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.”
A. Lange & Sohne
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 care, 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.
Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is proud to be working with Movember, coming together for a purpose: to tackle men’s health issues.
Movember 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 each year:
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.
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 Movember 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.
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 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 once again proudly supported 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 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 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.
On the 11th of July 1899, in Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Società Anonima Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili – Torino was founded, subsequently simplified to Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino. Known by all as FIAT. One of the founder members was Giovanni Agnelli, who had closed his factory to join with eight other industrialists to create the company.
With a workforce of roughly 30, the first model created was the 3½ HP and by 1910, Fiat was the largest automotive company in Italy. In 1922, Fiat began to build the famous Lingotto car factory—then the largest in Europe which opened in 1923. It was the first Fiat factory to use assembly lines and by 1925, Fiat controlled 87% of the Italian car market. In 1957, the Fiat 500 made its debut in response to need of economic cars across Europe. The 500 had a two-cylinder engine producing 13hp and over 181,000 models were built between 1957 and 1960 alone.
By 1963, the Agnelli family had returned to run the business and in 1966 Gianni Agnelli became its general manager, staying with the company as chairman until his death in 1996. In 1970, Fiat employed more than 100,000 in Italy when its production reached 1.4 million cars. Popular models such as the 124, 127, 128, Panda, Uno, Tipo in the 1970’s and 80’s all added to Fiat’s growing sales across the world.
Fiat has won European Car of the Year, twelve times with models ranging from the 124 to the iconic 500. 2007 saw the return of the iconic Fiat 500 which has remained popular since its relaunch and in 2014, Fiat merged with Chrysler and a new company was born, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.