RAC logo

 

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2021

Sunday 7 November

News

press/press releases/accreditation

News

Loading
  • As Charles Jarrott watched the Emancipation Run procession disappear into the London fog that November morning in 1896, another spectator - who just three years later would join forces with Jarrott to found De Dion-Bouton British and Colonial Ltd - was keeping up with the procession on his bicycle. All the way to Brighton. Selwyn Edge was not your average cyclist...
  • In 2014 we welcomed Paul Hollywood - host of The Great British Bake Off, and a massive motoring enthusiast - to the Run. Did the event 'rise' to meet his expectations?
  • Among the crowds of spectators at the start of the Emancipation Run in 1896 was Charles Jarrott, the 19-year-old son of a Pimlico blacksmith’s labourer who would, over the next decade, become a significant figure in the fast-growing motoring and motorsport world...
  • RM Sotheby’s has announced an all-new sale in St Moritz. 
  • In 2016 we were joined on the Run by ex-Formula 1 team owner turned TV pundit Eddie Jordan on board a 1901 Benz Spider entered by Daimler Benz as part of the Run's tribute to 130-year celebrations of Karl Benz's Patent Motorwagen.
  • Elmutt Clifton's Printers of Hove produced an excellent eight-page programme for the 1896 Emancipation Run, complete with advertising. 
  • Maggie or Eric? 1901 De Dion Vis a Vis Y107 has been known by both names in its 120-year history. And Maggie/Eric has plenty of tales of the Run to relate, having taken part 71 times since 1928. If only she/he could talk!
  • George Formby may have been in semi-retirement due to ill health when he took part in the 1953 Run on Fred Bennett’s single cylinder Cadillac, but he was still a huge star, instantly recognisable to the crowds that lined the route.
  • Once the participants in the 1896 Emancipation Run arrived in Brighton - triumphant if rather soggy - their achievement was celebrated with a banquet at the Hotel Metropole.
  • We welcomed another legendary Olympian on the 2014 Run, when Sir Steve Redgrave drove his wife Ann on the British Motor Museum's 1904 Thornycroft.
  • Although quite a few elements of the 1896 Emancipation Run were fairly shambolic on the day, Harry Lawson and his team did prepare an excellent briefing document, which covered all the essentials.
  • 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.

rm

A. Lange & Söhne