Marshals, Veteran Car Run Team & Supporting Clubs
The Run requires around 400 volunteers to marshal the 60-mile route from London to Brighton. Many marshals are Motorsport UK registered and are members of various motoring clubs and organisations, but we gladly consider applications from other interested parties.
Without the support of the volunteer marshals the event simply would not be possible. The Royal Automobile Club, partners and event organisers extend a grateful thanks to all those who volunteer their services. There are nine areas along the route that require marshal assistance: Hyde Park, Croydon, Coulsdon, Redhill, Crawley, Hammer Hill, Cuckfield, Burgess Hill, Clayton Hill, and Madeira Drive.
To register your interest for 2021, please complete the online form. The Route Official for your area will then contact you with further information.
Ben Cussons, Club Chairman
Ben is an enthusiastic historic racer and rallyist. He has competed as far afield as Macau and will be participating in next year’s Peking to Paris rally. He has lost count of the number of VCRs that he has completed and forgotten about the ones when he broke down! He is also a keen motorcyclist and enjoys long distance tours and, in 2018, rode from Northern Chile to Tierra del Fuego.
Ben has an eclectic collection of old cars that range from his Jaguar C-type to a Series One Land Rover that he has just rebuilt from a box of bits - Meccano for grown-ups!
Clive Boothman, Participant Representative
I inherited my interest in cars from my father who purchased his first veteran, a 1904 2-cylinder Norfolk, in 1953, adding a 1902 4-cylinder Napier in 1979. Taking part in the Veteran Car Run as a passenger through my childhood, my brother and I entered as drivers for the first time on the Centenary Run in 1996 and have been regular participants with these two family cars ever since. More recently we have added two single cylinder 1900 French cars – a Renault and a Phebus – in the hope that our children will also enter in the years to come.
An accountant by training and with a career in financial services, I am the Treasurer of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain (VCC) and a member of their Executive Committee. I therefore have a particular interest in the costs and financial viability of the Run and would like to ensure it remains a cornerstone of the veteran motoring year for VCC members.
Aside from veteran motoring I have a 1936 AC, a 1939 Derby Bentley and a Pioneer Run 1910 Rex motorcycle.
Jacques Deneef, International Participant Representative
At a young age I was convinced (as was François Nourissier of the Academie Française) that “The Automobile has done more than the French Revolution for the liberty of mankind”. Active in the field of Marketing Communications I have had the privilege of working for Renault, Citroën and above all Shell and Ford for 15 years. I discovered the fascinating history of these companies and their products, which led me to take an interest in every marque and every period, and to appreciate the major socio-economic role played by the sector. On a more practical level I built up a small personal collection from 1900 to 1985, one or two vehicles from each decade, to present a rolling history of the motorcar. Thus I take part in numerous rallies, in Belgium and abroad. I am a member of the Veteran Car Club of GB, the Royal Veteran Car Club of Belgium, and the Veteran Car Clubs of Switzerland and France (Teuf-Teuf).
I am interested in organising a variety of motoring events: the Commemoration of the Circuit des Ardennes, which every three years since 2002 has brought together 400, 500 and now over 600 cars (including over 100 veterans). In 2009 I was also particularly pleased to organise the “Belgium Year” of the London-Brighton Run, with an entry of 25 cars from Belgium. My personal collection is nothing compared to that of a big museum, but I am privileged to participate in the development of Autoworld in Brussels, where, as a member of the Board and of the Executive Committee, I have assumed the responsibility of creating special new sections such as “Design” and “Belgium in the History of the Automobile”. I also organise exhibitions for Febiac, the Belgian Federation of Automobile Importers, which runs the annual Brussels Motor Show. But, driving my Cadillac through the rain on the London-Brighton will always be one of my greatest motoring experiences.
Michael Edwards – Veteran Car Club of Great Britain Representative
I was born a few miles outside Coventry, and with a father who owned and maintained a number of early Lanchester’s, my interest in motor vehicles was assured. A move to Brighton more than thirty years ago, guaranteed that the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run would be an important annual event in my year, initially as a spectator, and for the last twenty-six years as a driver, after acquiring an 1899 Benz and a 1902 De Dion Bouton from various family members, who had owned the vehicles from the very early 1930s. These have been my regular steeds for the journey down to Brighton.
As an historian, I am well aware of the impact that the ‘Light Locomotives Act of 1896 and the first ‘Emancipation Run’ had upon arousing interest in motorised transport, and ensuring its eventual widespread adoption, but there are other more personal reasons for supporting the annual event. Within my own family, the cars we own are cherished items that several different generations have driven and enjoyed now for nine decades; the recent successful completion by ‘Fifi’ of yet another run, with my youngest daughter at the wheel, was a perfect opportunity for a family celebration. For many families with cars, participation in the Brighton Run is an important activity in the calendar. Likewise, for many residents of Brighton and Sussex, the sight of several hundred ancient vehicles making their way south, is something which connects them to their forebears too.
My interest in serving as a member of the Steering Committee is to support the efforts of the organisers to continue the successful running of this pre-eminent event that celebrates the introduction of motorised transport, and which brings so much pleasure and enjoyment to many thousands of people.
In recent years I have written and published articles and books on early motoring, with a particular focus on the machinery produced by the De Dion Bouton company in Paris. I am Chairman of the De Dion Bouton Club UK and a member of both the Executive Committee and Dating Advisory Committee of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain.
Evert Louwman, International Participant Representative
My father collected veteran cars and I inherited his passion from a very young age. This passion has stayed with me into adulthood and I now own the Louwman Museum in The Hague, Netherlands. My enthusiasm for veteran cars is demonstrated by some of the early cars I own and regularly enter into the Run. Amongst them are two cars from the film Genevieve, the Spyker and the Darracq famously named “Genevieve”.
I first took part in this historic event in 1970 and have participated successfully many times since. I am a proud member of the Steering Group and am delighted that using our collective and continued support we have developed the Run into a four day event with a greater international appreciated programme.
My aim is to create more awareness around the Run so the financial stability of the event is protected. I believe that this historic car event should continue to take place for generations to come!
Philip Oldman, Chairman of the Judging Panel, Regent Street Motor Show Concours
I purchased my first veteran car in 1994 a single cylinder 1902 De Dion Bouton completing the first London to Brighton Run in 1995 and participated every year since, not all with success failing three times. This year will be my twenty fifth run, which hopefully will be a successful one with not too many problems on route. I am also delighted that this year Alan Titchmarsh will be the co- driver of my 1902 Mors.
Through the election process I joined the Steering Group and following many years of service was elected Chairman of the judging panel for the Concours de Elegance, a position never envisaged when I first entered the run in 1995.
I joined the VCC in 1994 and taken part in various events all over the country, making many good friends on route. I also enjoy other motoring events and ride my 1909 Minerva in the Sunbeam Pioneer Run from Epson Downs to Brighton. In 2013 with the 20 Ghost Club l completed the 2000-mile Alpine Tour driving my 1914 Silver Ghost through Austria, Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia.
I am very passionate about the VCR and want to encourage more entrants to take part in the full list of events the R.A.C. now offers in their motoring week leading up to the big day. Especially the International Concours d` Elegance on Regent Street the Saturday before the Sunday Run to Brighton.
Nicholas Pellett, Participant Representative
I have been involved with historic motor cars for some fifty years. During this time I have either taken part or organised events, races and rallies all over the world and owned vehicles dated as early as 1890. I am still actively involved in helping to run early motor clubs, including publishing a magazine, writing research articles and promoting new events principally for pre Great War vehicles.
I see my role on the Steering Group as one which aims to reflect and maintain the historically important nature of this earliest of all the great motoring events. Having driven on over 30 London to Brighton Veteran Car Runs, I know that this is a challenging task in a world which has changed so much, and where the interests of entrants, organisers and the authorities have to be reconciled to meet expectations on what is increasingly a world stage.
Harold Pritchard, Participant Representative
In common with many other VCC members I was attracted to veteran cars and the Brighton Run by the film Genevieve. Indeed it has to be said that I am a bit of an anorak on the subject and came up with the idea of the Genevieve 50th anniversary weekend in 2002.
I bought my first veteran car in 1993 and have taken part in the Run with my family every year since. I am passionate about the Run and wouldn’t miss the weekend for the world. I am usually to be found in my trusty 1903 De Dion twin which, despite its very regular use, is wonderfully original. It is also very versatile having a detachable coach built roof but you can be sure that I never have it on for a rainy Brighton!
My newer cars are a 1914 sports Humber and various other vintage and classic vehicles including a Rudge Multi given by King George V to the King of Nigeria in 1921. I have also recently acquired a 1934 Singer Le Mans which raced at Brooklands and Donnington in period.
I have rallied in veteran, vintage and classic cars extensively in the UK and Europe and have been an organiser of six VCC main events amongst others.
When I’m not playing with old cars I am Distribution Director for Legal & General working in the Broker market and Honorary Vice President of Enfield rugby club.
Michael Quinn, Royal Automobile Club Representative
As a member of the Club’s Motoring Committee from 2002 – 2015, I feel reasonably justified in being able to represent the members on this most important Steering Group. Perhaps more importantly I have been driving on the Run since 1990, on either a New Orleans, Daimler or Lanchester, although, alas, none of them owned by myself.
I manage my own specialist Jaguar service and repair business in London (Quinn Lyons) and I also happen to be patron of the Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Trust and trustee of the Sir William Lyons Charitable Trust, formed by my grandfather – the founder of Jaguar Cars Ltd.
I am a firm believer in celebrating our rich motoring heritage and the Veteran Car Run is not only important to the Club as one of its premier events, but also to the nation as a milestone in our motoring landscape. I will therefore be doing my utmost to ensure the Run continues to thrive for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
Chris Rolph, Participant Representative
I was first involved with the VCR in 1979 as spectator whilst a student at City and Guilds College, part of Imperial College, then drove in the run in 1980 and 1981 in the College’s 1902 James and Browne.
I have supported the VCR every year since, initially as a spectator then as a marshal until I purchased and restored a 1903 Rambler in 1991. Since then I have driven on the run every year, 12 runs with the Rambler then co-driving 1903 and 1904 Cadillacs. The last three runs have been in my 1904 Wolseley.
I am particularly interested in early motoring and car history especially researching rare and unusual vehicles and assist on the VCC Dating Advisory Committee. Over the last 15 years I have organised many Veteran car events including running a yearly one day event for Veteran and Edwardian cars. I take part in veteran, vintage and motorcycle events in the UK and Europe, including being a regular entrant in the Pioneer run from London to Brighton for pre 1914 motorbikes and tricycles.
I am a professional design and development engineer and maintain my own veteran, Edwardian and classic cars and motorcycles.
Joy Tacon, Participant Representative
I have been involved with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run since childhood, as my late father, Peter Tacon, was a regular participant, featuring in Genevieve with his Humber forecar. The run has become our annual family get-together. My sister and brother participate with their 1903 cars along with me in my 1904 Autocar: our 6 children, aged 15-24, join in every year. We are so pleased that our children want to carry on with this family tradition.
I want to ensure that the run continues to be a fun, friendly, inclusive and enjoyable experience which attracts the younger generation.
Daniel Ward, Participant Representative
I am a founder member of the Steering Group following the Red Flag Run. I am committed to protecting the integrity and long term security of the Run. To this end, I voted for the increase in entry fees last year to ensure the financial stability of the Run. This has brought the figures back into the black for the first time in many years.
My main focus is to develop ideas for the whole London Motor Week prior to the Run and continually improve the quality and variety of the activities that are offered.
It has to be said that the Veteran Car Run has gone from strength to strength in the last 10 years. Spectator numbers and public awareness are rising every year along with external sponsorship interest which is vital to maintain viability. The level of oversees entrants continues to grow and brings awareness of the event to a new audience to the benefit of all concerned.
The car clubs that generously give their time to support this event are listed below.
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Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, 750 Motor Club, All Wheel Drive Club, Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Bentley Drivers Club, Borough 19 Motor Club Limited, Brighton and Hove Motor Club, Croydon and District Motor Club, The Gay Classic Car Group, Goodwood Marshals Club, Lotus Seven Club, MG Car Club, Sevenoaks & District Motor Club, Silverstone Marshals Club, Southern Car Club, Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club and The Triumph Sport Six Club.