‘The Old Crocks’
The Royal Automobile Club’s annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place on the first Sunday of every November. This year over five hundred cars entered the 115th run and the entrants were from all over the world. The event, known affectionately in the city as ‘The Old Crocks’ was as popular as ever and the cars which made it to the finish line were given a great welcome.
First run in 1896
This popular and classic run commemorates the ‘Emancipation Run’ of 14 November 1896. This celebrated the passing into law of the ‘Locomotives on the Highway Act’, in which the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ was raised from 4mph to 14mph. The act also abolished the requirement for a man on foot to walk in front of the vehicles.
Originally only 33 entrants
In 1896, thirty three motorists set off from the London Metropole Hotel to drive to The Metropole Hotel Brighton; only fourteen of them completed the journey. The first formal re-enactment of the 1896 Emancipation Run was in 1927; with the exception of the war years and 1947 when petrol rationing was in force, it has taken place every November since.