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Bonhams London To Brighton Veteran Car Run at Hyde Park


The breadth of the field of entrants from all over the world is an essential part of what makes the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run such a great annual Run - it is testament to the popularity of the event.

The Run takes place on the first Sunday of every November and commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896 which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot. The early law required the man on foot to carry a red flag but that requirement was abolished in 1878. The Locomotive Act was still widely known as the 'Red Flag Act' and a red flag was symbolically destroyed at the start of the Emancipation Run, as it is today just before the start in Hyde Park.

In 2015 we are celebrating the 119th anniversary of the very first Run. Today, it represents a rare opportunity for participants to take their extraordinary automobiles on this historic 60-mile journey from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront in the Sussex resort of Brighton.

Few events in today's international calendar such as the Bonhams Veteran Car Run can claim such individuality, personality and character. The 500 fine examples of pre-1905 manufactured vehicles that take part in the 60-mile demonstration showcase the ground-breaking spirit and engineering ability of the early motorist.

The Run will have pioneering cars and tricycles powered by examples of all three types of propulsion, all with the goal of reaching Brighton by the end of the day.

The first of the 500 cars leaving Hyde Park as dawn breaks just before 7am.

The route then threads under Wellington Arch before passing Buckingham Palace at the start of the 60-mile trip to Brighton. Used last year for the first time in recent history, the drive past the Palace and down The Mall delighted spectators and participants in equal measure.

Not only is the Veteran Car Run the world's oldest motoring event, it is one of the most popular, too. It is estimated that as many as half a million spectators line the route as it winds its way to the official finish, at Brighton's Madeira Drive. The entire event is free to view.

And the Run is just one element of London Motor Week, most of which is free and open to the general public. Other events include the popular free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, to be held on Saturday 31 October.

Venue Details & Map

Hyde Park

Hyde Park
W2 2UH
0300 061 2000
Public transport:
Tube: Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch.

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