The London to Bright Veteran Car Run

The 2016 London to Brighton Bonham's Veteran Car Run is the world’s longest running motoring event and takes place on Sunday 6th November.  It is one of Britain’s biggest motoring spectacles, attracting entrants from around the world, and will go along Streatham High Rd after 7.15am. It is not to be missed!

“The Emancipation Run” annually celebrates the passing into law of the "Locomotives on the Highway Act" on November 14th, 1896, which raised the speed limit for 'Light Locomotives' from 4 miles per hour to 14 mph (reduced to 12 mph before the Act came into force), and abolished the requirement for the car to be preceded by a man on foot!

This year 400+ vehicles are registered to enter.  The first group of cars will be leaving Hyde Park at approximately 7.02am (times may change on the day) and the last group leaves about 1½ hours later.  Each group consist of about 10 to 16 cars with an interval of about 2 minutes between groups.  The full list of entrants with pictures can be seen at www.veterancarrun.com.  

The 2016 Run will mark the 130th birthday of the world’s first automobile.  The inventor Karl Benz’s Patent-Motorwagen was a two-seater, three-wheeler, powered by a single cylinder four-stroke engine mounted at the rear.  It is widely regarded as the world’s first purpose-designed automobile.  Its first public demonstration run was not very successful, it collided with a wall. 

To celebrate the anniversary this year’s Run will have a German flavour.  Among the 400+ entries taking part in the event are 14 German-made cars, including examples of long forgotten marques such as Adler, Delin, and Cudell, which will be joined by a number of Benz and Mercedes cars, including a Benz Victoria and a Benz Phaeton, both from 1898, plus a 1901 Benz Spider and a 1902 Mercedes Simplex.

Last year there were quite a few spectators out on the High Rd, with particularly good views opposite Streatham Station, where a few stalled at the traffic lights. The Filling Station was the only café open early enough to see all the cars and dispense hot drinks to their occupants and spectators last year, but this year we're hoping more Streatham cafes will be opening early to enjoy this special Streatham spectacle.

Café's with a good view open from 7.15 am include Filling Station, El Chico's, and Deli Llama, or head for brunch after 10am to Hood or Boyce Da Roca.

Categorised: