The Veteran Car Run - dating back to 1927 - was founded to commemorate the Emancipation Run of 1896 which celebrated the new-found freedom of motorists granted by the ‘repeal of the Red Flag Act’. The Act raised the speed limit to 14mph and abolished the need for a man carrying a red flag to walk ahead of the cars whenever they were being driven.
As ever, the historic event’s unique charisma has attracted a number of star cars and well-known personalities and among this year’s notable machines is Britain’s oldest Fiat, a splendid four-seater vis-à-vis bodied model which will be helping the illustrious Italian company to celebrate its 120th anniversary.
Meanwhile TV personality and classic car enthusiast Alan Titchmarsh will be fulfilling a lifetime ambition when driving a 1902 Mors to the Sussex seaside resort, while fellow TV presenter and motoring guru, Fuzz Townshend, will be behind the wheel of the National Motor Museum’s meticulously prepared 1904 De Dion Bouton.
After leaving Hyde Park, the veterans will drive through Admiralty Arch, down Constitution Hill, past Buckingham Palace and onto the Mall, before heading down Whitehall to Parliament Square. Then, as a result of roadworks at Bridge Street (the link between Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge), a small but necessary amendment has been made to the route out of London with all the cars now set to travel over Lambeth Bridge.
Aside from the start, timings are approximate with the first cars expected at Crawley from 8.20am with the last leaving by 2.00pm. The first car is due at the Madeira Drive finish shortly after 10am while to be sure of a finishers’ medal to celebrate a punctual arrival at Brighton, participants need to make it to the finish before the 4.30pm curfew.