The sun shone for the annual London to Brighton Veterans run



Almost 400 vintage cars appeared for this year's Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, 120 years after the first running of the event.

Originally called the Emancipation Run, the car run was first hosted in 1896 to mark the raising of the speed limit from 4 to 14mph for 'light locomotives', which also abolished the need for a man to walk in front of the vehicle waving a red flag.

As it is also 130 years since the first automobile – the Patent Motorwagen – was revealed by German engineer Karl Benz, Daimler Benz provided early examples of Benz and Mercedes vehicles.

To mark the start of the event, former Formula 1 team owner turned television presenter Eddie Jordan ripped the ceremonial red flag at dawn to set the runners going from the annual starting point in front of Buckingham Palace on the Mall.

At the end of his run, Jordan said: "What a fabulous experience, it surpassed all my expectations ten-fold.

"This equals the best day I've ever had in F1. You can't describe it. Everybody should make the effort to come out and see the Run, or try to participate if they can."

Jordan had been driving a 1901 Benz Spider and he continued: "It's remarkable just how well Mercedes built these cars. They were great engineers in their time and the fore-runners of what we see in Grands Prix today. In fact, the only thing missing was a heater... "

Of the 392 starters, 351 finished before the 4:30pm deadline on the Brighton waterfront, and the first car over the line was a 1903 racing Mercedes driven by Chris Scott from Jersey, who arrived in the coastal town just after 10am.

The sun shone for the annual London to Brighton Veterans run

The sun shone for the annual London to Brighton Veterans run


Written by Jack Healy