Tuesday, 23 September 2014


All Wheel Drive Club
It may be the Bonhams Veteran Car Run’s 118th anniversary this year, but another Club within the MSA family has had quite an involvement with the safe and effective operation of the event for the last 24 years. With the provision of hill rescue, traffic control and monitoring, the All Wheel Drive Club (AWDC) has helped ensure the successful passage of veteran cars in quite a seamless manner.

Back in 1968, the AWDC was formed in a field at Dunsfold, just south of Guildford. The aim was to provide the opportunity for owners of 4x4s and military vehicles to experience off road driving and competition without an affiliation to a particular manufacturer’s marque. The Club is now under the Presidency of one of the original founders, Richard Beddall.

Richard has taken part in the Run, passing the best part of 100 of the Club’s marshals en route. The AWDC’s input has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and they all hope that you have as much of an enjoyable day as they expect to do so.
This year is proving to be an attractive year for celebrity involvement in the Run. From motorsport to Olympic legends we have a few select celebrities that are delighted to be taking part in the journey to Brighton.

Well-known in the Formula One world, Ross Brawn OBE is currently preparing his 1904 Wilson Pilcher ready to participate, in what can only be described by the discerning veteran car owner, as one of the toughest, but most worthwhile motoring adventures he is likely to face.

Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave is always ready for the next challenge and the Bonhams Veteran Car Run is no exception. With the help of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Sir Steve and his family will be driving to Brighton in the Trust’s 1904 Thornycroft. Sir Steve is famous for winning five gold medals at five consecutive Olympics - something that has led him to be hailed as one of Britain’s greatest-ever Olympians.

We are very excited that the Run, in its 118th anniversary, still draws the interest of well-known figures that help to promote this great motoring tradition. Long may it continue! 
Wheeler Dealer does VCR
Mike Brewer and Edd China celebrated a special milestone – their 100th car – in suitable style, by restoring a veteran Darracq. The classic veteran car provides them with the ultimate goal of driving in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Mike and Edd took part in the 2013 Run and the programme will be aired this year on Monday 6 October at 9.00pm on the Discovery Channel. Tune in to see their restoration project and how far their hard work got them along the 60-mile route.

We would like to remind all those that have not yet entered the Run that the deadline for final entries is Friday 26 September. Participant packs will be posted out during the first week of October.

We are delighted to report that the entry numbers are on the rise with 434 currently entered into the Run.
The start numbers have been issued and can be viewed on the VCR website  
 Willing and Abels
The Abels team are a familiar presence at the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, attending regularly in recent years. Their distinctive blue pantechnicon will once again be entrusted with the personal belongings of participants and their families, as Abels proudly continues its role as an official supplier for this great event.

UK Services Director John Watson and International General Manager Neil Pertoldi will both be on hand throughout the four days, and Abels will be exhibiting their own historic vehicle, a beautiful horse-drawn truck employed in the early days for removals.

Abels provides a bespoke vehicle concierge service and has relocated and moved thousands of clients within the UK and around the world. They are proud of their reputation for excellence, employing highly trained personnel who will take meticulous care of every aspect of your move. You're always in safe hands with Abels. 
Motoring Forum
The 2014 Motoring Forum once again features in the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Week, leading up to the weekend of the Regent Street Motor Show and the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Now in its third year, the Motoring Forum has an extended schedule featuring two lectures, a light-hearted quiz and a special guest in the form of Ross Brawn - best known as one of the great technical geniuses of Formula 1 over the last generation but also an enthusiastic veteran car owner who has entered the 2014 Run.

Tickets cost £15.00 and places are limited and are on a first issued basis. Price includes refreshments on arrival and a buffet lunch. To book your place: http://www.veterancarrun.com/shop

Online Shop
The 2014 VCR merchandise is available to purchase online. New to this year we have traditional style post cards featuring scenes from Westminster Bridge, London and Madeira Drive, Brighton. The customary pin badges and baseball caps will be available at a later date. Please keep checking the website.

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