Welcome from Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club
Tome Purves

As Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, it is my pleasure to welcome one and all to the world’s longest running motoring celebration. The vast number of entrants, from across the globe, who continue to participate in the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox pays testament to the ever-growing popularity of this event.

In true tradition, 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. It was this Act that 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, to mark this milestone, a red flag was symbolically destroyed at the start of the Emancipation Run, just as it is today before the start of the Run in Hyde Park.

In 2017, more than 120 years after the very first Run was held, the event aims to follow in the footsteps of last year’s success, which saw one of the best finish-rates to date. As ever, the Run 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 can claim such individuality, personality and character as the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox, where over 400 examples of pre-1905 manufactured vehicles enter 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 Drift Bridge Group and 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.

Should you wish to spectate, participate or report on the event, this website aims to provide you with all the relevant information you need. To stay abreast of the very latest news and event updates, please follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Tome Purves


Event Information

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox is a truly magnificent spectacle and offers members of the public a rare opportunity to view 400 pre-1905 vehicles travel on mass along public roads. 

Included on this page is information to help you understand the origins of the Run, what is happening, where and how best to enjoy it. Please see the below list of what is included 

  • Historical timeline showcasing the Veteran Car Run from the very beginning
  • An event overview which details the events taking place during the London Motor Week, some of which are open to the general public
  • Directions and travel information to the three main checkpoints in London, Crawley and Brighton
  • Open top bus tour booking information. Should you wish to get up close and personal, we offer places on an open top bus tour which follows the same route as the veteran cars and gives exclusive access to the paddock at Madeira Drive. This is a unique opportunity to share and experience the Run with the participants’ and fellow enthusiasts.
  • Spectator route map detailing the best viewing points along the 60-mile route. The crowds support, cheers and words of encouragment help keep these magnificent old cars and adventurous owners on course for Brighton

Follow the links located in each dedicated section for further information. Alternatively, please contact the Veteran Car Run Organisation Team by email: or telephone: +44 (0) 1483 524 433.


Event Timetable

The date for the 2017 Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox is Sunday 5 November 2017.

The highlights for the week are shown below or download the Entry Information Brochure here.

If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact the Veteran Car Run Organisation Team by email: or telephone: +44 (0) 1483 524 433.

Royal Automobile Club - Motoring Forum

Thursday 2 November
The Mountbatten Room
The Royal Automobile Club
89 Pall Mall

Dress Code - Jacket required, no jeans. 

The Royal Automobile Club and the Veteran Car Run Steering Group are delighted to present the sixth Motoring Forum, taking place on Thursday 2 November in the Mountbatten Room at the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse.

The Forum will take the now familiar format of enjoying presentations by key industry speakers on a range of automotive and motor sport-related topics, Kicking-off the Forum, esteemed expert in hydrogen technology, Professor Ad van Wijk, will talk about the future of motoring and Paul Niblett will discuss the evolution and development of the tyre. Dr Shaun Crofton, meanwhile will talk about safety helmets and material failures and Nick Young will conduct a presentation on motor vehicle registrations from 1903 onward. The sessions will be followed by a buffet lunch and further topical discussions before finally rounding off with a light-hearted quiz.

Regardless of where your motoring interest lies, it promises to be a thought provoking, informative and fun occasion. Tickets cost £15.00 each and include arrival refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Arrival, coffee and refreshments – 10.30am
Morning session – 11.00am
Buffet luncheon – 12.45pm
Afternoon session – 1.30pm
Closing remarks and finish – 3.30pm

To book your place at the Forum, visit

Please note - tickets are not issued for this event

Royal Automobile Club - Motoring Forum

Open top bus tours

Sunday 5 November 2017

7.45am - 6.40pm (Hyde Park, London to Madeira Drive, Brighton)

The open top bus tours give spectators the opportunity to be involved and experience the 60 mile route taken by the veteran cars. You will be able to soak up the atmosphere in Hyde Park with exclusive access to the VIP area at the start line and then follow the cars down the route to the Half Way Stop at Crawley High Street.

Veteran cars will be stopping in the High Street for interviews, here you will have the chance to watch the cars pass the half way mark of their journey. From here you will continue to follow the route with your next scheduled stop at the finish line at Madeira Drive in Brighton. From here you will have access to the paddock area where you will be able to view the cars as they cross the finish line and celebrate the end of an historic day. Due to the unpredictable British weather the buses will only be filled to 50 per cent capacity giving everyone the opportunity to shelter on the lower deck in the case of inclement weather.

The timetable for the route is shown below. Please note that these times are approximate / flexible and will depend on the traffic.

7.45am Buses to depart from Queen Elizabeth Gate, Park Lane, just outside Hyde Park. Passes must be presented to the hostess
10.30am Arrival at Crawley 
12.30pm  Departure from Crawley to Madeira Drive
2.00pm Arrival at Madeira Drive
4.40pm Departure from Madeira Drive
6.40pm Arrival in London. Drop off point at Queen Elizabeth Gate, Park Lane, just outside Hyde Park
Price: £95.00

£95.00 VAT is not applicable


If booked, further instructions along with the access pass and official souvenir programme will be sent to you at the beginning of October. Please note that places are limited and are given on a first order basis.

The ticket cost is £95.00 (VAT is not applicable).

The ticket price includes the following:

  • Open top bus ride to Brighton
  • Return open top bus ride to London
  • Official souvenir programme
  • Exclusive access pass to the paddock in Madeira Drive

If booked, further instructions will be sent to you at the beginning of October. Please note that places are limited and are issued on a first order basis.

open top bus second photo

Spectator Route Map



The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox starts in Hyde Park, London on Sunday 5 November 2017. The cars congregate from 6.00am with the first car departing at sunrise (7.02am) and the last car leaving from between 8.00am - 8.30am.

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The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox travels through Crawley in West Sussex on Sunday 5 November 2017. The first cars can arrive in Crawley High Street at the halfway checkpoint at approximately 9.30am with the last car passing through at approximately 1.45pm.

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The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox finishes on Madeira Drive, Brighton on Sunday 5 November 2017. The first cars cross the finish line from 10.02am and the event officially closes at 4.30pm.

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