The longest running motoring event in the world provides a vast range of exciting historic cars, cruising their way through the streets of London ending in Brighton.
The one of a kind event is ran by the Royal Automobile Club and will draw in more than 500 owners of pre-1905 cars this coming Sunday. The cars from all over the world will make the 60-mile dash from London’s Hyde Park to Brighton’s seasfront. Many of the cars are carefully dispatched from as far out as USA and New Zealand.
Established in 1896, the rally was originally an Emancipation Run celebrating the Lomomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4mph to 14mph, with a number of celebrities and Royals previously taking part.
A week prior to the event, auction house Bonham’s stages an auction of veteran car eligible to join the event. As well as the rally and auction, a concourse in Regent Street showcases more than 100 of the cars, whilst a number make demonstration runs along Conduit Street and around Berkeley Square.
Spectating is free throughout the entire event: Norbury, Purley, Croydon, Horley, Gatwick, Crawley, Cuckfield, Burgess Hill and all the additional villages en route to Brighton. With more than a million spectators lining the route, it’s essential onlookers arrive early to guarantee a good view.
Cars will leave Hyde Park in pairs at sunrise, which is expected to be around 7am and travel about 20mph towards Brighton. The first vehicles will arrive at Marine Parade at 10am, with the last pottering in around 4.30pm.