Congratulations to all those who took part in the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2019. This year's results are available to view here:
For the vehicle that achieved an average speed as close as possible to a previously nominated target over a defined section of the Run between Crawley High Street and Burgess Hill (a distance of 13 miles).
Winner: Car 290, Mr Paul Emile Bessade driving a 1904 Darracq
Further details about the winner, and about those who came in 2nd and 3rd place, are available to view here:
For the party or parties who have shown outstanding commitment to the event either in the past 12 months or over the years.
Winner: Philip Oldman, for all his hard work on the Steering Group and continued work on the Regent Street Motor Show’s International Concours d’Elegance judging panel as Head Judge.
In recognition of inspiring the next generation
Winner: Bernard Holmes is a stalwart of the Run and regularly creates the opportunity for the next generation to participate and enjoy the experience of riding a veteran first-hand, by entering a number of his cars for the younger enthusiasts to enjoy.
For the vehicle or entrant or driver that is not from the UK and who has exhibited a real passion and enthusiasm for the Run.
Winner: Dave Shadduck who entered a 1903 Oldsmobile and 1903 Ford (Car 163 and 190)
Reason: For his determination to participate in the Run. Last year Dave’s cars did not make it to the Run because the cargo ship they were on did not unload them at Southampton. Instead the Veteran car community rallied around and found him a car so that he could still join in the Run! We are thrilled to say that Dave’s entries were on UK soil in 2019, enabling him to participate in the Run with his own vehicles this year.
To acknowledge and celebrate a participant demonstrating the "Spirit of the Event". The Ray Tindle Cup recognises the resolute and persevering participant for whom the event is a challenging adventure.
Winner: Mike Mutters
Reason: For continued support of the Run and willingness to help. This year Mike has kindly taken an autistic boy and his mum on the Run to experience the Run first-hand.
To acknowledge and celebrate a volunteer demonstrating dedicated and exceptional support of the Run.
Winner: Bob Smith
Reason: For his time on the VCR Steering Group Committee and traveling the 380 mile round-trip to attend the meetings in Pall Mall. Bob retired from the Steering Group Committee this year after many years of service.
The day before the run, over 100 veteran cars were on display within the Bonhams Veteran Car Zone at the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show. The cars were judged by a panel of experts and several awards were given out at the Show. Details of the award winners can be found on the Show website: