We're delighted to work with the following partners who provide tremendous help in order to bring the Run to life!
RM Sotheby’s is delighted to partner with the Royal Automobile Club as the title sponsor of the London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run. The renowned auction house will host its annual London sale—a staple of the global collector car calendar—on the eve of the Veteran Car Run, offering more than 70 cars for auction with an emphasis on Brass and Veteran Era motoring.
With offices in Europe, Canada and the United States, a global team of nearly 30 expert car specialists, and no less than 12 auctions held in seven countries each year, RM Sotheby’s is the world's largest collector car auction house by total sales. With 40 years of proven results in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from auctions and private sales to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM Sotheby’s is currently responsible for six of the top ten most valuable motor cars ever sold at auction. In February 2015, RM formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s, uniting the two companies for the full calendar of future automobile auctions.
For further information including details on how to consign your car to RM Sotheby’s London sale, or to register to bid, visit rmsothebys.com.
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A. Lange & Söhne
Our timepieces are the embodiment of everything that A. Lange & Söhne stands for. We feel a deep sense of pride when we hold them in our hands. And yet it is not only the results of our work that make us who we are.
It is a sincere dedication that shapes us – a passion that makes us strive for perfection day after day. Our unending diligence and patience, our artistic determination, our striving for innovation, our imagination and our persistent belief that everything is possible – followed by our ambition to make it possible. And even if we have already found a compelling solution, we never stop looking for an even better one. This is what unites us among ourselves, and with all the many people who are enthusiastic about our watches.
The history of A. Lange & Söhne is marked by highs and lows, success and hard times, and, most of all, by unique personalities with big dreams and determination – they made A. Lange & Söhne what it is today.
The main production building of A. Lange & Söhne was destroyed in a bombing on the last night of the war in 1945. The company is expropriated in the Soviet-occupied zone and the A. Lange & Söhne brand disappears. Only when the Berlin Wall falls in November 1989 can Walter Lange and the successful watch manager Günter Blümlein turn their dream into reality.
The name A. Lange & Söhne refers to the watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange. He founded a workshop in Glashütte nearby Dresden in 1845, where he and later his sons and grandsons produced some of the world’s most complex and beautiful pocket watches. In 1990, the brand was re-established by Ferdinand’s great-grandson, Walter Lange, to produce fine gold and platinum wristwatches inspired by the timepieces of his ancestors.
Just as many cars in the London to Brighton run are built and shaped by hand, A. Lange & Söhne’s timepieces are assembled by hand. The making of one single watch takes between six and 18 months, from the production of all the tiny movement components to their surface decorations with polishings, engravings and stripings to the hand assembly in the watchmaking ateliers. Each watch is equipped with a hand-engraved balance bridge, featuring the individual style of the engraver. So just as with hand-beaten body panels on a rare car, each watch will have its own unique features.
Abels Moving Services
Abels Moving Services enjoy a rich moving heritage and is a perfect fit for the role of RM Sotheby's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Official Supplier for the luggage transfer service from London to Brighton. Testament to this is the Royal Warrant they were awarded in 1989 - a proud honour which they have held to this day.
The removal company proudly owns an 1896 horse-drawn removal pantechnicon (as used in days gone by for the movement of personal possessions), which they are honoured to showcase at the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show the day prior to the Run. The removal trucks used to transport the luggage from London to Brighton are thankfully more modern and come equipped with state-of-the-art technology. They are operated by highly trained and skilled teams who carefully handle cherished belongings and deliver them safely anywhere around the world.
Participants in the Veteran Car Run can have the utmost confidence in the cosseted care that their belongings will receive once they have handed them to the Abels team.
John Dewar and Sons – one of the most famous names in Scotch whisky – is delighted to be toasting a new partnership with the Run with a delicious Golden Dram cocktail from its renowned single malt ABERFELDY.
ABERFELDY distillery was founded in 1898 by the dynamic Dewar brothers, John Alexander and Tommy. They built on a site just a stone’s throw from the birthplace of their father, the pioneering blender John Dewar.
Alongside the distillery, and known to contain deposits of alluvial gold, flows the Pitilie Burn; the perfect water source for the Golden Dram. While inside, time-honoured techniques like long fermentation, which conjures rare honeyed notes, safeguard the whisky’s flavour profile, renowned for its rich, sweet, smooth taste.
The brand’s core portfolio is comprised of ABERFELDY 12 Years Old, ABERFELDY 16 Years and ABERFELDY 21 Years Old.
The single malt brand of ABERFELDY is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.
Visit Brighton - Brighton and Hove City Council
Hagerty are the UK's leading Veteran, vintage and classic car insurance brokers. Hagerty have been the insurance partner to the Veteran Car Run for over a decade. Whilst this is a mere fraction of time compared to the longevity of the event itself, Hagerty has found their relationship with the event, the participants, organisers, volunteers and spectators has grown rapidly.
The Hagerty team have been enthusiastic passengers on a number of occasions in fabulous De Dion Boutons, De Dietrich and Oldsmobiles in the past. Hagerty has also developed a happy and mutually beneficial partnership with the Veteran Car Club or Great Britain and were delighted to have been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy for their support of the Club and dedication to the historic vehicle movement earlier this year. The award is rarely presented, in fact the last time it was back in 1985. The Hagerty team have become good friends with a number of the members and it has always been a joy to see many of them at the Participants’ Reception, supported by Hagerty, at the Royal Automobile Club on the eve of the Run itself.
Hagerty is also delighted that the Hagerty Achievement Award, dedicated to a party or parties who are annually recognised for their dedication to the veteran car movement, has also proved to be a successful addition to the partnership with the Run and past recipients have shown great delight in its presentation to them. The passion, enjoyment and friendly approach shown by all the people involved with this event is what classic motoring is all about.
RAC Motoring Services
RAC Motoring Services are delighted to be the breakdown supplier to the Veteran Car Run. Our longstanding partnership dates back many years. The event is the world’s oldest motoring events, first run in November 1896 the year before The Royal Automobile Club was formed, and is hugely popular with car enthusiasts the world over with a reputation for celebrating our motoring history and bringing together some of the UK’s top classic vehicles and their owners.
The RAC offers technical support for the 60 mile run from Hyde Park, London to the seafront in Brighton providing breakdown assistance and recovery with the committed support of around 30 dedicated patrols who come from across the UK to lend their support. Our support provides participants with complete peace of mind that no matter what happens, they are in safe and trusted hands. With over 120 years’ experience supporting motorists, there is no better organisation than RAC Motoring Services to support and assist the participants and their veteran cars.