Fuzz Townshend will hit the road behind the wheel of the National Motor Museum’s 1904 De Dion for the prestigious Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
The television car restoring guru Townsend will join Beaulieu’s team of drivers for the prestigious event, with the National Motor Museum entering four pre-1905 cars including Fiat’s 1899 Fiat 3.5hp which is celebrating its 120th birthday, the 1903 De Dietrich 24hp and 1903 Daimler 22hp.
Fuzz Townshend – Driving Lesson
In preparation for his gruelling drive in the 115-year-old De Dion Bouton Model Q, Fuzz was put through his paces in a driving lesson at Beaulieu this week. Mastering the car’s controls and discovering some of its foibles, under the expert guidance of National Motor Museum Senior Engineer Ian Stanfield, he took to the open road for a 10-mile run practice run across the New Forest. With a top speed of less than 30mph, Fuzz is ready for a long day of driving.
An excited Fuzz said:
“It’s a brilliant opportunity and I’m really looking forward to taking part in the run, so thank you to everyone at Beaulieu for inviting me. The De Dion is quite scary to drive but it’s going to be an amazing experience. I reckon it’s going to take me about six hours or so to get down to Madeira Drive, by which point I’ll probably be wet, cold and in need of a cup of tea!”
The 60-mile run from London’s Hyde Park to Brighton’s Madeira Drive will see more than 400 horseless carriages taking to the roads for the world’s longest-running motoring event on Sunday November 3rd.
Traditionally significant and organised by the Royal Automobile Club since 1930, the iconic Bonhams Veteran Car Run takes place on the first Sunday in November. 2019 will see in excess of 400 two, three and four-wheeled vehicles all built before 1905 taking part on the 3rd of that month in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators.
Miles Wade, Club Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club, said:
“To this day, the Run remains the Club’s flagship event, drawing in a truly international following every year. We always seek to provide the best experience possible for our participants and followers, and our revamped website and entry system contributes to this. The Run has a phenomenal heritage and, as its custodians, it’s important that we work to ensure that the Run is easy to access for our participants and all those who choose to follow this extraordinary event.”
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