75th Hyde Park annual start for London to Brighton Veteran Car Run


August 5, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 27, 2015

75th Hyde Park annual start for London to Brighton Veteran Car Run posted on 09 August 2011

The start of the 2010 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run at London Hyde Park

Special celebrations will be in order on Sunday 6 November as The Royal Automobile Club’s 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run marks the 75th anniversary start from Hyde Park. The historic world famous 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, 07:02hrs.

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 start of 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 with 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 it an anniversary event not to be missed.

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.