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Austin Healey Club stand at
the NEC Classic Car Show
Celebrates the Golden
Jubilee of the Austin Healey 3000
Winning the last Liege Rally
The Club plans to re-unite the 3
works cars which competed in the 1964 Liege Rally on its stand in Hall 12 at
the NEC Classic Car Show on November 14th to 16th.
BMC Comps entered 3 works Healeys
for the 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liege Rally, which was the last of the non-stop 3000
mile and 94-hour events.After crashing
on the Vivione Pass whilst leading the rally the previous year - Rauno Aaltonen
and Tony Ambrose now made no mistake and completely dominated the 1964 event
winning the rally outright and by nearly 30 minutes from the SAAB of Eric
Carlson and the Mercedes of Eugen Bohringer.
Aaltonen and Ambrose won what will
go down in motor racing history as the last of the classic road rallies. Their
dominance and victory in ‘64, along with Pat Moss’s victory in the 1960 Liege,
are regarded as 2 of the marque’s greatest competition achievements.
The Liege rally was a thinly disguised road race
across Europe taking in many of the classic Alpine passes and victory was only
possible because of the skilful preparation of the cars by the mechanics and
the superb organisation of the team by the team manager at BMC’s Competition
department. It is hoped that the Club stand will re-unite the 3 works Healeys
which competed in the last Liege. We hope that former members of the BMC
Competition Department will join Club members at midday on Friday Nov 14th to celebrate
the golden jubilee of this very special outright win on the last Liege.
Media release for immediate distribution: 30/10/14
VETERANS READY FOR THEIR PILGRIMAGE TO THE SEASIDE
Thousands of spectators will line the route of the annual London to Brighton Run Veteran Car Run, which starts at dawn on Sunday
It’s time to put the spanners down and for the fettling to stop: the world’s longest running motoring event is about to begin.
On Sunday (2 November) no fewer than 440 veteran cars – some 34 more
than in 2013 – will line up in Hyde Park ready to tackle the Bonhams
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
As tradition dictates, the first car will set off on the 60-mile trip to
the coast as dawn breaks… regardless of what the weather is doing. Very
few of the veterans offer any protection against the elements, showing
that the pioneer motorists were a hardy bunch.
As well as petrol-powered cars there will be veterans powered by steam
and, proving there’s nothing new under the sun, even some
battery-powered electric vehicles. Open to cars built in 1904 or
earlier, all the entries are at least 110 years old.
But some are a great deal older: the oldest is a Panhard et Levassor
from around 1892, built just seven years after Karl Benz invented his
‘Patent Motor Wagen.’ Some 36 of the cars taking part were built before
The vast majority of the entries – some 336 cars – come from the United
Kingdom but this is a truly international event with entries from all
over the globe, including the United States, Hong Kong, Canada, Sweden,
Denmark and Australia. Europe is well represented with cars from
Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, the Channel Islands,
Ireland, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland.
Leading the European charge, however, is France with no fewer than 23
entries. These include a couple of very famous motoring names, Peugeot
and Panhard… names that appear not just on radiator grilles but also in
the driving seats.
Descendants from both companies will be driving to Brighton: Thierry
Peugeot will be on a 1904 Peugeot while Robert Panhard will be steering
the 1892 Panhard et Levassor.
Other famous names taking part include former Grand Prix team owner Ross
Brawn, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, MP Robert Goodwill, Olympic gold
medallists Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Steve Redgrave, Jonathan Montagu from
Beaulieu and TV baker Paul Hollywood.
Though there are some familiar names on the entry list – Vauxhall,
Renault, Mercedes, Ford and Fiat, to name a few – there are many long
forgotten marques, too, sometimes represented by the only known
survivor. The most numerically popular marque is De Dion Bouton with 70
Uniquely, the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is a free to
view event. Spectators line the entire 60-mile route ready to cheer on
the cars and their hardy passengers.
This year, after leaving Hyde Park, the route heads down Constitution
Hill, past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall, before turning right
onto Horse Guards Road and then left to cross Westminster Bridge. The
first cars will leave at sunrise, 6.56am, with the last car leaving just
The next major checkpoint on the route is the Harrods Stop at Crawley in
West Sussex where a break is organised. The first cars should arrive at
around 8.45am and will head for a welcome weather protected paddock
inside the local Honda dealership on London Road.
The traditional finish is on Brighton’s Madeira Drive on the seafront,
with the first cars expected at just after 10am with the event
officially closing at 4.30pm.
The Run is the culmination of three days of motoring activity in the
capital: Friday 31 October marks the annual Bonhams Veteran Car auction
while many of the London to Brighton stars take part in the annual
Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday (1 November).
Veteran Car fever is also taking over the TV airwaves. Motors TV is
broadcasting its review of the 2013 event at various times on 30
October, and on 01, 02, 03, 06 and 14 November.
“The Bonhams Veteran Car Run is a remarkable event. It salutes the
bravery and ingenuity of those pioneering motorists… many of the
participants will experience the same technical issues their forebears
faced and making it to Brighton in cars that are well over 100 years old
can be considered a real achievement,” said Ben Cussons, Motoring
Committee Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club.
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run celebrates the original
Emancipation Run, held on 14 November 1896, and which marked the
Locomotives on the Highway Act. This landmark Act raised the speed limit
for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph and abolished the need for a
man walking ahead of the cars waving a red flag.
The first re-enactment of the Emancipation Run took place in 1927 and
has taken place every year since, with the exception of the war years
and 1947 when petrol rationing was in force.
The Run is the highlight of a long weekend of motoring nostalgia in the
capital, much it of it free to view. Other events include the popular
free Regent Street Motor Show (Saturday, 1 November) and the annual
Bonhams Veteran Car auction (Friday 31 October).
For more details of the Veteran Car Run, the complete entry list and final route details visit www.veterancarrun.com.
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