It’s the world’s longest-running motoring event and regularly attracts around five hundred entries, many of whom have been competing for many years… but for those considering taking part for the first time, where to begin?
To help first-timers considering joining the annual capital-to-coast pilgrimage, organisers have produced a comprehensive guide designed to make the entire process of planning, entering and taking part as easy as possible.
The advice covers everything from ensuring your vehicle is eligible for the event, to applying to enter the Run itself. Eligible vehicles must have been manufactured before 1 January 1905 and have a valid Dating Certificate from the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain (VCC).
If you don’t already own a veteran car there are even tips about buying one at the annual Bonhams Auction held on the Friday before the Run, and the event’s title partner is also offering an induction to any vehicles wishing to take part in the Run on Sunday with an after-sales service on Saturday morning.
The First Timers Guide details the other motoring events happening over the Run weekend, such as the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, the EFG International Concours d’Elegance and the VCC Annual Dinner held after the Run at the Grand Hotel, Brighton which, this year, takes place on Sunday 1 November.
There’s also advice about the best way to transport your car to London, where to store it overnight, hotel suggestions and how to arrange a luggage transfer or tender vehicle support to await your arrival in Brighton.
When it comes to the Run itself, map-reading skills are not required as the majority of the 60-mile route follows the A23 and event branded signs are displayed along the entire length of the route.
Be prepared for an early start, though, as the first cars leave Hyde Park as dawn breaks. Cars are expected to arrive at Brighton’s Madeira Drive from 10.00am with stragglers finishing by 4.30pm.
Top tips gleaned from previous participants include:
- Take plenty of water, petrol, oil and spares
- Take a passenger with a sense of humour
- Vaseline for your lips (most veteran cars are open to the elements)
- Wear warm and waterproof clothing – heavy weather oilskins if it’s raining
- Spectators appreciate period costume
- Use an old wooden ruler as a fuel tank dipstick
- Allow plenty of space between you and the car in front
But above all…
- Keep smiling and take plenty of photos
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run First Timers Guide is available via the event website atwww.veterancarrun.com.