6 October 2016

Brighton Run to honour German cars

The annual London-Brighton Run for veteran cars will honour Germany this year to mark the 130th anniversary of Karl Benz's Patent-Motorwagen, writes Brian Byrne.

There will be 14 German made cars among the 400+ entries for the Run, which is also the 120th anniversary of the 'Emancipation Run' that marked the abolition of the need for a man with a red flag to walk in front of cars.

Among these are a Benz Victoria and a Benz Phaeton, both from 1898, entered by the Allgemeiner Schnauferl Club, one of the world’s earliest motoring clubs, which was founded in 1900.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is also joining in the celebration by entering two of its motoring pioneers on the Run — a 1901 Benz Spider and a 1902 Mercedes Simplex.

The Run takes place on the first Sunday in November, the 6th, and will be preceded the day before by the Regent Street Motor Show which turns London’s premier shopping street into a motoring showcase.