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Will the 2020 RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run take place?

The 2020 Run is scheduled to take place on  Sunday 1st November. To enable this year’s event to run safely, we have made some modifications to the running of the event to comply with the latest COVID-19 Government restrictions and guidelines, and have been working closely with all the authorities along the route to facilitate our plans. As a condition of all entries, participants must abide by all UK Government legislation and guidelines relating to COVID-19 in place during the immediate lead-up to and on the day of the Run itself. These may include (but are not limited to) the wearing of face masks, observing social distancing, restrictions around mixing with different households and adherence to support bubbles and the like. All requirements will be fully communicated to all participants during the approach to the event.

What date is the 2020 Run?

The RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is planned to take place on 1 November 2020. Traditionally the Run takes place on the first Sunday in November, with the first cars leaving London at sunrise (6:55am).

What modifications are being made to this year’s Run in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our priority, as always, is the safety and protection of the participants, organisers and spectators, so a number of modifications will be introduced this year as a result of the pandemic:

  • There will be a maximum of 250 entries for cars and 15 entries for both veteran motorcycles and veteran cycles (accepted strictly in order of receipt) – this will allow the Run to operate on the single traditional route out of London, including Westminster Bridge, via Brixton and Streatham minimising congestion.
  • There will be a rolling start on The Mall with an allocated time slot for each sector to run past the start flag in order to streamline the event and avoid mass gatherings (i.e. there will be no gathering of all the veteran cars in Hyde Park).
  • To avoid a mass gathering at Crawley, the Run will not stop there nor travel through the High Street (instead traveling along The Boulevard), but there will be several suggested stop-off options for participants along the route.
  • Currently it is planned that the customary finish on Madeira Drive will be streamlined to avoid crowding and updates on participant hospitality will be made nearer the date.
  • A comprehensive Veteran Car Run information pack will be provided to all participants prior to the event, in the meantime the participant route guide and be found here, and the spectator route guide can be viewed here.

Where can I view the veteran cars on the Run?

Veteran Cars can be viewed at various points along the 60 mile route from London to Brighton. To view this year’s route and see the estimated times of when the veteran cars are expected to pass along various points of the route, please click here. Spectators are an important aspect of the Run and the veteran cars appreciate all the cheers as they travel the route, however, in light of the current pandemic, we do ask all spectators to behave responsibly and follow the latest Government COVID related advice including social distancing at all times while enjoying the Run.

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 open at the end of July 2020 to enter please click here. 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. 

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?

We are currently evaluating the viability of the Show this year in light of the current situation and will update details here as soon as we are able to.

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