The Renault Group has been making cars since 1898
Today, it is an international multi-brand group, which now has a presence in 125 countries.
Renault offers a fantastic range of vehicles: household favourites such as Clio and Mégane, ground breakers such as the Scénic and the brand new crossovers, Captur and Kadjar.
Concern for the environment is paramount and one of its main goals is the continuous reduction of CO2 emissions. Renault has a complete range of affordable, all-electric vehicles, including Twizy and ZOE. Added to this is a range of versatile, hardworking and efficient vans.
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for more than 40 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network.
Exquisite Taste of Harrods Food Halls at Crawley
Iconic department store, Harrods, is poised to take to the road once again and join in this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox for only the fourth time in its history. The first time the Knightsbridge establishment took part was in the inaugural emancipation run of 1896.
After purchasing and restoring an original 1901 Pope Waverley car in 2013, Harrods Store Operations Director James Healy will be joined at the wheel by Store Finance Director, Simon Davies, to drive Harrods through what is hoped will be another successful Run. However, with many twisting roads and steep hills, not to mention a maximum of 18mph, this will be no mean feat for the Harrodian team to conquer.
Furthermore, Harrods is proud to officially sponsor the event with its luxury pop-up ‘pit-stop’ for drivers, located within Official Car Supplier Honda Gatwick’s car dealership in Crawley. Harrods will be offering a taste of its exquisite Food Halls at the halfway stop with much-needed hot drinks and pastries in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Regal role for Royal movers Abels
Abels Moving Services enjoy a rich moving heritage and is a perfect fit for the role of Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox Official Supplier for the luggage transfer service from London to Brighton. Testament to this is the Royal Warrant they were awarded in 1989 - a proud honour which they have held to this day.
Philip Pertoldi, Abels' Group Managing Director is delighted to be part of such a famous and historic event. "It is a prestigious occasion and is a perfect fit with Abels own traditional and cultural values."
The removal company proudly owns a 1896 horse-drawn removal pantechnicon (as used in days gone by for the movement of personal possessions), which they are honoured to showcase at the Regent Street Motor Show the day prior to the Run. The removal trucks used to transport the luggage from London to Brighton are thankfully more modern and come equipped with state-of-the-art technology. They are operated by highly trained and skilled teams who carefully handle cherished belongings and deliver them safely anywhere around the world.
We're always on hand for our customers and are renowned for our professional, trusted and discreet service." said UK Services Director John Watson.
Participants in the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox can have the utmost confidence in the cosseted care that their belongings will receive once they have handed them to the Abels team.
Brighton and Hove City Council
Brighton and Hove City Council are delighted to be an Official Supplier of the Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.
The Council has a long established history with the Run and supports it by providing infrastructure and logistical support. For more information about Brighton, please visit https://www.visitbrighton.com.
Chopard continue their support
Chopard are once again supporting the Run with the Chopard Regularity Time Trial. Although the Run is not a race as it occurs on public roads, the Chopard Regularity Time Trial enables participants to enjoy a competitive element by nominating the average speed they think they will maintain over a timed section of the route with the winner being the driver that gets closest to their prediction. There’s a fabulous prize too, courtesy of Chopard.
Entry into the 2017 Chopard Regularity Time Trial is automatic (unless, of course, you want to opt out), and all those taking part will be provided with a Chopard Regularity Time Trial identification plate to display on the front of the vehicle.
The start of the Time Trial is at the Crawley half-way check point on Crawley High Street, and the finish of the Time Trial is at the Burgess Hill check point, on the south side of the town – it’s a distance of 13 miles and both start and finish points will be clearly marked on the day. You’ll need to nominate, prior to the Run, the average miles per hour (mph) you estimate you’ll take to complete the 13 mile Time Trial. The average mph options are 8 mph, 10 mph, 12 mph, 14 mph, 16 mph and 18 mph. A default of 12mph will be set if no average speed is entered.
We hope to see a record number of you taking part in this year’s Chopard Regularity Time Trial! For further information please refer to the entry regulations
Honda to Host Crawley Refreshment Stop
Honda dealerships located in Crawley and Redhill are once again proudly supporting the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox as the Official Vehicle Suppliers.
Honda has nearly 200 retailers throughout the United Kingdom and the event is delighted to be associated with such a prestigious and exclusive brand.
Throughout the weekend the dealerships will jointly provide a fleet of official course cars and for the very first time in the Runs history, the Honda Gatwick dealership (located in Crawley) will be hosting the Harrods Stop at Crawley. This will not only provide a larger paddock area for all the veteran cars but a very much needed warm refreshment area inside for all participants.
Since 2012 Honda Redhill has provided a safe place to stop along the route with its mechanics always willing to lend a hand for an oil change or a push up the hill and we are very grateful for their continued support of the event.
Hagerty International, the UK's specialist classic car insurance brokers.
Hagerty International is embarking on their 10th year as the insurance partner to the Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox. Whilst this is a mere fraction of time compared to the longevity of the event itself, Hagerty has found their relationship with the event, the participants, organisers, volunteers and spectators has grown rapidly.
The Hagerty team have been enthusiastic passengers on a number of occasions – our thanks go to the Fattorini family, the team at Beaulieu and our friends at H&H for these opportunities – and have experienced some of the very worst weather that November has to offer. As it is well known, the poorer the conditions, the bigger the achievement!
Hagerty has also developed a happy and mutually beneficial partnership with the Veteran Car Club or Great Britain and has become good friends with a number of the members. It has always been a joy to see many of them at the Hattingley Valley Participants Reception, supported by Hagerty, at the Royal Automobile Club on the eve of the Run itself.
Hagerty is also delighted that the Hagerty Achievement Award, dedicated to a party or parties who are annually recognised for their dedication to the veteran car movement, has also proved to be a successful addition to the partnership with the Run and past recipients have shown great delight in its presentation to them.
The passion, enjoyment and friendly approach shown by all the people involved with this event is what classic motoring is all about.
Hattingley Valley Wines support the Run
Hattingley Valley is one of the new generations of English Sparkling Wine houses based in Hampshire. Established in 2008, we now manage over 60 acres of vines, have 16 partner vineyards located all over the south of England and have one of the most sophisticated, custom built wineries in the country.
At Hattingley Valley we produce a selection of different wine styles including; a Classic Cuvée, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs and Kings Cuvée (Premium Cuvée), all of which are, or will be, available from the cellar door and a number of other stockists (please visit www.hattingleyvalley.co.uk for more information and release dates).
"We are delighted to be able to support the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox, which is the world’s premier Run for veteran cars from the dawn of motoring and gives huge enjoyment to thousands of participants and spectators alike. Having completed the Run multiple times – albeit with the usual short unscheduled "rests"! – this is a very natural event for Hattingley Valley to sponsor and we look forward to many years of partnership."
Simon Robinson, Chairman of Hattingley Valley.
RAC Motoring Services
The RAC is delighted to be the breakdown supplier to the Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox. Our longstanding partnership dates back many years. The event is the world’s oldest motoring events, first run in November 1896 the year before The Royal Automobile Club was formed, and is hugely popular with car enthusiasts the world over with a reputation for celebrating our motoring history and bringing together some of the UK’s top classic vehicles and their owners.
The RAC offers technical support for the 60 mile run from Hyde Park, London to the seafront in Brighton providing breakdown assistance and recovery with the committed support of around 30 dedicated patrols who come from across the UK to lend their support. Our support provides participants with peace of mind that no matter what happens, they are in safe and trusted hands. With over 119 years’ experience supporting motorists, there is no better organisation than the RAC to support and assist the competitors and their veteran vehicles.
The RAC is also best placed to offer advice on looking after your classic car, providing first timers with key tips and skills on how to get the best out of their classic car and how to maintain it.
Total, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas majors, first became involved in the Royal Automobile Club event in 2015. Total's involvement extends from lubricants to a full mobile welding service to compliment the work of the RAC Motoring Services patrols.
The company’s rich history dates back to the 1920’s and since then Total's engineers have been catering to the needs and specifications of generations of engines, right up to the multiple F1 world championship wins in collaboration with Williams, Renault and Red Bull.
With experts on hand to talk about how modern oil technology is vital to the longevity of veteran engines, Total will be at the start of the Run in Hyde Park and will provide two oil stations en route, at the Honda Redhill assist point and the Harrods stop at Crawley, the official half way point.
The Total mobile welding unit will contnue to support the RAC along the route.
Hiscox returns as supporting partner
Global specialist insurer, Hiscox, has a 100 year heritage of insuring complex and unusual risks, from fine art and high value homes to prestige and classic cars. When it comes to high value cars, Hiscox appreciates that each one is treasured and much-loved, which is why its motor insurance has a number of extraordinary features that you wouldn’t find with ordinary car insurance. Find out more at Hiscox Website
New Era for the VCR
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox is one of the world’s longest standing and most famous historic motor car events, and Bonhams is delighted to partner the Royal Automobile Club as title sponsor.
This is the thirteenth year that Bonhams auctioneers has been a sponsor, although we have supported the Run for many years prior to that by providing the much-welcomed mulled wine and hot chilli on arrival at the finish line in Brighton.
Most of the team at Bonhams participate on the Run, with many driving their own motor cars. We are not just auctioneers, but very much active enthusiasts who enjoy – like our clients and customers – the hobby of old motoring.
Over these past 13 years, Bonhams has worked with the Royal Automobile Club and event organisers to develop the Run from a single day attraction to an entire weekend.
The weekend now commences on the Friday with the annual Bonhams sale of London to Brighton eligible motor cars and early automobilia. Some motor cars in the auction are even offered with an entry into the Run, so you can "buy on Friday, drive on Sunday".
In 2016 the Sale was held at Bonhams headquarters in London’s New Bond Street – just a short walk away from the start of the Run in Hyde Park – where 12 carefully selected cars went under the hammer.
Bonhams Chairman, Robert Brooks, a lifelong fan of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, said:
"The annual London to Brighton Run is an historic and globally-renowned event that I have grown up with and which brings back many a fond memory.
I have always loved this event, and it is one which we as a company are extremely proud to have helped sustain. We are honoured to be the event’s main sponsor and look forward to many more years’ involvement with it."