We're delighted to work with the following partners who provide tremendous help in order to bring the Run to life!
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is one of the world’s longest standing and most famous historic motor car events, and Bonhams is delighted to partner the Royal Automobile Club as title sponsor.
Many of the Bonhams team participate on the Run, with many driving their own motor cars. We are not just auctioneers, but very much active enthusiasts who enjoy – like our clients and customers – the hobby of old motoring.
Over several years, we have helped grow the Run in to a whole weekend of veteran car activities. It commences on the Friday with the annual Bonhams sale of London to Brighton eligible motor cars and early automobilia. Some motor cars in the auction are even offered with an entry into the Run, so you can "buy on Friday, drive on Sunday".
Bonhams Co-Chairman, Malcolm Barber, a lifelong fan of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, commented: "The annual London to Brighton Run is an unmissable event on the automotive calendar. It is utterly unique, and rightly draws competitors and spectators from all over the world. We at Bonhams are proud to help grow and support this marvellous event, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration.”
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, is poised to take to the road once again and join in this year’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 will join the other intreped participants in what is hoped will be another successful Run. However, with many twisting roads and steep hills, not to mention a maximum of 18mph, this will be no mean feat for the Harrodian team to conquer.
Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is proud to be working with the Movember Foundation. This year, we come together for a purpose, to tackle men’s health issues.
The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year-round. They’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
We would love for all participants, volunteers, supporters, friends and family to get involved and join the movement with us.
There are a number of ways to get involved:
Your moustache makes a difference. Whether it’s a Trucker, Regent, Connoisseur or Wisp – no matter the shape or style, your face can inspire donations, conversations and real change. So this year, pair your dapper attire with a distinguished Mo and fundraise in the process. There will be prizes for the biggest and best.
You can set up a fundraising page individually or as a team. Click here to Join up and keep up to date with other fundraisers, share ideas, donate to other participants, and follow the leaderboard.
There are lots prizes to be won, including limited edition merchandise and more.
Show your support by purchasing a Carstache for your veteran car on the Run. You can buy one during your online entry process or from our online shop. All funds raised will go to the Movember Foundation to help them tackle men’s health issues.
Your donation will help us to continue what we’ve started and fund world class programmes that are saving and improving the lives of men. Thank you – together we are changing the face of men’s health.
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 Bonhams 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.
Visit Brighton - Brighton and Hove City Council
Brighton and Hove City Council are delighted to be an Official Supplier of the Bonhams Veteran Car Run.
The Council has a long established history with the Run and supports it by providing infrastructure and logistical support. For more information about Brighton, please visit www.visitbrighton.com.
Hagerty are the UK's leading Veteran, vintage and classic car insurance brokers. Hagerty have been the insurance partner to the Bonhams 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 are once again proudly supporting the Bonhams 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 will jointly provide a fleet of official course cars and for the very first time in the Runs history, the Honda Gatwick dealership (located in Crawley) will be hosting 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 Bonhams 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.