London to Brighton Veteran Car Run VETERAN CAR RUN GETS THE GREEN 2020

The Royal Automobile Club has announced that the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will be going ahead as planned on Sunday 1 November 2020.

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Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Club explained: “It gives the Club enormous pleasure to be announcing this news and it’s wonderful that we are able to use the traditional London to Brighton route. The event will commence with a rolling start on The Mall and we wish every participant an unforgettable drive to Madeira Drive. It’s now full steam ahead to prepare for this year. I very much look forward to welcoming everyone in November and commemorating the 1896 Run.”



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Maarten ten Holder, Executive Vice President and Head of Europe of RM Sotheby’s said: “It’s such fantastic news that the 2020 run will take place in November, in what is RM Sotheby’s first year as the title sponsor. We are excited to partner with such an iconic event and of course we very much hope that our sale in London, which coincides with the London to Brighton run, will be the first ‘live’ sale we can conduct in Europe since the pandemic hit.”

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For full details of this year’s Run and how to enter please visit:


Editor’s Notes

About RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the RM Sotheby’s Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton (staged specifically as a non-profit making event) commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

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The first commemoration of the Emancipation Run was held in 1897 with a drive to Sheen House in Richmond Park. Then, in 1927, the inaugural re-enactment followed the original Brighton route and has taken place every November since, apart from the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.

About the Royal Automobile Club

The Royal Automobile Club was founded in 1897 and its distinguished history mirrors that of motoring itself. In 1907, the Club was awarded its Royal title by King Edward VII, sealing the Club’s status as Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation.

The Club’s early years were focused on promoting the motor car and its place in society, which developed into motoring events such as the 1000 Mile Trial, first held in 1900. In 1905, the Club held the first Tourist Trophy, which remains the oldest continuously competed for motor sports event. The Club promoted the first pre-war and post-war Grands Prix at Brooklands in 1926 and Silverstone in 1948 respectively, whilst continuing to campaign for the rights of the motorist, including introducing the first driving licences.

Today, the Club continues to develop and support automobilism through representation on the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Motorsport UK and the RAC Foundation while promoting its own motoring events including London Motor Week and the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which takes place on Sunday 1 November 2020.

The Royal Automobile Club also awards a series of internationally recognised trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Torrens Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy and the oldest trophy in motorsport still being competed for today: the Tourist Trophy.

2019 also saw the inaugural Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards, presented at a dinner at its Pall Mall clubhouse in November.

About RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s is delighted to partner with the Royal Automobile Club as the title sponsor of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The renowned auction house is proud to support the revised London Motor Week schedule for 2020, and will host its annual London sale—a staple of the global collector car calendar—on the eve of the Veteran Car Run for 2021, offering more than 70 cars for auction with an emphasis on Brass and Veteran Era motoring. RM Sotheby’s is also still set to host its London sale in 2020 on 31 October, with further details to be released as available.

With offices in Europe, Canada and the United States, a global team of nearly 30 expert car specialists, and an extensive calendar of live and Online Only auctions held each year, RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house by total sales. With 40 years of proven results in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from auctions (both live and online) and private sales to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM Sotheby’s is currently responsible for six of the top ten most valuable motor cars ever sold at auction. In February 2015, RM formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s, uniting the two companies for the full calendar of future automobile auctions.

For further information including details on how to consign a car to RM Sotheby’s London sale, or to register to bid, visit

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