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2007: Sunday, 4 November
Almost There - Nov. 2000
© David Gray

The Veteran Car Run takes place on the first Sunday in November. It commemorates the Emancipation Run of 1896 when 30 cars made the first ever London to Brighton Run to celebrate the abolition of the 4 mph speed limit on 'light locomotives' as they were known in law.

The next run did not happen until 1927, and they have happened annually ever since - not in WW II, I should imagine.

Around 500 vehicles take part. To be eligible for entry they must have been built before 1st. January 1905! Although a few slightly younger cars may be allowed to participate at the organisers discretion.

The aim of the run is to complete the journey by 4-30pm. All who do are awarded a Finisher's Medal. Car speeds average about 20mph.

The event is sponsored by Bonhams, the auctioneers, as well as the Daily Mail, and the run is the conclusion to a three day event. It is almost certainly the most expensive of the annual runs - you can get an idea of the costs here from the entry form.

It's a great spectacle and well worth seeing. Unfortunately it is held in November, and the weather is seldom kind.

Passing the Royal Pavilion - Nov. 2000
© David Gray
Made It! Crusing along Madeira Drive - Nov. 2003
© David Gray


Veteran Car Run

Footage from a run in the 1950s on YouTube


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