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Veteran Car arrives on Madeira DriveThe Veteran Car Run takes place on the first Sunday in November. It commemorates the Emancipation Run of 1896 when 30 cars made the first ever London to Brighton Run to celebrate the abolition of the 4 mph speed limit on 'light locomotives' as they were known in law.

The next run did not happen until 1927, and they have happened annually ever since - not in WW II, I should imagine.

Around 500 vehicles take part. To be eligible for entry they must have been built before 1st. January 1905! Although a few slightly younger cars may be allowed to participate at the organisers' discretion.

The aim of the run is to complete the journey by 4-30pm. All who do are awarded a Finisher's Medal. Car speeds average about 20mph.

The event is sponsored by Bonhams, the auctioneers, the run is the conclusion to a three day event, which is includes the Regent Street Motor Show. It is almost certainly the most expensive of the annual runs.

It's a great spectacle and well worth seeing. Unfortunately it is held in November, and the weather is often unkind.


2018 Veteran Car Run

On Sunday, 4 November


Organiser: Bonham's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run