We're delighted to work with the following partners who provide tremendous help in order to bring the Run to life!
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.
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the UK contributing £5.3 billion to national GDP and generating 85,000 jobs nationally, with around 24,000 on the wider airport campus alone. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
Iconic department store, Harrods, was poised to take to the road once again and join in 2019's Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The first time the Knightsbridge establishment took part was in the inaugural emancipation run of 1896.
After purchasing and restoring an original 1901 Pope Waverley car in 2013, Harrods Store Operations Director James Healy joined the other intreped participants in 2019's Run. However, with many twisting roads and steep hills, not to mention a maximum of 18mph, this was be no mean feat for the Harrodian team to conquer.
Abels Moving Services
Abels Moving Services enjoy a rich moving heritage and is a perfect fit for the role of Bonhams 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.
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CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services)
For more than three decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported – CARS have the expertise and experience to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs.
Formed in 1989 as a specialist vehicle Air and Sea freight shipment company and customs broker, CARS has now firmly established itself as one of the leading transporters of historic, rare and prestigious motorcars in the world.
CARS is a premium comprehensive provider of the following services;
• Worldwide air freight
• Worldwide sea freight
• UK and European road freight
• Customs brokerage
• Event transportation
• Storage and Registration
CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the UK, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Japan and The Netherlands, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs.
History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride-and-joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own.
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.
Drift Bridge Group Honda Redhill and Gatwick
Honda dealerships located in Crawley and Redhill once again proudly supported the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run as the Official Vehicle Suppliers.
Honda has nearly 200 retailers throughout the United Kingdom and the event is delighted to be associated with such a prestigious and exclusive brand.
Throughout the weekend the dealerships jointly provided a fleet of official course cars and the Honda Gatwick dealership (located in Crawley) hosted the Halfway stop at Crawley, providing a welcome refreshment break for all participants.
Since 2012 Honda Redhill has provided a safe place to stop along the route with its mechanics always willing to lend a hand for an oil change or a push up the hill and we are very grateful for their continued support of the event.
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 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.