Watching the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

The London to Brighton Veteran Car run takes place on every first Sunday in November, running 60 miles from Hyde Park in London to Brighton. It celebrates the ‘Emancipation Run’ of 1896, when the speed limit was raised from 4mph to 14mph! As well as abolishing the need to have someone walk in front of a car waving a red flag. The first reenactment was run in 1927, and has happened every year since, excluding the second world war years, and 1947 when petrol was still being rationed. Today, it’s the longest running motoring event in the world.

To enter cars must have been manufactured before 1905. Over 500 cars start (although not all finish) averaging 25 mph along the 60 mile route. They range in value from £25,000 to several million. Around 25% come from outside the UK, being shipped from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia.

Spectators can view the vehicles at the start line in Hyde Park, or in Brighton. The official finish is at Preston Park in Brighton, a couple of miles from the centre. However, the cars then complete a final run down to Madeira Drive on the sea front, where they stay from late morning to around 4.00pm. Madeira Drive is the spot to head for to enjoy watching the cars and the party atmosphere. See the official website Here for more details.

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