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London is gearing up to greet 450 vintage cars during the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on November 1 ….writes Asian Lite News

The 1901 De Dion Bouton owned from new by the Gresham family 4
London is gearing up to greet 450 vintage cars during the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on November 1

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the pinnacle event in a week of motoring in the capital during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum and the Regent Street Motor Show.

The Royal Automobile Club was founded in 1897 and its distinguished history mirrors that of motoring itself. In 1907, the Club was awarded its Royal title by King Edward VII, sealing the Club’s status as Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation. Each and every one of the 450 remarkable vehicles that enter the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on November 1 has its own extraordinary tale to tell.

First day out for the 1901 De Dion Bouton owned from new by the Gresham family 2
London is gearing up to greet 450 vintage cars during the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on November 1

Some of these venerable machines dating back to the dawn of motoring have been passed down through generations, continuing long-running family traditions; others have been rescued from automotive graveyards all around the globe and restored especially to follow the iconic trail from central London to the Sussex coast.

Not all pre-1905 cars have been quite so treasured but somehow they have stood the test of time having received attention in more recent times. One example is the 1902 Delahaye entered into this year’s Run by Dr. Dan Suskin. This was found derelict under a pile of apple boxes in rural Normandy and, though still in its original ownership, had been unused for nearly 80 years.

Ivan Odds’ stylish 1903 Clement is another example of a car that previously suffered some neglect having come to light as little more than a pile of bits on the Isle of Wight. Martin Tacon’s 1903 Humber trike was discovered languishing in a Norfolk chicken farm by his father, before being meticulously restored in time for its first Run back in 1951.

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London is gearing up to greet 450 vintage cars during the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on November 1

Then there is the 1903 Peugeot owned by Dr. Ken Butcher which was chanced upon in an even more unlikely hideaway – the smart two-seater had been dismantled, put into packaging cases and stored under the dusty floorboards of a London house. These cars are now regular sights on the world’s longest-running motoring event and will take their place at the start in Hyde Park on 1 November.

Owners of all pre-1905 vehicles who are planning to enter this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run have until Friday 31 July to take advantage of the discounted advance entry fee – after the end of this month the standard entry fee will apply. More information on the Run can be found at www.veterancarrun.com.

The 1901 De Dion Bouton owned from new by the Gresham family 1
London is gearing up to greet 450 vintage cars during the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on November 1