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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2021

Sunday 7 November

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  • How can we not have an Olympic theme this week?  In 2014 the Run welcomed Sir Ben Ainslie, who had been knighted the previous year after clinching his fourth straight Olympic gold medal (at the 2012 London games) to become the most decorated Olympic sailor in history.
  • This is fascinating! This wonderful old archive image shows some of the key people who took part in that original Run on 14 November 1896. We're hugely grateful that there is an identifying caption on the reverse...
  • Hollywood royalty and real-life royalty combined at the 1968 Run, when Prince Rainier III of Monaco and his wife, the Oscar-winning screen icon Grace Kelly, took part in the event on the prince’s 1903 De Dion-Bouton.
  • 140,000 fans and bidders will this week attend the sale of Sir Lewis Hamilton’s 2010 Turkish Grand Prix-winning chassis at Silverstone on Saturday 17 July. It is the first-ever Sir Lewis Hamilton F1 G ...
  • As we prepare to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Emancipation Run, we delve into the Club’s archives to view fascinating historic material from 1896, starting with meeting Henry John ‘Harry’ Lawson, the driving force behind that landmark event. 
  • Team Principal of the hugely successful Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team Christian Horner made his Run debut in 2018, and was joined at the finish in Brighton by his family, including another famous face, his Spice Girl wife Geri.
  • We are planning an exciting programme of activities around the 125th anniversary, one of which will be at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace on Friday 3 September. Owners will be invited to display their fine machines and drive them across the podium in the Palace grounds.
  • This week’s famous face is one intrinsically woven into the history of motoring in this country - and one closely associated with the Run.
  • Not surprisingly, the Run has attracted a great many well-known faces over the years. Each Friday we’ll take a dip into the archives and see who we can find.
  • Not surprisingly, the Run has attracted a great many well-known faces over the years. Each Friday we’ll take a dip into the archives and see who we can find.
  • Entries for this year’s very special 125th anniversary edition of the Royal Automobile Club’s magical RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run open on Tuesday 22 June. 
  • Not surprisingly, the Run has attracted a great many well-known faces over the years. Each Friday we’ll take a dip into the archives and see who we can find.
  • Not surprisingly, the Run has attracted a great many well-known faces over the years. Each Friday we’ll take a dip into the archives and see who we can find.
  • With Britain’s exit from the EU, it’s no longer as straightforward as it used to be to bring your European-registered veteran car temporarily into the UK to take part in events such as the Run...

  • We love this excellent short film by Stefan Marjoram featuring Duncan Pittaway and his 1893 Salvesen Steam Car. When this car took part in the 2019 Run, Duncan had to stop every 12 miles for water, which must have made a break from the continuous shovelling of coal. What a splendid machine!

     

  • Now that we have taken the first step in lifting Covid-19 restrictions, we can inform you of our plans for the RM Sotheby’s 2021 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the 125th Anniversary. 
  • We are toasting a notable new partnership with John Dewar and Sons – one of the most famous names in Scotch whisky – with a delicious Golden Dram cocktail from its renowned single malt ABERFELDY®.   A ...
  • Whilst covid-19 made it impossible to hold the 2020 RM Sotheby's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in its traditional form, we called upon all owners of eligible pre-1905 cars to celebrate with the veteran car community worldwide in a different way. And the result was fantastic!

     

  • Motorists were not the only people who benefited from the Emancipation Run on 14th November 1896, hoteliers profited too. The day began with a lavish breakfast at the Whitehall Rooms of the Hotel Metr ...
  • On 14 November 1896, outside the Hotel Metropole, London were cyclists ready to witness the departure of automobiles to Brighton. The cyclists shared a common interest with motorists, having campaigne ...

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