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History '2'

Research is still on going.
The maps are to be used only as a guide as they too are still being researched.

 

General Items  --  Route Items

 

General Items of each Run
The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) is the governing body for motor sport in Britain.
The "Number of Cars" is taken from the Programmes of the time or in the case of 1896 taken from various sources hence two or more figures. The number that started on the day may be different to that shown.

Click on the year for the route items of that year.

Year Anniversary of the Emancipation Day Actual Run Number Date of Run
All Sundays except where shown.
Number of Cars No. 13 included Comments
1896 -- 1 Saturday
14- November
54/58 Don't
know!
The Emancipation Day
Only 33, 37 or 39 started.
It was reported 13 finished with 9 more arriving in time for the banquet.
1897
to
1926
1~30 No Runs -- -- --  
1927 31 2 13- November 51 Yes First official re-enactment of the Emancipation Day Run.
Entry was open to all cars over 21 years old.
Maps and route information was by The Automobile Association (AA).
1928 32 3 18- November 44 No Closing date for cars was 18th. November 1903 - i.e. each car had to be 25 years old.
Maps and route information was now by the RAC.
1929 33 4 20- October 45 No Closing date for cars was 20th. November 1904 - i.e. each car had to be 25 years old.
1930 34 5 23- November 58 No RAC took over the running of the Event.
Closing date for cars was 31st. December 1904. The start of the closing date of 31/12/04
- The VCC was formed following the Run
1931 35 6 15- November 57 Yes  
1932 36 7 20- November 74 Yes  
1933 37 8 12- November 80 No  
1934 38 9 18- November 93 No  
1935 39 10 17- November 99 No  
1936 40 11 15- November 93 No  
1937 41 12 21- November 116 No  
1938 42 13 20- November 122 No An extra car was added in the list using an "A"
1939
to
1945
43~49 No Runs -- -- -- WW2
1946 50 14 17- November 137 Yes  
1947 51 No Run -- -- -- Petrol rationing
1948 52 15 14- November 120 No  
1949 53 16 13- November 130 No  
1950 54 17 19- November 163 No  
1951 55 18 18- November 166 No  
1952 56 19 2- November 163 No  
1953 57 20 1- November 181 No  
1954 58 21 14- November 223 No  
1955 59 22 13- November 213 No  
1956 60 23 4- November 231 No Possibly the start of the fixed date
   - 1st Sunday in November.
1957 61 24 3- November 236 No  
1958 62 25 2- November 206 No  
1959 63 26 1- November 249 No  
1960 64 27 6- November 264 No Two extra cars were added in the list using "A's"
1961 65 28 5- November 250 No  
1962 66 29 4- November 250 No  
1963 67 30 3- November 245 No An extra car was added in the list using an "A"
1964 68 31 1- November 257 No  
1965 69 32 7- November 274 No  
1966 70 33 6- November 265 No  
1967 71 34 5- November 282 No  
1968 72 35 3- November 281 No  
1969 73 36 2- November 294 No  
1970 74 37 1- November 302 No  
1971 75 38 7- November 316 No  
1972 76 39 5- November 320 No  
1973 77 40 4- November 339 No  
1974 78 41 3- November 295 No  
1975 79 42 2- November 284 No  
1976 80 43 7- November 290 No  
1977 81 44 6- November 278 No  
1978 82 45 5- November 296 No  
1979 83 46 4- November 321 No  
1980 84 47 2- November 320 No  
1981 85 48 1- November 342 No  
1982 86 49 7- November 353 No  
1983 87 50 6- November 367 No  
1984 88 51 4- November 404 No  
1985 89 52 3- November 392 No  
1986 90 53 2- November 416 No  
1987 91 54 1- November 418 No The Run is organised by the RAC Motor Sports Association Ltd.
1988 92 55 6- November 427 No  
1989 93 56 5- November 451 No  
1990 94 57 4- November 477 No  
1991 95 58 3- November 496 No  
1992 96 59 1- November 472 No  
1993 97 60 7- November 461 No  
1994 98 61 6- November 460 Yes  
1995 99 62 5- November 469 Yes  
1996 100 63 3- November 680 No A 1884 De Dion Bouton, Trepardoux had the number "0".
Largest number of cars to date.
1997 101 64 2- November 449 Yes  
1998 102 65 1- November 476 Yes  
1999 103 66 7- November 452 Yes The RAC Motor Sports Association (RACMSA) is now known as Motor Sports Association Ltd. (MSA).
2000 104 67 5- November 432 Yes  
2001 105 68 4- November 412 No International Motor Sports (IMS) takes on the organisation for the RAC
2002 106 69 3- November 422 No  
2003 107 70 2- November 414 No Preview of a small number of the cars on Saturday.
2004 108 71 7- November 464 Yes Motion Works takes on the organisation for the RAC.
2005 109 72 6- November 485 Yes Saturday preview of the cars moves to Regent Street.
2006 110 73 5- November 493 Yes  
2007 111 74 4- November 528 Yes  
2008 112 75 2- November 558 Yes  
2009 113 76 1- November 563 Yes  
2010 114 77 7- November 570 Yes  
2011 115 78 6- November 549 Yes  
2012 116 79 4- November 506 Yes Goose Communications Ltd. takes on the organisation for the RAC.
2013 117 80 3- November 422 Yes  
2014 118 81 2- November 438 Yes Name change to Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
2015 119 82 1- November 427 Yes  
2016 120 83 6- November 419 Yes Name change to: -
Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox
2017 121 84 5- November      

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Route Items of Each Run
Where it states a route or another type of change it was the first year of that change.

(Click on a year for a Start & Finish route map).

Year Anniversary of the Emancipation Day Date of Run
All Sundays except where shown.
Start time Start in London Finish in Brighton Comments
1896 -- Saturday
14- November
10:30 Metropole Hotel. Preston Park
and then a parade to the
Metropole Hotel.
The Emancipation Day Run.
Route was straight to and via Reigate where lunch was taken.
1897
to
1926
1~30 No Runs -- -- --  
1927 31 13- November 09:00 Victoria Embankment. Patcham Toll House.
Preston Park.
With a parade.
Route was straight to and via Reigate. The route used the A23 Croydon By-pass (Purley Way).
1928 32 18- November 08:15 from Garage (Lex Reservoir Garage,
Kensington Place,
Kensington).

Westminster Bridge.
Brittain's Garage,
Patcham.
Preston Park.
With a parade.
Westminster Bridge was the official timing start (For this year).
Route was via Redhill then to Reigate.
1929 33 20- October 08:45 (Auto Auctions,
Horseferry Road).

The Mall.
Preston Park.
With a procession.
 
1930 34 23- November 09:00 Henly's Garage,
Glasgow Terrace,
Grosvenor Road,
Pimlico.
Aquarium Garage,
Marine Parade.
 
1931 35 15- November 09:00 Moon's Garage,
Buckingham Palace Road,
Victoria.
Aquarium Garage, Marine Parade.  
1932 36 20- November 09:30 Moon's Garage,
Buckingham Palace Road,
Victoria.
Aquarium Garage, Marine Parade.  
1933 37 12- November 09:30 Moon's Garage,
Buckingham Palace Road,
Victoria.
Aquarium Garage, Marine Parade.  
1934 38 18- November 09:00 City Of London Garage,
Wilson Street.
Madeira Drive.  
1935 39 17- November 09:00 City Of London Garage,
Wilson Street.
Madeira Drive.  
1936 40 15- November 08:30 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive. Compulsory stop at the Southdown Motor Services Station, Crawley.
1937 41 21- November 08:30 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive. Compulsory stop at the Southdown Motor Services Station, Crawley.
1938 42 20- November 08:00 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive.
With a procession.
Compulsory stop at the Embassy Picture House, Crawley.
1939
to
1945
43~49 No Runs -- -- -- WW2
1946 50 17- November 08:00 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive.
With a procession.
Compulsory stop at the Embassy Picture House, Crawley.
1947 51 No Run -- -- -- Petrol rationing.
1948 52 14- November 08:00 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Preston Park.
With a parade.
First year to use the Crawley by-pass.
No compulsory stop.
1949 53 13- November 08:00 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive.  
1950 54 19- November 08:30 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
Route change, for only this year, in London due to a rehearsal of a State Visit.
1951 55 18- November 08:30 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
 
1952 56 2- November 08:30 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
 
1953 57 1- November 08:30 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
The parade was canceled due to bad weather.
1954 58 14- November 08:30 The Powder Magazine in Hyde Park. Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
 
1955 59 13- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. Route change - missing out Reigate to keep to the A23.
1956 60 4- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
 
1957 61 3- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
 
1958 62 2- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
 
1959 63 1- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
 
1960 64 6- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
Last mention, in the programme, of The Mall being part of the route.
1961 65 5- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
 
1962 66 4- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.
With a parade.
Route changed to a drive through Croydon Town Centre.
The last parade.
1963 67 3- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1964 68 1- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1965 69 7- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1966 70 6- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1967 71 5- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1968 72 3- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1969 73 2- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1970 74 1- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1971 75 7- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1972 76 5- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1973 77 4- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1974 78 3- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1975 79 2- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1976 80 7- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. Route change in London, missing out Buckingham Palace, The Mall.
1977 81 6- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1978 82 5- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1979 83 4- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1980 84 2- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1981 85 1- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1982 86 7- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1983 87 6- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1984 88 4- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1985 89 3- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1986 90 2- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1987 91 1- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1988 92 6- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1989 93 5- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1990 94 4- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1991 95 3- November 08:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1992 96 1- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. Official coffee stop at Crest Hotel, Gatwick.
A route change after the official coffee stop due to the A23 becoming a fast duel carriageway.
1993 97 7- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. Official coffee stop at Gatwick Manor Inn, Gatwick.
1994 98 6- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. Route changed to pass through Crawley for a official coffee stop at the George Hotel.
1995 99 5- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1996 100 3- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. Route change for only this year.
Route passed through Wellington Arch and pass Buckingham Palace.
Exit from Hyde Park was via The Grand Entrance (Apsley Arch).
1997 101 2- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. Route in London was back to the 1976~95 route.
1998 102 1- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
1999 103 7- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
2000 104 5- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
2001 105 4- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
2002 106 3- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
2003 107 2- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. Route returned to passing Buckingham Palace.
2004 108 7- November 07:30 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
Exit from Hyde Park was via The Grand Entrance (Apsley Arch)
Route change after crossing Westminster Bridge and reverting back to the Gatwick by-pass.
2005 109 6- November 07:15 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
 
2006 110 5- November 07:07 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
Route changed to use Brighton's bus only roads and lanes.
2007 111 4- November 07:01 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
 
2008 112 2- November 06:58 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
The cars can now use London's bus lanes.
2009 113 1- November 06:54 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
 
2010 114 7- November 07:04 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
Route change through Croydon to miss the Town Centre.
2011 115 6- November 07:02 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
There was a route detour from the established route due to an incident at Streatham in the early hours of Sunday morning.
2012 116 4- November 07:00 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
Route passed through Wellington Arch and pass Buckingham Palace.
Route change after Westminster Bridge.
2013 117 3- November 06:58 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
 
2014 118 2- November 06:56 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Preston Park,
Madeira Drive.
Once passed Buckingham Palace its then in to The Mall.
More bus lanes open in London & Brighton
2015 119 1- November 06:54 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive. The route after Westminster Bridge returns to the route as 2011.
The cars now pass Peston Park and drive direct to the sea front at Madeira Drive
2016 120 6- November 07:02 Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park.
Madeira Drive.  
2017 121 5- November   Serpentine Road,
Hyde Park. 
Madeira Drive.  Route changed to avoid Brixton's planned road works. The new route after Kennington: - A3 via Balham, A24 Mitcham, Morden, A297 Sutton, A217 Banstead, Tadworth, Reigate, A25 to Redhill and back on the 2016 route.

 



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