WelcomeWelcome from Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club
As Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome one and all to the world’s longest running motoring celebration. The breadth of the field of entrants from all over the world is an essential part of what makes the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox such a great annual Run. It is testament to the popularity of the event.
The Run takes place on the first Sunday of every November and commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896 which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot. The early law required the man on foot to carry a red flag but that requirement was abolished in 1878. The Locomotive Act was still widely known as the 'Red Flag Act' and a red flag was symbolically destroyed at the start of the Emancipation Run, as it is today just before the start in Hyde Park.
In 2016 we are celebrating the 120th anniversary of the very first Run. Today, it represents a rare opportunity for participants to take their extraordinary automobiles on this historic 60-mile journey from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront in the Sussex resort of Brighton.
Few events in today's international calendar such as the Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox can claim such individuality, personality and character. The 400 fine examples of pre-1905 manufactured vehicles that take part in the 60-mile demonstration showcase the pioneering spirit and engineering ability of the early motorist.
I would like to express my thanks to our title partner Bonhams for their continued support. Their sponsorship over the years has been an invaluable contribution to the growing success of this very special event. We are also extremely grateful to our other supporters: supporting partner; Hiscox official partners; Gatwick Airport and Harrods, official suppliers; Abels Moving Services, Brighton and Hove City Council, Chopard, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Hattingley Valley, Honda Redhill and Gatwick, RAC Motoring Services: and manufacturer patrons; Renault for their valued support. My thanks also extends to all volunteers including the VCR Steering Group as without their time, effort and support this Run would not be able to take place.
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