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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run to attracts as many as half a million spectators

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run to attracts as many as half a million spectators

Subtle changes to the route of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will see as many as half a million spectators line the streets to watch the longest running motoring event in the world pass by.

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.

From the capital to the coast, the rally's 60-mile route will begin at Hype Park corner at first light (6:54am) before passing through famous London monuments including Wellington Arch, Constitution Hill, Buckingham Palace and the Imperial War Museum.

The cars and their drivers will then join the A23 to head south towards Croydon, Purley, Redhill, Crawley and finally Brighton.

Numerous viewpoints along the route are expecting to facilitate thousands of spectators, to watch the vehicles on their way. The earliest finishers are expected to arrive at Brighton's Madeira drive from 10am, with others taking hours longer.

Clerk of the Course, Neil Carr-Jones commented: "Interest in the Veteran Car Run is higher than ever and the minor changes we have made to the route are designed not just to make life easier for the participants  you've got to remember these cars are all over 110 years old  but also to make it even more inviting to spectators."

He added: "For anyone interested in the history of motoring and how the invention of the horseless carriage has shaped our lives, this is the greatest show on earth."

by: Laura Thomson