Photo courtesy Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world’s longest-running motoring event, and an annual celebration of the gift of freedom that automobiles have given us. Entry registration for this year’s run, which takes place on November 5, is now open for all pre-1905 vehicles. Organizers are putting a special focus on French motoring, and would like to welcome as many French marques and participants as possible. Registration is also open for the open-top bus tours that follow the run, providing transit from London to Brighton and back again.
London to Brighton commemorates the Emancipation Run held on November 14, 1898 to celebrate the passage of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit in Britain from 4 MPH to 14 MPH. (Though a requirement that automobiles be preceded by a man on foot and carrying a red flag had been done away with in 1878, the law overturned in 1898 is often referred to as the “Red Flag Act.”)
The event takes place on public roads between London and Brighton, often following the same route as the original. Owners from all over the world and all walks of life converge on London for this event, united in their enthusiasm for these pioneering machines, while spectators line the 60-mile route, cheering them on.