London to Brighton veteran car run gets green light for 2020

Drive commemorates 1896 run which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act

London to Brighton veteran car run gets green light for 2020

The London to Brighton ‘veteran car run’ will be going ahead as planned on Sunday 1 November 2020, The Royal Automobile Club has announced.

With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the RM Sotheby’s Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act.

The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

Ben Cussons, chairman of the club said: “It gives the club enormous pleasure to be announcing this news and it’s wonderful that we are able to use the traditional London to Brighton route.

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“The event will commence with a rolling start on The Mall and we wish every participant an unforgettable drive to Madeira Drive.

“It’s now full steam ahead to prepare for this year.”

The first commemoration of the Emancipation Run was held in 1897 with a drive to Sheen House in Richmond Park.

Then, in 1927, the inaugural re-enactment followed the original Brighton route and has taken place every November since, apart from the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed.

The Royal Automobile Club has managed the run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.

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