The 2018 Classic Car Run hits the roads for the 30th time in June as vintage car owners look to commemorate the Emancipation Run of 1896.
On Sun 3 June, the famous run will be held once again as a celebration of the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act in 1896, which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 mph to 14 mph, while also abolishing the requirement for these vehicles to be driven by a man on foot.
Organisers Classic Motor Events created their own version of the London to Brighton Classic car run in 1988. This therefore gave owners of vintage and classic cars the chance to take part in their own run on a usually warmer day in June, compared to the Veteran car run that is held in November.
Cars over the age of 25 are eligible to enter the run, while a separate race was created in 2000 to cater for more modern sports cars, kit and replica vehicles. As a result, the London to Brighton runs were available to all motoring enthusiasts, not just those with classic cars.
The runs will start from Greenwich Park in London, also the start venue in 2015, and the finish line is on Madeira Drive, just next to the Brighton pier. The day is ended with a short awards ceremony, which includes best period dressed participants, longest distance travelled as well as many others.