Welcome from Ben Cussons, 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 oldest, most celebrated motoring event. 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 2018 we will be celebrating the 122nd anniversary of the original Emancipation Run of 1896 which celebrated the passing into law the Locomotives on the Highway Act so raising the speed limit for ‘light automobiles’ from 4mph to 14mph and abolishing the need for a man to walk in front of all vehicles waving a red flag.

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, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Honda Drift Bridge Group and RAC Motoring Services; and manufacturer patron: Renault, for their valued support.

This year, we are delighted to introduce The Movember Foundation as our Official Charity Partner and very much hope that you will all get involved in one way or another.

My thanks also extend to all volunteers including the VCR Steering Group who represent the Run participants 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 and photos, please follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Tome Purves


Event Timetable

The date for the 2018 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox is Sunday 4 November 2018.

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: VCRadmin@goose.co.uk or telephone: +44 (0) 1483 524 433.

Royal Automobile Club - Motoring Forum


The Mountbatten Room, The Royal Automobile Club, 89 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5HS

Dress Code - Jacket required, no jeans or trainers. 

The Royal Automobile Club and the Veteran Car Run Steering Group are delighted to present the seventh Motoring Forum, taking place on Thursday 1 November in the Mountbatten Room at the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse.

The Forum will take the now familiar format of enjoying presentations by expert speakers on a range of historical automotive and motor sport-related topics. The presentations will be punctuated by a buffet lunch before finally rounding off with a light-hearted veteran car-based quiz.

Regardless of where your motoring interest lies, it promises to be a thought provoking, informative and fun occasion. Tickets cost £20.00 each and include arrival refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Arrival, coffee and refreshments – 10.30am

Morning session – 11.00am

- Evan Ide – `European Motor Manufacturers in the US Market pre-1914,' (11am-11.45am).

- Richard Peskett - `A History of Roads in Britain,' (11.50am – 12.30pm).

Buffet luncheon – 12.35pm

Afternoon session – 1.20pm

- Mary-Jo Ashenfelter-Heckman - `Edwardian Automotive Fashion: Form, Function, Color & Fabulous Hats,' (1.25pm – 2.10pm).

- John Boothman - `Romance on the Road: Motoring Fiction 1898-1940,’ (2.15pm – 3pm).

Quiz hosted by Daniel Ward – 3.05pm

Closing remarks and finish – 3.45pm

To book your place at the Forum, visit the shop

Please note - tickets are not issued for this event

Royal Automobile Club - Motoring Forum

Open top bus tours

Sunday 4 November 2018

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. Make sure you wrap up warmly!

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

All buses are open topped and from varying eras, some are more modern than others.

open top bus second photo

Spectator Map

Download the Spectator Route Map Here



The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox starts in Hyde Park, London on Sunday 4 November 2018. The cars congregate from 6.00am with the first car departing at sunrise (6.59am) 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 4 November 2018. 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 4 November 2018. The first cars cross the finish line from 9.59am and the event officially closes at 4.30pm.

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