London to Brighton Run gears up for November

| 19 Oct 2012

More than 500 vehicles built before 1905 will take part in the world’s oldest motoring event, the Royal Automobile Club Veteran Car Run – the highlight of the Capital’s free motoring weekend that runs from the 3-4 November.

Cars such as a 1904 Richard Brasier 16hp, a 1904 Wolseley 12hp Twin-cylinder Tonneau and a 1904 Wilson Pilcher are expected to tackle the famous event.

One competitor is involved in his own challenge – Dan Suskin hopes to make it to Brighton in his 1902 Delahaye before ultra-marathon runner Duncan Philips gets to Madeira Drive on foot.

Suskin said: “As a marathon competitor myself, I know well the challenge that long-distance running presents, but cannot even imagine the extremes to which Duncan will need to go on the way down to Brighton.

“I believe he might fare better than I will on the uphills, but I should pass him again on the downhills."

The Run will also have a celebrity flavour that includes legendary racer Sir Stirling Moss who’ll be a passenger alongside Mr and Mrs Chris Jaques in their 1903 Panhard et Levassor. The couple have completed more than 30 runs with only one breakdown.

Chris said: "Nowadays the interest in these early cars is much higher than it was when we first took part, although there were quite large crowds even then."

Actor and adventurer Charlie Boorman is also taking part; he’ll be joining 13-year-old Jack Shawe (a life-long fan) and his family in their 1904 English Mechanic 8hp.

Saturday plays host to the Regent Street Motor Show – the largest free event of its type in the UK – which runs from 10-4pm.

The closed-off street will showcase cars from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring, which will join 100 pre-1905 vehicles from the EFG international Concours d’Elegence.

Royal Automobile Club members will also be out in force bringing with them cars from manufacturers such as Bentley, Aston Martin and Lotus.

Meanwhile, on Friday Bonhams’ will host its Veteran Motor Car sale at new Bond Street, with cars eligible for the run (some of which have been entered) including vehicles such as a 1903 Vauxhall 5hp (below), which is believed to be the oldest surviving Vauxhall and was built for the firm’s managing director of the time, Percy Kidner. To read more about the sale click, here.