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Monday, October 7, 2013

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Adds Regularity Trial

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club
One of the car events I’d love to see is the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. It’s been going for 117 years, longer than any other motoring event, covers the 60 miles from London to Brighton, and is restricted to veteran cars—cars built before 1905.

This year’s version, scheduled for November 3, has added a new twist. For those for whom getting to the finish line isn’t challenging enough (and not every car does finish), the Royal Automobile Club has added a regularity trial. What that means is that competitors are expected to keep a certain average speed, with penalties for arriving at secret check points and the finish too early or too late.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club
Rather like a rally, but if you have visions of speeding cars skidding around corners, it won’t be like that. Competitors can choose to do the run in three, four, five or six hours, with three hours being approximately 20 mph and six being 10 mph. It’s better to be slow than fast, with one penalty point being added for each minute over and two for each minute under. There will be a winner in each of the four time classes.


There could be as many as 500 cars participating in this year’s run, and half-a-million people turning out to watch. Some of them will no doubt also go to the Regent Street Motor Show the day before, which offers a Concours d’Elegance for veteran cars.
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club

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