Legendary Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar showed his skills are not only between the wickets but also on the road as he added another historic run to his impressive list of achievements… last week the renowned ‘master blaster’ took a drive in a 1900 Daimler, a regular participant in the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
The stunning Daimler is currently in the care of the Royal Automobile Club, organiser of the annual pilgrimage from capital to coast, and Tendulkar was visiting its Pall Mall Clubhouse while in the UK for the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Aware of his love of cars and always keen to share its passion for historic vehicles, the Club transported a 1900 Daimler (sporting a Veteran Car Run Number 10 – Sachin’s number as a player) from its Woodcote Park Motor House to Pall Mall in time for Sachin’s visit.
It was all aboard without any reverse sweep as the Club’s Head of Motoring, Jeremy Vaughan, gave the batting superstar an ‘economy rate’ tour of the controls in the 119-year-old Daimler before they set off down Pall Mall then taking an ‘outswing’ right into St James’s Square.
The club’s Head of Motoring, Jeremy Vaughan said:
“He soon got the swing of it and despite being overtaken by a bicycle, which he thought was very amusing, proceeded to circle around the square becoming more confident by the minute.
“For an international megastar who has 75 million followers on social media, it was so reassuring to teach someone who was genuinely interested in the experience and had the time to listen and take it all in. I did ask him to join us on the Run… and, who knows, perhaps one day he will accept our invitation.”
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Lunch beckoned and Tendulkar was safely driven back to the clubhouse in the veteran and headed inside to enjoy a leisurely dinner in the clubhouse.
The Club was thrilled to share the excitement of the veteran car world with the icon, and the cricketing star was similarly overjoyed with his ride in a veteran, describing it as ‘an experience I shall always cherish’.
As tradition dictates, the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – organised by the Royal Automobile Club since 1930 – will take place on the first Sunday in November, which this year falls on the 3rd November. More than 400 three- and four-wheelers – all built before 1905 – will take part in the 2019 Run and in excess of 500,000 spectators will line the roadsides between London to Brighton.
Full details of the event can be found on the recently refreshed www.veterancarrun.com website.