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Sunday 1 November




Our FAQs should help with any questions you may have

If once you’ve taken a look at these and you still have questions, please contact us


Why has the Veteran Car Run been cancelled two weeks before the event?

This year has presented a set of challenges not previously experienced in the Run’s 124-year history. We have worked tirelessly to ensure a COVID-compliant event could take place, making many modifications to our operational plans in full consultation with all the authorities and public bodies involved along the route.

We were confident that, with the safety plans we had put in place, the Run had every chance of going ahead. But early in the week commencing Monday 12 October we learned that the Run was no longer allowed to finish in Brighton due to concerns about spectators gathering. While we were working on an alternative safe finish, the increase to Tier 2 restrictions in London on Thursday 15 October increased the risk, making it no longer appropriate for drivers, passengers and support teams from all over the UK to travel to London for the event.

We therefore decided, in full consultation with the Run’s Steering Group and the Veteran Car Club that there was no option but to cancel the 2020 Run.

We informed participants two weeks before, so that they could cancel their bookings. The decision to cancel, despite our best efforts, has been taken with great reluctance and a heavy heart and is a great disappointment to everyone involved. In the face of the increasing CV19 risk it’s the responsible thing to do.

We would like to thank all participants for their commitment, encouragement, and support; we very much hope to see you on the road next year for the 125th Anniversary.

I’d still like to do the Run from London to Brighton on Sunday 1 November. Can I do that?

Safety measures will not be in place, so we strongly discourage veteran cars being driven along the route on Sunday 1 November as this has the potential to jeopardise the future of the event.

We have been forced to cancel the event in respect of the escalating COVID-19 situation and in the interests of public health and Government restrictions, so we ask that everyone please respects this decision.

However, there will be the opportunity to take part in a Virtual Run where this complies with local COVID restrictions. Provided it’s safe to do so, embrace the spirit of the Run wherever you are on Sunday 1 November and take part in a route of your choice, local to you. 

I had entered to take part. How do I get a refund?

Any additional extras that may have been purchased by participants entered into the 2020 Run (e.g. tender packs, extra participant passes, luggage tags) will be refunded before the end of the month to the original payment method used. You will receive an automated notification from Worldpay.   

The Veteran Car Run is a world-class, international event requiring extensive year-round planning and preparation, as well as continuous liaison with the many authorities along the entire route. In our efforts to make this year’s Run possible, we have already incurred significant costs which the Royal Automobile Club has underwritten.  Unfortunately, cancellation for events beyond our control means that we will not be able to refund your entry fee in accordance with the entry regulations (see 6.4). 

Will I still get a finisher’s medal, programme and starter plaque?

Anyone who had entered for the 2020 event will be sent their starter plaque, Run ID plate and printed entry list prior to the 1 November.

2020 entrants who join the Virtual Run (where it’s safe to do so) on Sunday 1 November will additionally be sent a finisher’s medal and a certificate. 

I’ve heard a ‘Virtual Run’ will be taking place. What is that?

We’ve been looking at imaginative ways in which the Veteran Car Run can be celebrated this year, with an opportunity for owners of pre-1905 cars worldwide to embrace the spirit of the Run - wherever they are on Sunday 1 November. More details are available here.

I live overseas and usually take part in the Run but couldn’t enter this year due to travel restrictions. I have already expressed an interest in taking part in the Virtual Run.

We’re delighted that you’d like to take part in the Virtual Run. You will already have received a start number, inclusion in the online entry list, a Car ID plate for your car that you can download and print to display on the day, and post-event a printable certificate to say you have participated.

I usually take part in the International Concours D'Elegance that takes place as part of the Regent Street Motor Show the day before the Run. What is happening with that?

Unfortunately the difficult - if understandable - decision has been reached to postpone this year's Show to next November. The announcement relating to this news is here: https://regentstreetmotorshow.com/regent-street-motor-show-postponed-until-2021/


What date is the 2021 Run?

The RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is scheduled for 7 November 2021. Traditionally the Run takes place on the first Sunday in November, with the first cars leaving London at sunrise.

What year of manufacture does my veteran car have to be to enter the Run?

Every veteran car must be manufactured before 1905. To prove the date of manufacture each entry must be accompanied with a Veteran Car Club of Great Britain (VCC) Dating Certificate or Passport.

What is a VCC Dating Certificate or veteran car Passport?

Every vehicle that enters the Run must have a VCC Dating Certificate or Passport issued by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain’s Dating Advisory Committee advising that the vehicle was manufactured prior to 1905.

If your vehicle does not have a Dating Certificate or Passport number, please contact the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain Dating Advisory Committee directly: Web: www.vccofgb.co.uk Tel: +44(0)1462 742 818 or email: hq@vccofgb.co.uk.

Please note that you can submit and pay for your entry without a Dating Certificate or Passport, but your vehicle will not be officially accepted into the Run until a copy of your valid dating certificate or passport is sent to the Veteran Car Run Team. Please refer to the Entry Regulations for further clarification about the entry criteria and the cancellation terms before proceeding with your entry. Should you have any queries, please contact the Veteran Car Run Team by telephone: +44 (0) 1483 524 433 or email: VCRadmin@goose.co.uk.

How do I apply for a VCC Dating Certificate or veteran car Passport?

Applications for a Dating Certificate or Passport must be made directly to the VCC via:

Website: www.vccofgb.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 1462 742 818

Email: hq@vccofgb.co.uk

I have an eligible car. How do I enter the RM Sotheby's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run?   

Entries for the Run in 2021 will open next Spring. If you you have entered the Run previously, you will be able to log into your account and submit your entry for this years Run. If you are new to the Run, you will need to create an account and provide details of the car you wish to enter. A member of the Veteran Car Run Team will then get in touch to provide you with instructions on the next steps of the entry process. 

Please note that before a vehicle is accepted on the the Run it must have a valid VCC dating certificate or passport. 

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