New route for 2018 London to Brighton

| 16 May 2018
New route for 2018 London to Brighton – Classic & Sports Car

For the first time in its 122-year history, participants on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will take two routes out the capital.

The aim is to ease traffic woes for both crews and spectators and, as a bonus, bring the iconic event to more people.

After following the usual route from Hyde Park to Hyde Park Corner, via the Wellington Arch, then down Constitution Hill and past Buckingham Palace before driving up The Mall to Parliament Square, there will be a split.

New route for 2018 London to Brighton – Classic & Sports Car
This year, only half the London to Brighton crews will pass over Westminster Bridge

Half the pre-1905-car field will take the well-trodden path past Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, crossing the Thames on Westminster Bridge, before heading to Streatham and Thornton Heath.

The second route will pass a different famous landmark, Westminster Abbey, then drive over Lambeth Bridge and head towards Vauxhall, Tooting and Mitcham.

All participants will be reunited when the two routes converge near Croydon.

Thereafter, it's the familiar journey taking in Purley, Coulsdon, Hooley, Redhill and Crawley, before crossing the South Downs and descending into Brighton.

New route for 2018 London to Brighton – Classic & Sports Car
It is hoped that the new initiative will ease congestion

The new routes – and others – were tested by The Royal Automobile Club’s Veteran Car Run Steering Group in veteran cars on a Sunday morning, to check their suitability and decide which course to follow.

Ben Cussons, Chairman of the VCR Steering Group, said: “Mounting congestion on the streets of south London has been a growing concern among Run regulars, so we set out to evaluate several new options and, it was agreed, that the two-route policy was a very suitable solution. By splitting the 450-car entry into two groups, it is envisaged that traffic bottlenecks will be halved, quickening the exit out of London, so making the historic pilgrimage to Brighton an even more pleasurable event for all.”

This year's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is on Sunday 4 November, with a Bonhams sale on the Friday afternoon.

For more information, please visit the event's website