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London To Brighton Events

London To Brighton Events

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is a mass start motoring event which takes place each summer along the A23 road corridor from Hyde Park Corner in central London to Brighton. The idea of a car run from London to Brighton was first conceived by Leslie Hounsell, editor of Motor Sport magazine. It was brought to life following an article in the Daily Mail newspaper written by Hounsell's friend, the journalist Roundell Palmer. It duly occurred on Sunday 7 September 1928, piloted by Prince Blount, and covered in just over 4 hours at an average speed of 38 mph (61 km/h).

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is an annual car rally that takes place each June, Mad About Brighton (madaboutbrighton.co.uk). It was founded by Captain Walter Brand in 1896, as a Concours d'Elegance for veteran and vintage cars. The single-day event covers a route of 132 miles (212 km) from its headquarters at Preston Park, Brighton to the Royal Automobile Club in London. At one time there was a rival run organised on the south coast of England that ran between Bexhill and Brighton on the same date.

That event became known as the Sussex Express and eventually ceased to be as popular as it once had been. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world's oldest motoring event and took place for the 162nd time on Sunday 12 November 2017. It begins at Hyde Park, London in front of the Royal Albert Hall and finishes at Madeira Drive, West Brighton Park & Kemptown in Brighton, part of the English coastal city of Brighton and Hove.

The 26 mile (42 km) route follows the historic alignment of its inventor James Moore R. A. who conducted the first runs from 1902 to 1905 in his steam-powered 3-wheeler, The "Little Red Car". The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is a motoring event held annually in Great Britain. The first run took place on 15 November 1896, when 21 veteran cars set out from Hyde Park, London to Brighton; the route was via Kingston upon Thames, Streatham, Croydon, Redhill and Shoreham-by-Sea.

The Club's objective was to run a reliable motor car rally for vintage vehicles. The distance is 90 miles each way between start and finish, giving a total of 180 miles (290 km). The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is a motoring event held on the first Sunday in November, covering the 106 miles (171 km) from Hyde Park Corner in central London to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, Sussex. Originating as part of a garden party to raise money for charity organised by businessman and ex-Royal engineer Tom Blower in 1896, it became an annual event from 1927.

Motoring events

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is an annual human-powered event that commemorates the invention of the automobile by Karl Benz. It was started in 1896 and is one of Britain's oldest motoring events. It takes place the first Sunday of September from Hyde Park, London, to Preston Park in Brighton on the historic route originally taken by the 1896 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The run is organised by the Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC) and includes vehicles manufactured before 1906.

A maximum of 500 people complete the run each year, with tens of thousands following behind, many making their own way to Brighton for a long weekend. This year it’s up to London! Next month's London to Brighton Mini Run — probably the world's biggest classic car run, with an average of around 30,000 cars — will get underway on the south bank of the Thames just before noon on 3 May. No word yet from Guinness World Records as to whether they'll be counting the number of cars this year; last year's total was 1450.

To join in the run or watch it pass, turn off Lambeth Bridge on Sunday 3 May at 11. 45am and go across to the South Bank by Tower Bridge Road to see the vehicles start their procession towards Brighton, which passes through south London suburbs including Richmond and Croydon. The Mini is arguably one of the most iconic cars of all time. It’s hard to find a classic car nut who hasn’t heard of the Mini, and hasn’t wanted to have a go driving one.

Every year around 1500 Minis drive from London to Brighton and back in pairs (500 cars leave Victoria Park and another 500 leave Hyde Park Corner), it’s the biggest gathering of Minis there has ever been! What makes it so unique is the convivial atmosphere, the fact that anyone can take part and that no matter what type of Mini you have people will always admire your journey. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is one of the most popular motoring events in the UK and is also a major part of the Festival of Speed.

The event takes place on the first Sunday in June and has been staged every year since 1998, except 2006 when the event was cancelled due to fears over disruption caused by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It attracts over 1,000 cars and around 25,000 spectators. The London to Brighton Bike Ride will start in Clapham Common, madaboutbrighton.co.uk at 12:00HRS and will finish in Brighton Centre, madaboutbrighton.co.uk . 10. The journey takes approximately 49 min.

Other events

In August 2010, the mayor of Brighton and Hove allowed for a vehicle with a political message to lead the parade, and it included a former fire engine with a large mock flame-thrower on its roof. Traffic congestion followed briefly after an altercation on the seafront between leading parade participants and others trying to drive to work. On the same day as the Vehicle Engineering Exhibition in September 2011, there was also a 'car-free'beach party at Preston Park.

The beach party's main attraction was a roadblock protest where fake traffic signs were used to create a traffic jam in front of Brighton's Palace Pier. A campaign called "Cars are not allowed on the beach" is responsible for organising both events. It says that. A LONDON to Brighton Veteran Car Run, covering the historic 71-mile route from Hyde Park Corner in London to Madeira Drive on the seafront at Brighton was staged for the first time in June 2011.

It was held again in June 2012 and every year since. From 2013 it has been organised by the Historic Motor Sports Association. A record 65 cars took part in 2019’s run, including a Jaguar XJ13 (driven by an eight-year old girl). See also. In the past, other Brighton to London events have included those for air-cooled Porsches, Aston Martins, 1950s and 1960s British saloons, classic motorcycles, Japanese sports cars, and electric vehicles.