Το τριήμερο που μας πέρασε, από 4 έως 6 Νοεμβρίου, πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Λονδίνο το London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Το event, ήταν το 78ο σε ιστορία 115 χρόνων και στο οποίο μπορούσαν να πάρουν μέρος αυτοκίνητα με έτος κατασκευής μέχρι το 1905. Ήταν χωρισμένο σε 3 διαφορετικές ενότητες, την δημοπρασία 7 οχημάτων, την επίδειξη τους στο κέντρο του Λονδίνου, στη Regent Street η οποία έκλεισε για 5 ώρες και τέλος την διαδρομή από το Hyde Park μέχρι το Brighton σαν άτυπο αγώνα. Φέτος, συνέπεσε με την επέτειο των 125 χρόνων της εφεύρεσης του αυτοκινήτου από την Mercedes-Benz και η Jutta Benz, τρισέγγονη του Carl Benz, ήταν η πρώτη που εκίνησε από τον Λονδίνο τη Κυριακή το πρωί με μια Benz Patent-Motorwagen του 1886.
Την Παρασκευή, λοιπόν, πραγματοποιήθηκε στον διάσημο οίκο δημοπρασιών Bonhams, δημοπρασία που περιελάμβανε την πώληση των ακόλουθων 7 αυτοκίνητων:
- ένα Renault 8hp Type G Two-Seater Chassis no. 416 Engine no. 8617 του 1902 με τιμή πώλησης £89.500
- ένα Deckert 8hp Two-seater Chassis no. T145 Engine no. 276B επίσης του 1902 με τιμή πώλησης £66.400
- ένα Daley Quadricycle Chassis no. 9175 Engine no. 9175 του 1898 με τιμή πώλησης £44.400
- ένα Sunbeam-Mabley Cycle Car Engine no. 15372 του 1901 με τιμή πώλησης £65.300
- ένα Pope-Tribune Model II 6hp Two-seater Runabout Chassis no. 287 Engine no. 359 του 1904 με τιμή πώλησης £34.500
- ένα Panhard-Levassor Type M2F 6hp Wagonette Chassis no. 1510 Engine no. 1510 του 1899 με τιμή πώλησης £158.800
- ένα Talbot CT2K 9/11hp Twin-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau Chassis no. 3085 με τιμή πώλησης £140.000 και τέλος
- ένα Fisson 8hp Twin-Cylinder Six-seat Wagonette Chassis no. 502 του 1901 με τιμή πώλησης £156.600
Μαζί με τα προαναφερθέντα αυτοκίνητα δημοπρατήθηκαν και πολλά άλλα αντικείμενα εκείνης της εποχής, όπως περιοδικά, βιβλία, εγκυκλοπαίδειες, φωτογραφίες, πίνακες, card postal, σήματα αυτοκινήτων, λάμπες, ανταλλακτικά αυτοκίνητων, ρούχα, τσάντες, σκουφιά και πολλά άλλα. Φωτογραφίες μπορείς να βρεις στη συνέχεια.
Τη Κυριακή και με ώρα εκκίνησης 7:02 το πρωί τα 539 οχήματα από 23 διαφορετικές χώρες όπως Αγγλία, Αμερική, Γαλλία, Γερμανία, Ιρλανδία, Ελβετία, Βέλγιο και πολλές άλλες αναχώρησαν από την Apsley Gate του Hyde Park για να φτάσουν μετά από την κάλυψη 60 μιλίων στο νότιο παραθαλάσσιο θέρετρο του Brighton χρησιμοποιώντας τον αυτοκινητόδρομο Α23. Η επιτυχία του θεωρείται δεδομένη και οι οργανωτές πιστεύουν ο αριθμός των θεατών θα ξεπεράσει τους 500.000 που ήταν πέρσι καθιστώντας το το πιο δημοφιλές ελεύθερο και χωρίς χρέωση αυτοκινητιστικό γεγονός. Η επιτυχία του είναι τόσο μεγάλη που μια έρευνα του Πανεπιστημίου του Brighton αναφέρει ότι το γεγονός απέφερε στη πόλη του Brighton εισοδήματα ύψους 1,1 εκ λιρών. Ανάμεσα στους συμμετέχοντες ήταν και ο 58-χρόνος διάσημος πρωταθλητής της Formula 1 το 1992 και την επόμενη χρονιά στα Indy, Nigel Mansell, οδηγώντας μια Mercedes Simplex του 1902 έχοντας στο πλευρό του τον Υπουργό Μεταφορών της Αγγλίας, Mike Penning. Επίσης και άλλοι διάσημοι είτε από το χώρο της τηλεόρασης είτε Δούκισσες της Αγγλίας.
Για πλήρη αναλυτικές λεπτομέρειες στα 10 Δελτία Τύπου που ακολουθούν.
Renault 8hp Type G Two-Seater Chassis no. 416 Engine no. 8617
Deckert 8hp Two-seater Chassis no. T145 Engine no. 276B
Daley Quadricycle Chassis no. 9175 Engine no. 9175
Sunbeam-Mabley Cycle Car Engine no. 15372
Pope-Tribune Model II 6hp Two-seater Runabout Chassis no. 287 Engine no. 359
Panhard-Levassor Type M2F 6hp Wagonette Chassis no. 1510 Engine no. 1510
Talbot CT2K 9/11hp Twin-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau Chassis no. 3085
Fisson 8hp Twin-Cylinder Six-seat Wagonette Chassis no. 502
Bonhams and Automobilia
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
75th Hyde Park annual start for quintessential London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Special celebrations will be in order on Sunday 6November as The Royal Automobile Club’s 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run marks the 75th anniversary start from Hyde Park. The historic annual 60-mile Run will honour the birth of motoring innovation in an iconic British setting, with the first Veteran car leaving the Royal Park at official sunrise 07:02.
The largest of the Royal Parks, Hyde Park is renowned for hosting the pinnacle of British events and the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, co-sponsored by Tindle Newspapers and Bonhams Auctioneers, is certainly no exception. Since the Royal Automobile Club moved the start of the annual Run that celebrates the 1896 Emancipation Run, to Hyde Park in 1936, it has become as integral to the event as the journey the 19th Century motor cars make. Hyde Park has remained synonymous with early motoring since the Run was first held there 75 years ago, and this year’s anniversary celebration commends the dedication and continued passion of those who continue to enjoy historic automobiles.
The 2011 Run promises to surpass all previous events with over 500 cars entered and participants from China, the USA and Australia already confirmed. In addition to the celebrations at Hyde Park, 2011 will also mark the 125th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz and its first patented motor car, as Germany is honoured as the country of celebration.
Exclusive to pre-1905 motor vehicles, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world’s longest running motoring event and a truly unique experience for both spectators and participants alike on the 60-mile route. Previous Runs have seen many famous celebrities and sporting personalities amongst the participants, including the Royal Family, making this year’s anniversary event one not to miss.
2011 has been a special Royal year for Britain, and the Run with its 75th Anniversary start from Hyde Park will surely seal this year as one of Britain’s finest. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is one of the biggest free-to-view events in the country, and few other annual celebrations command the prestige and excitement of this quintessentially British celebration of international automotive commitment and creativity.
111 year old Porsche Hybrid enters London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
A rare 1900 Lohner-Porsche, the world’s first electric front wheel drive hybrid car, is the latest International entry in this year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
The 19th Century pioneering hybrid design motor car known as “Mixte” was conceived and built by Ferdinand Porsche whilst working for Vienna coachbuilder Jacob Lohner.
Entered from Austria, the Veteran motor car will be famously driven on the Run by Ernst Piech, grandson of the late Austrian pioneer and Andreas Lohner of the coachbuilder family.
In the late 1890s Lohner recruited Ferdinand as a youngster with no engineering training but shortly after the launch of this Lohner-Porsche he was quickly recruited by Daimler-Benz before starting his own automotive company. On Porsche’s departure, Lohner commented “he is very young, but is a man with a big career before him. You will hear of him again.”
Now, 111 years later, the Lohner-Porsche will take part in the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run sponsored by Tindle Newspapers and Bonhams Auctioneers on Sunday 6 November. This unique car will also feature in the event’s Concours d’Elegance staged on the previous day in Regent Street.
One of more than 500 pre-1905 motor cars participating in the 115th anniversary of the world’s longest running and greatest motoring event, spectators will be encouraged to look out for the Lohner-Porsche, or, more accurately, listen out for the distinct sound of an engine running at constant revs regardless of the car’s speed.
By mounting electric motors in the wheels, Porsche had done away with any need for transmission or driveshafts. Unfortunately, battery technology at the time was rudimentary and made the car very heavy.
The concept however impressed customers, and the firm received orders for a different version of his first development car. It included a petrol engine to generate electricity, topping up the batteries and increasing the car’s range, making it the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle. This also reduced the weight of the batteries but retained the benefits of a transmissionless drive. It was a simple concept but one that has stood the test of time with the development of today’s low-energy hybrids.
The Lohner-Porsche was not only a revolutionary vehicle in its day, but it was also strangely prescient of vehicles more than a Century later, as will be seen in the Club’s Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge taking place during Saturday 5 November.
This is an event for 21st Century low-energy vehicles that are competing with each other to complete the same 60 mile Veteran Car Run route in reverse using the least energy possible. The event starts in Brighton and finishes in Pall Mall, London, before the cars parade to Regent Street and feature alongside the Concours d’Elegance event for the 19th Century cars taking part in the following day’s Run to Brighton.
Few Lohner-Porsche cars survive, and whilst it is unlikely to find one in the Veteran Car Run Auction, presented by Bonhams, held on the Friday prior to the event it will be possible to find the biggest collection of Veteran cars eligible for the Run on sale in one place. Some even have entries for the event allowing bidders to buy on Friday and participate on Sunday.
Buried 1904 Fiat returns to life to take the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run challenge
A 1904 Fiat, which avoided the scrap yard by being buried on an American estate, is one of more than 500 pre-1905 Veteran cars taking part in the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 6 November 2011.
The world’s longest running and greatest motoring event, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has helped unearth many fascinating stories behind the wonderful vehicles that heralded the birth of motoring innovation.
This 1904 Fiat 24/32 is a prime example. Journeying from its birth land in Italy to Cape Cod and across the United States of America before settling in Northern Europe. This remarkable model was originally owned by Mrs George Agassiz, who had such a sentimental attachment to the car following its purchase while she and her husband were on honeymoon in Italy. When no collectors were available to buy the 28 year-old car in 1932 she saved it from an ignominious end and had it interred in the grounds of her Cape Cod estate.
The legend of the ‘buried car’ grew and in 1942 Ted Robertson, co-founder of the US Vintage Sports Car Club, was given permission to exhume the Fiat. Remarkably, despite lying on its back with the wheels removed and folded across its ‘chest’, it had survived its decade underground quite well.
A deal was done to buy the car for $50 and although unrestored it was exchanged between enthusiasts before being stored by a Milwaukee owner for 40 years. Restoration finally started in the early 1990s and in 2007 it passed to its current owner in the Netherlands, Jan Bruijn, who returns the car to the famous Royal Automobile Club’s event which this year celebrates its 115th anniversary.
In a sight to behold, a staggering 500 Veteran cars from across the globe will join the 1904 Fiat in setting off from London’s Hyde Park to journey the 60-mile route to Madeira Drive, Brighton, giving the vehicles that formed the foundations of today’s motoring industry the chance to shine once again.
Now Britain’s biggest free-to-spectate motoring event, the 2011 Run will deliver three days of motoring excellence, starting with Friday’s Veteran Car Run Auction of eligible vehicles and automobilia by auctioneers Bonhams at New Bond Street, London.
The Fiat will be one of the 100 Veteran vehicles taking centre stage in the Concours d’Elegance on the Saturday in Regent Street offering the public the first opportunity to admire some of the fascinating pioneering machines that will participate in the historic Run on Sunday.
The 115th anniversary Run will start when the first iconic car leaves Hyde Park at official sunrise, 7.02am on Sunday. In order to be classified as a finisher, the cars must arrive in Brighton’s Preston Park before 4.15pm and then gather along Madeira Drive for the traditional ceremonial finish.
Jutta Benz to make ceremonial start to three-day celebration of motoring
Jutta Benz will symbolically open the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, on Sunday 6 November, as part of an unrivalled three-day celebration of the dawn of motoring innovation surrounding the 115th anniversary of the world’s greatest and longest running motoring event.
Setting off just before the official sunrise start of 07.02, Jutta will drive a replica of the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen created by her great grandfather Carl Benz, which heralded the invention of the motor car. As a replica, the car is not eligible to participate in the entire Run and so Jutta will drive to south of Westminster Bridge where the car will be loaded and transported to north of Madeira Drive where she will drive the last mile to the finish line.
Mercedes-Benz joins the Veteran Car Run as a partner sponsor, alongside Bosch, as part of the celebrations surrounding the 125th anniversary of the automobile and the stunning three-wheeler has been specially transported from the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart for the occasion.
A far cry from the 33 pioneering motorists who displayed the first key event attributes of courage, ingenuity and perseverance during the 1896 Emancipation Run, the 78th actual running of the event in 2011 will host over 500 pre-1905 vehicles.
Participants will converge on London from across the globe for the celebratory weekend, starting on Friday 4 November with an exclusive Run auction, presented by Bonhams, featuring the biggest collection of Veteran cars eligible for the Run on sale in one place.
Some of the stunning vehicles going under the hammer will boast entries for this year’s event, allowing bidders to buy on Friday and participate on Sunday while lots will also include an impressive array of period-related parts and automobilia. International participants, accounting for 25 per cent of the entry, will then retire to a reception hosted by the auction house on Friday evening.
Nostalgia will fill the air as a traffic-free Regent Street plays host to a glamorous Concours d’Elegance on Saturday with around 100 Veteran vehicles on display complete with drivers and passengers in period costume.
Part of the inaugural Regent Street Motor Show, around 300 iconic cars spanning three centuries of motoring heritage will feature. Representing the 20th Century will be a 1960s celebration of 50 Jaguar E-Types and 50 Mini Coopers while more than 60 energy-efficient 21st Century vehicles arriving from Brighton, having completed the Royal Automobile Club’s Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge, will complete the spectacle.
Having finished the RAC Future Car Challenge, a host of celebrities will stay on to experience the first-time Regent Street Motor Show. Damon Hill OBE, 1996 Formula One World champion, will headline on the stage. Well-known motoring personality Quentin Willson, BBC Radio 2’s Sally Boazman, Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, Smooth FM DJ Mark Goodier and Don Wales, holder of the UK Land Speed Record for an electric car, will also be in attendance.
Veteran Car Run participants are then invited to attend the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall on Saturday evening for cocktails before retiring for an early night in preparation of the main event.
As the sun rises over the Capital on Sunday morning, the first car will depart on the historic 60 mile trip to Brighton at precisely 7:02am official sunrise, marking the 75th anniversary start from Hyde Park. Following much of the original 1896 route, the journey will stretch many of the cars to their limit and beyond before arriving at the finish line in Madeira Drive on Brighton’s seafront between 10am and 4.30pm.
After completing the epic adventure, participants, guests, sponsors and event partners will join in celebration of the 115th anniversary as the Royal Automobile Club introduces a new finale to the three day motoring spectacular.
Hosted by Britain’s top impressionist Jon Culshaw amid the Victorian elegance of the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel, the Run’s inaugural Gala Dinner will offer a fine dining celebration featuring film highlights from the day and the Club’s Awards, some of which will be presented by Jutta Benz.
Jon Culshaw will arrive in Brighton in style aboard the Royal Automobile Club’s 1900 M.M.C. among a glittering field of celebrities. Nigel Mansell OBE will help mark 125 years of Mercedes-Benz by driving a 1904 Mercedes-Simplex touring car, with Mike Penning MP his passenger, while Mini legend Paddy Hopkirk is also sure to be a firm fans’ favourite, driving a 1904 Bayard tonneau.
By far the most unique and quintessential motoring experience in the world, the 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will entertain thousands of spectators across every single one of the special elements and along the hallowed route, all of which are free-to-spectate.
Mansell & Penning help honour 115 years of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
One of the greatest names in motor racing, Nigel Mansell OBE will headline the celebrities joining the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 6 November. The 1992 Formula One World Champion will be joined by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning MP, for the 115th anniversary of the world’s longest running and greatest motoring event.
Nigel Mansell remains one of Britain’s best loved and most successful racing drivers. In a brilliant career spanning 15 seasons he recorded 31 grand prix wins and 32 pole positions from 187 starts, ranks third in the world’s fastest laps tally and sits fourth in the overall winners list. CART IndyCar World Series Champion in 1993, he remains the only driver to take back-to-back titles, winning the CART crown as the reigning F1 champion.
His heroic on-track battles earned him worldwide acclaim, never more so than on home shores where his pass on Nelson Piquet in the 1987 British Grand Prix heading into Stowe Corner triggered ‘Mansellmania’
Mansell will be joined by Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Hemel Hempstead.
The duo are sure to be a highlight for the tens of thousands of spectators who line the 60-mile route from London’s Hyde Park to Madeira Drive in Brighton, in what is Britain’s biggest free-to-spectate motoring event.
The 2011 event promises to be one of the best yet, featuring 500 of the most iconic pre-1905 Veteran cars, including an International entry accounting for twenty five per cent, while honouring Germany as the country of celebration.
Driving a 1902 Mercedes Simplex, Mansell and Penning’s journey will help mark the birth of motoring innovation starting with the celebrations surrounding the Run’s 75th anniversary start from Hyde Park.
Mercedes-Benz and Bosch to celebrate 125th Anniversaries at London to Brighton Veteran Car Run The Royal Automobile Club is set to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the world’s longest running and greatest motoring event by welcoming two of the most iconic companies arguably credited with the birth of the motoring industry, Mercedes-Benz and Bosch, as sponsors of its 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
The joining of the leading motor manufacturer and automotive supplier brands with the prestigious Veteran Car Run is a perfect partnership in such an auspicious year. Not only for the event, which this year features Germany as its celebrated country, but also for Mercedes-Benz and Bosch as the companies mark 125th anniversaries in 2011.
On 29th January 1886, Carl Benz filed an application in Berlin for a patent on his three-wheeled motor car. This date has long since been considered the official birthday of the motor car while the first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, following the merger of Carl Benz’s and Gottlieb Daimler’s businesses.
For almost 125 years, the spirit of innovation has remained firmly rooted in the culture of Mercedes-Benz as the German manufacturer has strived to provide each individual customer with the optimal vehicle for their needs. Mercedes-Benz introduced many technological and safety innovations that later became common in other vehicles and remains the world’s oldest automotive manufacturer still in production.
Robert Bosch opened the ‘Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering’, in Stuttgart in November 1886 with the earliest Bosch overseas agency being established in the UK in 1898. The Company’s first significant technology, low tension magneto ignition, was used for stationary combustion engines and subsequently adapted in 1897 for automotive applications. The ‘magneto from Bosch’ was highlighted by Carl Benz as the solution for the ‘problem of problems’.
Throughout the Company’s 125 year history, Bosch has continued to develop important automotive innovations such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system and common rail diesel technology. All Bosch innovations are guided by the strategic principle ‘Invented for Life’.
For both Mercedes-Benz and Bosch, the Veteran Car Run taking place on Sunday 6 November, culminates a year of celebrations surrounding their respective 125 years of motoring.
The support from the German motoring giants will complement what is expected to be one of the biggest event entries of early Benz, Daimler and Mercedes cars joining the 500-strong contingent of pre-1905 motor vehicles from around the globe. Senior directors from both Mercedes-Benz and Bosch will be joining the action, each driving related Veteran vehicles on the 60-mile challenge from Hyde Park London, to Madeira Drive Brighton.
Jürgen Wittmann, Mercedes-Benz Senior Manager of Archives & Collection, commented: “As the oldest automotive manufacturer still producing cars on a global scale, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way for Mercedes-Benz to celebrate 125 years of the birth of the motor car than by partnering the world’s longest running and greatest motoring event. The joining of such an unrivalled number of early Benz, Daimler and Mercedes models for the 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car run will be a sight to behold, not to mention a fitting pinnacle to the company’s anniversary celebrations.”
“We are delighted to be co-sponsors of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run this year particularly as it also sees Germany as the country of celebration,” said Mr. Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch in the UK. “In this year that we celebrate our double anniversary of 150 years since the birth of Robert Bosch himself, and 125 years of the company he founded, it is fitting that we join Mercedes-Benz, with whom the company has worked so closely, as co-sponsors of this event. As they also celebrate 125 years, it will be a true celebration of the birth of motoring.”
Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee, Ben Cussons added; “It is an honour to host Mercedes-Benz and Bosch as associate sponsors for the 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run as both celebrate hugely significant milestones in their company history. The support of two such important motoring brands, who between them are largely responsible for the birth of the motoring industry, will unquestionably help make this year’s 115th anniversary event truly memorable.”
An 1894 Benz Victoria is currently the earliest car to enter this November’s FIA award-winning annual celebration, title-sponsored by Tindle Newspapers and Bonhams Auctioneers. In fact, owners of the world’s earliest cars (pre-1905) flocking from over 20 countries have booked their starting slot with over 500 entries already received.
Participants will arrive in London for the Run’s auction presented by Bonhams in New Bond Street on Friday 4 November, which features period-related vehicles, parts and automobilia. International Participants will then retire to a reception hosted that evening by the auction house.
On the Saturday, around 100 of the 19th Century cars will take over Regent Street in central London for a Concours d’Elegance. At the same time around 80 future cars, also featuring Mercedes-Benz and Bosch products, of the 21st Century will arrive from Brighton having completed the Club’s new Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge. This display is free-to-spectate for the public and offers the first opportunity to see some of the Veterans that will be taking part in the Run on Sunday.
The first Veteran car leaves Hyde Park at official sunrise (07:02am) on Sunday morning and the 500 participants will attempt to cross the finish-line in Madeira Drive, Brighton between 10am and 4.30pm.
One of a kind London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Some of the most unique Veteran cars in existence will be taking to the roads in their unaltered glory, on Sunday 6 November, to participate in the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
In a sight to behold, over 500 pre-1905 cars will take the event’s 75th anniversary start from London’s Hyde Park at official sunrise on Sunday morning, 7.02am precisely. Among them will be a fine collection of entirely original vehicles, each with its own fascinating history and all of which helped build the foundations for the cars we drive today.
One revolutionary car maker was George Bouton, under the patronage of Count Albert de Dion, who helped advance the more highly-powered engines of the late 19th century which became the heart of De Dion Bouton motor cars. In 2011, the De Dion Bouton is the most-entered event marque, with 86 models, but one in particular carries a delightful story behind the reason for its authenticity.
Robert Brown’s De Dion Bouton Two-seater is a fine 1904 example featuring significant items such as the De Dion Bouton carburettor. Although some minor ignition system revisions have been carried out some time ago, the paintwork appears to be original and the car’s bodywork unmodified, complete with leather valences to the inside face of the front mudguards, whilst the dashboard carries correct battery and coil boxes.
The 6hp single cylinder car, chassis number 360, can boast such unspoilt condition as its first owner is reported to have moved the car into his living room for safe wartime storage. He would enjoy his pre-dinner aperitif sat in the driver’s seat, sounding the car’s bulb horn when necessary to summon the butler!
Although a seasoned Veteran Car Run stalwart, with around 50 recorded finishes to the car’s credit since its first Run in 1950, its new owner for 2011 is not and Robert looks forward to making his event debut this week.
A 111 year-old English Mechanic two-seater thought to have been the world’s first build-it-yourself car will also feature among the impressive field gathered in honour of the event’s 115th anniversary.
Built following instructions in the weekly magazine ‘English Mechanic and World of Science and Art’ of the same year. Hyler White, designer of the world’s first ever kit car, apparently rode in the 1896 Emancipation Run of what is now known as the world’s greatest and longest running motoring event. Boasting a single cylinder and 3hp, the 1900 model first tackled the Veteran Car Run in 1929. This year the car will be driven by the owner, since 1966, Blake Dorrington.
An extremely original car with an even more original story is the 1901 Argyll Spindle-seat Tonneau owned and driven by Michael Hilditch. After being kept in its first owner’s garage it then spent nearly 50 years, from 1945 to 1993, safely stowed in the second owner’s living room in a first floor flat.
A beautiful example, the first owner’s crest is still visible on the bodywork of the car, chassis number 106, which features a single cylinder, 5hp and a maximum speed of 18mph.
Manufactured just two years after the Argyll, the 1903 Peugeot Two-seater can also claim an interesting history. Dismantled in 1919, it was found under floorboards in the 1960s and as such remains unspoilt. A full rebuild was completed of the rather typical French single-cylinder period car in 2004. A regular Run participant since then, the Peugeot completed the historic 60-mile route in 2010 prior to new ownership by Keith Austin this year.
Another entry that can claim absolute originality is the 1901 De Dietrich Vis-à-vis that will be driven by the car’s fourth owner, Stephan Musfeld, who is also the owner of the Old Timer Museum Pantheon in Basel, Switzerland.
Delivered on 7 June 1901 to Basel, 100 years later the vehicle remains in complete condition and received the award for Most Original Car in the 2009 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Concours d’Elegance.
Stephan will once again showcase this beautiful example as part of the 100 Veteran vehicles of the 2011 Concours d’Elegance which this year forms part of the inaugural Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 5 November.
The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – not just a Sunday drive!
On 14 November 1896, 33 motorists set off from London for a drive to the Brighton coast to celebrate the recently passed Locomotives on Highways Act 1896, which raised the out of town speed limit from 4mph to 14mph. The Emancipation Run, as it was called, was organised by Harry J Lawson and started with breakfast at the Charing Cross Hotel and included a symbolic tearing in half of a red flag, at that time required to be carried by a man on foot in front of all motor cars under the Locomotive Acts of 1861, 1865 and 1878.
The first of the horseless carriages set off from London at 10.30 am and the first arrival in Brighton, by a Bollée, was timed at 2.30 pm. All but three of the Brighton arrivals were more than two hours after that. Just 14 cars completed the 60-mile journey.
The run was first formally reenacted in 1927, as the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, and since then has been run annually on the first Sunday in November, with the exception of the wartime years and also 1947, due to petrol rationing. Since 1930, the Run has been organised by the Royal Automobile Club and this year’s marks the 115th anniversary, making it the world’s longest running motoring event.
Prior to 1905, the vehicle period covered by the participants taking part in the Run, cars were so unreliable that to take on a journey of any length was seen as a sporting challenge. Much like climbing a mountain or completing a marathon, it was all about pitting man against the elements, in this case the mechanical vagaries of this newfound technology.
All this was part of the process that led us to the cars we drive today and every year owners of surviving machines from this era rekindle that spirit of adventure by tackling the 60 miles from Hyde Park in London to Brighton’s seafront. Despite better roads and better tyres, the Run is still a challenge for most of the cars and many will suffer mechanical problems along the way that have to be overcome by their valiant crews.
This November’s Veteran Car Run will see more than 500 pre-1905 cars, featuring a mix of electric, steam and petrol power, take to the road, however history has shown that most will reach the historic finish at Madeira Drive, Brighton, early on Sunday afternoon. Cars will come from all across Europe and as far afield as Australia, China, South Africa, Mexico and the United States, the International contingent accounting for twenty five per cent of the total entry.
Today the Run is at the heart of a three-day celebration of the dawn of motoring and the courage, ingenuity and perseverance of those pioneering motorists. Friday sees many of these cars, now valuable collectors’ items, go under the hammer at an exclusive London to Brighton Veteran Car Run auction presented by Bonhams in New Bond Street, London.
On Saturday, London’s shoppers will be treated to a line-up of the cars in Regent Street for a glamorous Concours d’Elegance in the new Regent Street Motor Show. Here they are joined by competitors in an event that acknowledges a new era of invention as manufacturers pit their ingenuity against the challenges faced by dwindling natural resources.
The Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge pitches different solutions to the problem against each other in a spirit of competition improving the breed. Leaving Brighton early on Saturday morning, it runs the route in reverse and arrives in Regent Street during the afternoon.
Finally the weekend’s main event, the Veteran Car Run begins at official sunrise on Sunday morning that, in November, is at precisely 7.02am. The cars leave Hyde Park and follow much of the original 1896 route to Brighton, which will stretch many of the participating cars to their limit and beyond.
Thousands of spectators will line the streets to view the stunning array of 19th Century cars along the route that takes in the suburbs of London via Brixton, Lambeth and Streatham on the A23 and on through Norbury to Croydon, then the A235 to Purley reverting to the A23 to Redhill, Horley, Gatwick and onto the official coffee stop outside the George Hotel in Crawley.
After Crawley the participants continue south via Cuckfield and Burgess Hill before crossing the traditional finish line in Madeira Drive on Brighton’s seafront.
The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is a window on another time and is free to spectators who can watch it at any point of the route.
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run generates over £1million each year for Brighton & Hove economy
The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run drove the Brighton and Hove economy to the tune of £1.1 million in 2010 while attracting 20,000 people to the locality. Results of an independent economic impact study conducted by the University of Brighton in conjunction with the Federation of British Historic Car Clubs underline the real value of the world’s longest running and greatest motoring event.
The economic impact study is believed to be the first of its kind to consider the economic benefit of an historic vehicle event to a wider community. It was based on primary data collected during and after the event at points along the route from Patcham, on the outskirts of Brighton, to the finish line at Madeira Drive on the seafront.
In the catchment target area, University of Brighton students implemented a number of research tools including questioning spectators, filming crowds at various points to provide evidence of spectator numbers, and conducting a questionnaire with participants while organisers’ and sponsors’ expenditure in the city was also accounted.
The unique motoring showcase attracted 20,000 spectators in Brighton alone, 66 per cent of whom were from outside of the city, helping to generate a staggering £1.1 million for the local economy. Furthermore, 65 per cent were returning to view the Veteran Car Run havig previously attended the event. A massive 93 per cent said they intended to watch the Run again in the future.
Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee, Ben Cussons said; “The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has long been established as the pinnacle of historic vehicle events in the UK but the economic value of such an iconic showcase should not be underestimated. We are extremely proud of our working partnerships throughout the Brighton and Hove district and will continue to work in unison with those partners to ensure the event grows year-on-year, and thereby further assist the local economy.”
Geoff Smith, Vice-President of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, said; “We believe that the economic impact study implemented around the 2010 running of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the first of its kind, to look at how an historic vehicle event brings economic and social benefit to a community. The Veteran Car Run is a unique event but there are similar national and local events that take place in other towns and cities throughout the country. The exercise highlights the value that historic vehicle activities bring to such locations.”
The 115th running of the Veteran Car Run, sponsored by Tindle Newspapers and Bonhams Auctioneers, promises to be one of the best yet on Sunday 6 November 2011. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the historic 60-mile route, which starts in London’s Hyde Park and finishes on Madeira Drive in Brighton, making it one of the biggest free-to-spectate events in the country.
With the focus on Germany as this year’s feature country, the 2011 Run recently announced sponsorship from German automotive giants Mercedes-Benz and Bosch for what is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of early Benz, Daimler and Mercedes cars ever seen.
Entrants of the majestic Veteran vehicles will start to arrive in London for the Bonhams Auction in New Bond Street on Friday 4 November, which features period-related vehicles, parts and automobilia, before the international participants retire to a reception hosted that evening by the auction house.
Around 100 of the 19th Century cars will grace London’s Regent Street for a Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, offering the public the first opportunity to see some of the Veteran cars that will take part in Sunday’s Run. Meanwhile, in stark contrast, approximately 80 21st Century cars will arrive from Brighton having completed the Club’s new Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge, competing against each other on the same Veteran Car Run route in reverse, using the least energy possible.
More than 500 of the world’s earliest cars (pre-1905) hailing from over 20 countries will leave Hyde Park at official sunrise (07:02am) on Sunday morning (6 November) and will attempt to cross the finish-line in Madeira Drive, Brighton, between 10am and 4.30pm.
Youngest Veteran Car Run driver starts in pole position
As the sun rises over London on Sunday 6 November, at precisely 07:02 the oldest vehicle participating in the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will be the first to depart from Hyde Park. At the wheel of the 1.5hp 1894 Benz Velo will be one of the youngest drivers to take on the historic 60 mile route as the event celebrates its 115th anniversary year.
Adopting the famed number one starting plaque for the world’s longest running motoring event, the 1894 Benz Velo will be driven by 17 year-old Oliver Wright from Skyreholme near Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Yet to take his driving test, Oliver will head the 500 strong entry of pre-1905 vehicles joining to celebrate the anniversary event which this year honours Germany as the celebrated country, with event sponsors Mercedes-Benz and Bosch both marking 125 years in 2011.
Believed to be the oldest Benz Velo in existence, the car is part of The Ward Collection, jointly owned by brothers Daniel and Toby Ward. Thought to be the first four-wheel model to be built by Benz, this particular 1.5 horsepower single cylinder Velo has an intriguing history.
It was one of three cars shipped to Italy in 1894 rumoured to have been sold to the Marconi family. It was then imported to the UK in a packing crate in 1900 when the family moved to Berkshire. The car stayed in the same crate until 1980 when it was disinterred and sold by Sotheby’s at an auction in Bristol in 1981.
Robert Holmes à Court fully restored the car for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run while the Benz Velo travelled across the globe, from Australia to America, before it was acquired by The Ward Collection a decade ago. It is one of seven stunning Veteran vehicles entered by The Ward Collection for the 115th anniversary Run.
Oliver, a talented automotive student who has shown a flare for motor mechanics from a very early age, has been given the wonderful opportunity to command the magnificent Benz Velo on its first Veteran Car Run under its current ownership as a Ward family friend.
Just two years after the Benz Velo was built, on 14 November 1896 33 pioneering motorists set off from London for a drive to the Brighton coast in celebration of the recently passed Locomotives on Highways Act, signifying the birth of motoring innovation and laying the foundations for the world’s longest running motoring event.
In 2011, Oliver will follow in the tyre tracks of those Emancipation Run participants along the 60 mile journey which will take in much of the original 1896 route before the nostalgic finish on Brighton’s Madeira Drive.
Before setting out for what will undoubtedly be a memorable drive, both car and driver will join the Concours d’Elegance at the heart of the inaugural Regent Street Motor Show during Saturday.
Sale 19291 – Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia, 4 Nov 2011
- London, New Bond Street
- Prices are inclusive of Buyer’s Premium, exclusive of sales tax (VAT, TVA etc) and may be subject to change.
- Lot Description Hammer Price
- 1 W Worby Beaumont: Motor Vehicles and Motors; 1900, £175
- 2 Elizabeth Bennett: Thousand Mile Trial 1900; a signed limited edition,£400
- 4 A collection of Edwardian French motoring books, £500
- 7 The Automotor Journal, April to December 1902, £750
- 8 The Automotor Journal, January-June 1905, £750
- 9 The Automotor Journal, July to December 1905, £750
- 10 An early collection of The Motor, £188
- 11 ‘The Endless Quest for Speed’ folio of motor racing, a publication for The Autocar, £25
- 12 The Autocar: Volumes XXII, 1909, £313
- 13 The Autocar: Volumes XXIII, 1909, £313
- 14 The Autocar ‘Special Red Letter Day Number’, £525
- 15 A Sheffield Simplex range brochure for 1914, £313
- 17 Two cased sets of Bartholomew’s Maps, £350
- 18 A scrapbook containing original photographs and press cuttings, circa 1900, £313
- 19 A Gordon Bennett Cup Race scrapbook, 1903, by Beatrice Moore, £2,500
- 20 A veteran tricycle valentine, circa 1900, £175
- 21 A collection of motoring postcards, £175
- 22 A collection of early motoring postcards, £350
- 23 A collection of early motoring and aviation postcards, £1,188
- 24 A Post Card album holding a collection of early motoring themes, £1,875
- 25 A fine and rare set of twelve De Dion Bouton ‘Raid Pekin-Paris’ postcards, French, 1907, £1,000
- 26 Formerly the property of the Late Lord Rootes, eight bound volumes of The Autocar; Volume I (Nov 1895) to Volume IV (Dec 1899), £8,750
- 27 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes I-III, 1902, £438
- 28 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes III-VII, 1903, £500
- 29 The Car Illustrated: bound Volume VIII, 1904, £688
- 31 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes XI-XV, 1905, £600
- 32 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes XVI-XIX, 1906, £813
- 33 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes XIX-XXIII, 1907, £1,063
- 35 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes VI-VII, 1903-1904, £500
- 36 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes VIII-X, 1904, £1,188
- 37 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes XXV-XXVII, 1908-1909, £813
- 38 The Car Illustrated; bound Volumes XXVIII-XXX, 1909, £688
- 39 The Autocar; four early bound issues, 1904-1907, £125
- 40 The Motor; six early bound issues, 1904-1908, £175
- 41 A range brochure and an instruction book for Belsize cars, 1914, £63
- 42 Paul Hasluck: The Automobile; £63
- 43 Lord Montagu: Cars and How to Drive Them Part 1; 1907-1908, £175
- 44 A ‘Lanchester Motor and Carriage’ driving manual, £138
- 45 Louis Lockert: Petroleum Motor-Cars; 1898, £213
- 45A Veteran Car Club Gazette, 1939-1954, £475
- 46 A J Wallis-Tayler: Motor Cars; April 1897, £375
- 47 Lord Montagu: Cars and How to Drive Them – Part 1; 1905-1906, £238
- 48 Traite de la Construction, de la Conduite et de l’Entretien des Voitures Automobiles; Volumes 1-4; 1898, £750
- 49 A rare Hewetsons Benz sales catalogue, 1899, £650
- 50 Gardner D Hiscox: Horseless Vehicles, Automobiles, Motorcycles; 1900, £100
- 51 Peach’s Motor Annual, 1905, £438
- 52 Henry Sturmey: On an Autocar; 1897, £525
- 53 An Instruction Book for Napier cars, £213
- 54 A R Sennett: Carriages Without Horses Shall Go; 1896, £438
- 55 E Montaut: 10 Ans de Courses; £150
- 56 A 1,000 Miles Motor Vehicle Trial official programme, 1900, £400
- 57 Veteran Car Club of Great Britain literature and ephemera, £138
- 58 A Vimar: En Automobile; £100
- 59 Grand Album Illustre de L’Industrie Automobile, 1900, £600
- 60 Grand Album Illustre de L’Industrie Automobile, 1901, £350
- 61 La Vie Automobile; 1904, £313
- 62 A No. 38 Lucas Oiler, £88
- 63 A De Dion Bouton saddle bag, circa 1900, £400
- 64 An early Petroleum priming kettle, French, circa 1905, £438
- 65 A ‘Jelly Mould’ veteran ignition switches, £225
- 66 A maintenance and repair toolkit within a brown leather doctors’bag,£275
- 67 A triple-barrelled tyre pump by Hattersley and Davidson Limited,Sheffield,£225
- 68 A pair of Powell & Hanmer acetylene headlamps, £125
- 69 A pair of candle coach lamps, £100
- 70 A pair of candle coach lamps, £163
- 71 An impressive ‘The Polkey’ oil illuminating car headlamp, £3,875
- 72 A good set of three IMI emergency oil lamps by Imperial MotorIndustries Ltd, London,£688
- 73 A pair of Lucas King Of The Road oil illuminated lamps, Number742, £313
- 74 A Lucas King of the Road oil illuminated ‘Backlight’, circa 1910, £175
- 75 A Pigeon oil illuminating lamp, by Phares Besnard, Paris, £500
- 76 An Elliott acetylene generator, £125
- 77 A King of the Road ‘Backlight’ by Jos. Lucas Ltd, Birmingham,circa 1910,£175
- 78 An exhaust whistle, circa 1910, £625
- 79 An explosion motor car whistle, American, £225
- 80 A Boa Constrictor Horn, £750
- 81 Tu-Tone-Chimes footbell, by Sutone Corp of L.A. California, £200
- 82 A motor car footbell, £625
- 83 An Edwardian 60mph speedometer, by Smith & Son, London, £375
- 84 A Stanley Motor Carriage Company pressure gauge, £125
- 85 A Stanley Motor Carriage Company pressure gauge, £150
- 87 A ‘Barn Find’ De Dion Bouton engine, circa 1904, £1,250
- 88 A circa 1901 Clement Panhard & Levassor 4 ½ horse powersingle cylinder engine,£1,125
- 89 A rare collection of brass World War One Rolls-Royce badges, £375
- 90 Three Circle of 19th Century Motorists lapel badges, £200
- 92 An early smoker’s companion in the form of a veteran motor car, £688
- 93 A fine Edwardian Gentleman’s Pocket Watch, £313
- 94 A leather motoring coat, £350
- 95 The London to Brighton Veteran Car Board Game, £113
- 96 London to Brighton The Great Veteran Car Board Game, £63
- 97 A leather lined motoring coat, £375
- 98 A leather cased four person picnic set, £350
- 99 Four Veteran Car Run finishers medals, £438
- 100 A motorist’s pocket watch by Doxa, Swiss, circa 1910, £600
- 101 An early enamelled cigarette case, 1907, £1,000
- 102 A ornamental tankard by Royal Doulton, £400
- 103 A colourful ornamental plate by Royal Doulton, £163
- 104 A model of Henry Ford’s Quadricycle, £875
- 105 The Registration number ‘RT 5169’, £1,750
- 106 A veteran leather-cased picnic/drinks set, by Drew & Sons, circa 1905, £1,250
- 107 A veteran four-person tea and picnic set, by J C Vickery, circa 1905, £1,500
- 108 An early ‘Automobile Club Des Flandres’ sign, Belgium, £125
- 109 An early ‘Automobile Club – Liegeois’ sign, Belgium, £375
- 110 An early and rare ‘Agents for the Anglo Bosphorus Motor Oils & Greases – Bristol’ enamel sign,£163
- 111 A rare early 20th Century ‘Recruits are now Wanted For all Branches of His Majesty’s Army.’ enamel sign,£813
- 112 Photographs depicting early motor racing events, £175
- 113 An album of reproduction photographs of veteran race scenes from 1902-1914, £525
- 114 A large collection of assorted London to Brighton Veteran CarRun photographs,£238
- 115 An original photograph of a Napier Taxi, London, circa 1900, £38
- 116 A collection of glass plate negatives, circa 1909, £525
- 117 Two Windovers coachbuilders photograph albums, £1,250
- 118 One Thousand Miles Trial photograph album, 1900, £1,875
- 120 J.A. Lawton & Co. coachbuilder’s photographic album, £2,500
- 121 A ‘Grandes Construction’ paper model car, circa 1902, £50
- 122 An original ‘Course d’Automobiles’ board game, £38
- 123 Five framed hand-coloured lithographic motoring prints, after E Montaut, £113
- 124 A Michelin 1905 commemorative framed display, £113
- 125 V S Pughe, ‘His First Automobile’, 1900, £88
- 126 V S Pughe, “In The Dark”, 1908, £150
- 127 Samuel D Erhart (circa 1862-1937); ‘The Somnautoist’, 1909, £138
- 129 Russell Brockbank (1913-1979), ‘Veteran Car With A View’, £400
- 130 Russell Brockbank (1913-1979), ‘Major Upset On Tow’, £500
- 131 Russell Brockbank (1913-1979), ‘Pneu and Non Pneu’, £1,500
- 133 Michael Wright ( 1935-), “The Heroic Age”, £1,000
- 134 A beautiful Cadillac Model A 6 ½ H.p. Delivery Van child’s car, £3,500
- 135 A set of three BARC Brooklands 1908 lapel badges, £563
- 136 BARC brooklands 1909 lapel badges, £350
- 137 A set of BARC Brooklands lapel badges, 1910, £350
- 138 Three Brooklands BARC lapels badges, £350
- 139 Two ‘Motor Club’ enamelled lapel badges, £213
- 201 1902 Renault 8hp Type G Two-Seater Chassis no. 416 Engine no. 8617 £89,500
- 202 1902 Deckert 8hp Two-seater Chassis no. T145 Engine no. 276B £66,400
- 203 1898 Daley Quadricycle Chassis no. 9175 Engine no. 9175 £44,400
- 204 1901 Sunbeam-Mabley Cycle Car Engine no. 15372 £65,300
- 205 1904 Pope-Tribune Model II 6hp Two-seater Runabout Chassis no. 287 Engine no. 359 £34,500
- 206 1899 Panhard-Levassor Type M2F 6hp Wagonette Chassis no. 1510 Engine no. 1510 £158,800
- 208 1898 Fisson 8hp Twin-Cylinder Six-seat Wagonette Chassis no. 502 £156,600