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Royal Automobile Club Summer Veteran Car Run

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Royal Automobile Club Summer Veteran Car Run

Thursday 18 July, 2024


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The Royal Automobile Club is delighted to confirm that this year’s eagerly-anticipated Summer Veteran Car Run will make a welcome return on Thursday 18 July.

The jolly single-day Summer Run was established in 2022 to provide owners of pioneering pre-1905 vehicles with an opportunity to enjoy their cars in the run-up to the annual RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which, as tradition dictates, takes place on the first Sunday in November.

Having proven so popular with participants, the 2024 Summer Run will once again be based at the Club's Woodcote Park clubhouse, 350 acres of wonderful countryside adjacent to the Epsom Downs in Surrey.
The magnificent veteran cars will assemble on the Cedar Lawn for morning refreshments before a leisurely departure onto the quieter roads of rural Surrey and Sussex heading for a pit stop and a well-earned lunch in a secluded location. 

Afterwards, participants can enjoy a gentle return run to Woodcote Park for high tea followed by a light-hearted concours with unusual judging criteria followed by the prize-giving. The day's proceedings will conclude with alfresco drinks (weather permitting!), before the Club's Executive Head Chef serves a summer feast in the historic Motor House surrounded by the Club's heritage vehicle collection.

The unique appeal and significance of the London to Brighton Run regularly attracts more than 400 entries from all over the world. However, the Summer Run is open to just 30 petrol, steam or even electric pioneers, and July’s showpiece is certain to attract another full capacity of truly remarkable machines, all dating back 120 years to the dawn of motoring.  
“The Summer Run has proved to be a wonderful warm-up for the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and now is firmly established as one of the most enjoyable highlights on our calendar,” confirmed Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club.
“The warmer weather of the Summer Run provides participants with a much more relaxed and sociable gathering at Woodcote Park, as well as a fabulous opportunity for veteran car owners to ready themselves and their cars for the main event later in the year. The camaraderie is exceptional and an ever-evolving route through the winding country roads will not only be enjoyed by the intrepid drivers and their passengers but also by those watching such a wonderful display of moving history.”



"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 
" 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




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