RAC Summer Run

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The Royal Automobile Club has confirmed that this year’s Summer Veteran Car Run will make a welcome return on Thursday 18 July.  The single-day Summer Run was established in 2022 to provide owners of pre-1905 vehicles with an opportunity to enjoy their cars in the more clement summer weather, as a run-up to the annual RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which, as tradition dictates, takes place on the first Sunday in November.  It has proved to be an extremely popular initiative with the owners of these pioneering vehicles.

The event centres around the Club’s Woodcote Park clubhouse and meanders through the quieter roads of rural Surrey and Sussex heading for a pit stop and lunch in a secluded location.  Afterwards, participants can enjoy a gentle return run to Woodcote Park for high tea followed by a light-hearted concours with unusual judging criteria followed by the prize-giving.  The day’s proceedings conclude with alfresco drinks (weather permitting!) before the Club’s Executive Head Chef serves a summer feast in the historic Motor House surrounded by the Club’s heritage vehicle collection.

The unique appeal and significance of the London to Brighton Run regularly attracts more than 400 entries from all over the world.  However, the Summer Run is open to just 30 petrol, steam or even electric pioneers, and July’s showpiece is certain to attract another full capacity of truly remarkable machines, all dating back 120 years to the dawn of motoring.  Full details of both events can be found at www.veterancarrun.com.

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