Formula motorsport engineer and Formula One technical supremo, Ross Brawn has announced his intention to partake in the upcoming Bonhams London Brighton Veteran Car.
The former Formula One team principal will be just one of the high-profile figures at the world's longest-running motoring event, which last year saw TV personality Paul Hollywood and Olympic heroes Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Steve Redgrave take part.
The Rally, of which Vauxhall is a Manufacturer Patron, will take place on Sunday 1st November and will feature over 400 pre-1905 vehicles, including a 1904 6hp single-cylinder two-seater Vauxhall which belongs to the British car maker.
Brawn will be piloting his own British-built Wilson-Pilcher car dating back to 1904. The only known surviving model features a host of groundbreaking components, including a 2.7-litre, water-cooled, flat-four 12/16hp engine, a Phaeton chassis and a novel transmission fitted with dual epicyclic gears.
Brawn recalled his participation in last year's London to Brighton run, commenting: "It was a tremendous experience. I was just staggered and impressed by the support the event gets from the public they love it. Even though the weather wasn't great, the amount of people out waving and cheering was really enjoyable and impressive.
"Driving the car for the 60 miles was completely novel. I'd had some lessons from someone who knew what they were doing but driving that far was certainly an undertaking. It was nice to challenge myself with something different normally I'm watching someone else do the driving!"
by: Laura Thomson