Vet­eran Gal­lic charm

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

This year’s London to Brighton Vet­eran Car Run will adopt a French theme in cel­e­bra­tion of the na­tion’s con­tri­bu­tion to mo­tor­ing’s early years. The 60-mile London to Brighton run is the long­est run­ning mo­tor­ing event in the world, with all ve­hi­cles tak­ing part be­ing built be­fore 1905. This year’s 5 Novem­ber run cel­e­brates the huge French con­tri­bu­tions made to the au­to­mo­bile world, such as how in 1903 France was re­spon­si­ble for the build­ing of 30,000 cars, half of the world’s to­tal pro­duc­tion for that year. What is thought to be the only re­main­ing Créanche in ex­is­tence – built in 1900, and pow­ered by a sin­gle-cylin­der De Dion en­gine – will be on show. Also hop­ing to join the run is a rare 1900 Re­nault Type C that is hav­ing new parts for the brakes and rear axle pre­pared by a black­smith in prepa­ra­tion for the event. Re­nault’s se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, Mark Waller, says: ‘ The an­nual pil­grim­age to Brighton al­ways pro­vides us with a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to bring to life the jour­ney Re­nault has been on from its ear­li­est be­gin­nings to the present day.’


Cars like this 1901 Pan­hard et Levas­sor will be cel­e­brated at this year’s run.

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