Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will see two of the oldest Vauxhall’s ever produced join the vintage car expedition next Sunday 4th November 2018.
The marque’s slogan of ‘British Brand since 1903’ will be held aloft as one of the vehicles was built the very year Vauxhall was founded.
The not so powerful 1903 ‘5HP’ will attempt to negotiate the 60-mile long Run for the first time since 2015, co-driven by Vauxhall’s Managing Director, Steve Norman, and former Communications Director, Denis Chick.
45th Vehicle Built
As the 45th vehicle built, Vauxhall’s 5HP is a rare 4 seat variant, with lucky passengers keeping warm as they sit comfortably ‘over’ the engine. Purchased and subsequently restored to its former glory by Vauxhall Heritage, the car originally cost a swhopping £154 3s 3d.
Registered as BS 8213, the London to Brighton outing is no stranger to the vintage favourite, completing the course many times previously. Top speed is a nail biting 20mph, powered by a water-cooled 938cc engine.
Vauxhall’s 6HP Model
Joining its brother is Vauxhall’s 6HP model, which was registered JNM 400 and is one of 70 cars produced in 1904 at Vauxhall’s original factory in South London.
Now approaching its 56th appearance on the tough circuit, the one-litre, water-cooled single-cylinder engine, along with tiller steering, delivers similar performance and economy to the 5HP. Vauxhall Heritage has owned the car for more than 40 years. Journalist, Steve Fowler, will co-drive 6HP with Vauxhall PR’s Simon Hucknall.
The 2018 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run marks the 122th anniversary of the first run in 1896, which celebrated the passing of the Locomotives on Highways Act the same year, giving road-going vehicles the right to travel at up to 14mph, instead of the previous 2mph in towns led by an escort carrying a red flag. The next event didn’t happen until 1927, and has been owned and organised by the Royal Automobile Club since 1930, with only the onset of the Second World War and fuel rationing stopping it being an annual fixture right up to date. Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is now the world’s longest running motoring event.
For more information about this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Run, which takes place on Sunday, November 4, please visit here.