Hattingley Valley are proud to be partnering the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run for the third year running. Hattingley Valley not only partner with the Run but owner Simon Robinson takes part driving his 1902 De Dion Bouton. The image above is Simon and wife, Nicola, and dog, Billy, with his 1910 Delaunay Belleville which is unfortunately too young to take part in the Run.
This year it will be the 119th anniversary of the very first Run. Held on the first Sunday of November it commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot. The early law required the man on foot to carry a red flag but that requirement was abolished in 1878. The Locomotive Act was still widely known as the ‘Red Flag Act’ and a red flag was symbolically destroyed at the start of the Emancipation Run, as it is today just before the start in Hyde Park.
There are many events surrounding the Run and you can find us at the following:
Saturday 31st October
Regent’s Street Motor Show – 10am-4m The De Dion will be on Regent’s Street; please come and see this special motor as well as the other vintage cars taking part.
Whole Foods Market Piccadilly – 12pm – 4pm will be offering tastings of our delicious sparkling wine.
Sunday 1st November
Spectators are welcome on the route from dawn till dusk! Please visit the Spectator Map for more information.
For further information please visit www.veterancarrun.com
We will be posting updates to our social media accounts over the weekend – so do join in the fun by following our activity!