurgence of the Run in recent years having fought back from the doldrums of falling numbers of entrants and spectators to be as vibrant as it has ever been.

Part of the success story as it enters its 116th year is down to the raft of events that now act as curtain-raisers for the Brighton Run, including the Bonhams auction, Regent Street Motor Show and the Future Car Challenge.

RAC Chairman Tom Purves said: "It is a great heritage and inheritance that we have, but as an organisation it's important for us to look forwards as well as backwards."

He then stressed the importance of the Future Car Challenge, but added as a note of caution Jay Leno's assertion that modern electric cars had barely advanced since the dawn of motoring when electricity might have become the dominant method of propulsion.

There are changes afoot for the Regent Street Motor Show this year. With a pledge that the shopping thoroughfare will be traffic-free from Conduit Street to Piccadilly Circus, visitors will walk through three centuries of motoring.

There will also be a special Best of British tribute zone to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.More than 250,000 people are expected to attend the free show, which also features a concours of Brighton Run competitors.

Doug Hill, from the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, said: "This year previous winners will be eligible for the first time, so we will have the creme de la creme as such."