Celebs take oldies out garages

2012-10-25 06:01

LONDON, England - The Royal Automobile Club will host the world's oldest motoring event, the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, 116 years after the first, on Sunday November 4, 2012.

About 500 pre-1905 vehicles will trundle their way from Hyde Park in central London to Madeira Drive, Brighton on England's south coast.

The event is part of a weekend of motoring celebrations, among them the RAC Future Car challenge (for low energy use vehicles) and London's Regent Street auto show (celebrating the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring).


Thousands of spectators who line the route will see some familiar faces – among them Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, TV adventurer Charley Boorman and ex-Formula 1 drivers Jochen Mass and Sir Stirling Moss.

Mason has taken part in the London-Brighton run every year since 1985 and only failed to finish twice. He will once again be on the start line in London with a 1901 Panhard et Levassor Roi-des-Belges.

It will be Boorman's run debut. He has accepted a ride with John and Diane Shawe and their son Jack in the family's eight horsepower (6kW)1904 English Mechanic veteran car. The Shawe family, fans of Boorman, driven 33 times in the run since 1972 and finished 30 times.

Jochen Mass competed in 114 F1 GP's driving for the Surtees, McLaren, ATS, Arrows and March teams. He will take part in the run with Dr Alexander Schroeder-Frerkes in his 1904 Autocar.


Sir Stirling and Lady Moss will be passengers alongside Mr and Mrs Chris Jaques in their 1903 Panhard Levassor. The Jaques have completed 35 runs and only broken down once so their passengers are unlikely to have to push.

Other personalities at the event will include car enthusiast, Joy Rainey, who has taken part many times. This year's will be a warm-up for her planned 4548km trip across the USA in her faithful 109-year old Oldsmobile in 2013.

Meanwhile, ultra-marathon runner Duncan Philips will run from London to Brighton as he has a friendly wager that he can beat Dan Suskin from the USA in this 1902 Delahaye.