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Royal Automobile Club Summer Veteran Car Run

Summer Run

Royal Automobile Club Summer Veteran Car Run

Thursday 20 July, 2023

" We thoroughly enjoyed the Summer Veteran Car Run. The route was excellent, the road directions and signage very good – in fact the whole event was very well organised. It was also a great social event – it was nice to have the opportunity to meet the Brighton run sponsors and the dinner was delicious. It is good to see the Royal Automobile Club embracing the early heritage of the motor industry and building on the fantastic history of the Brighton Run."  Alistair Hacking


This year’s Summer Run will take place on Thursday 20 July. Last year’s Summer Run really proved to be a wonderful warm-up for the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and we are excited to be offering a similarly special event this July. As tradition dictates, the famous annual homage to the original Emancipation Run always takes place on the first Sunday November when participants often can experience challenging weather. With the sun higher in the sky, the Summer Run is a far more relaxed and sociable gathering, as well as a fabulous opportunity for veteran car owners to ready themselves for the main event later in the year.

The event will once again be based at the Club’s Woodcote Park Clubhouse in Epsom, heading out into the leafy lanes of rural Surrey after breakfast, taking in key points of interest while passing rich grasslands and a medley of woodlands and rivers – and to keep everyone on their toes, and on the maps, a series of challenges and tasks en route will add to the fun!

After a leisurely and delicious lunch, our participants will return to the Clubhouse in time for a glorious high tea on the Club’s Cedar Lawn overlooking the 350-acre estate, where the fun and games will continue with a concours, and croquet knock-out (simplified!) followed by a jolly prizegiving.

For those of you joining us for dinner, golf buggies will be at the ready to take you to a secluded spot in the grounds of the estate for cocktails and canapés before heading to dinner among the Club’s heritage fleet at the 17th century Motor House. The Club’s Executive Chef, Matthew Marshall, will be on hand to talk through the seasonal menu he has chosen, matched with fine wines and cheerful company. This exclusive event is open to just 25 veteran motor cars.

"As relative newcomers to the Veteran car scene we entered the summer run 2022 with our little 1903 Crestmobile. The weather was lovely and hot and we were greeted on arrival by the very helpful Royal Automobile Club team who showed us where to park up and even ferried us back to the Clubhouse where we were staying. The Club and its environs are sumptuous and were idyllic in the sunshine. The next day the run started in an informal and leisurely way and the route guide was clear to follow. We enjoyed a fabulous buffet lunch at a beautiful converted barn. The return trip would have been smooth except our car decided to develop a fuel starvation problem and we stopped a few times. The friendly Royal Automobile Club team were always on hand and we eventually finished nearly last of all the cars but under our own steam or should we say petrol! There followed some entertaining games including car croquet on the Cedar lawn, the rules of which could generate a volume of their own! In the evening we had a magnificent feast in the club’s Motor House including lovely wines and with the very talented chef on hand to explain the menu. We can thoroughly recommend the Summer Run as a relaxing and friendly event at a superb venue."  Chris and Rosemary Myerscough 




A. Lange & Söhne


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