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RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – 03 November 2024

November 3 @ 6:00 am - 4:30 pm

London to Brighton Vetran Car Run 2022
With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the RM Sotheby’s Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton (staged specifically as a non-profit making event) 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.
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 and 2020 during the global Covid-19 pandemic. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2021, with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.
The event today attracts over 400 automobiles with an eligibility criterion that requires the cars to be of three or four wheel design and certified that their build took place prior to 1 January 1905.


Celebrating 120 years of the 'Ladies Automobile Club'

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of The Ladies’ Automobile Club, the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has commissioned a special painting by the renowned motoring artist Anna-Louise Felstead, to mark the significant milestone which will be celebrated on this year’s Run on Sunday 3 November.

The painting features two elegantly attired Edwardian lady motorists clearly enjoying their new-found freedom and the unbridled excitement of the open road aboard an archetypal veteran car of the pioneering period.

These very desirable and collectable anniversary posters will only available later in the summer to online orders from the Royal Automobile Club Shop accessed via the website: www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk. Packs of five postcards, featuring the same commemorative design, will also be available from the shop priced at just £5 plus delivery. More of Felstead’s work can be seen at www.alfelstead.com or via Instagram: @alfelstead.

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