Veteran Gallic charm
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.