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The Veteran Run traditionally takes place on the first Sunday of every November and commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896 which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act. This raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot carrying a red flag! This requirement was abolished in 1878 but the Locomotive Act was still widely known as the 'Red Flag Act' and a red flag was symbolically destroyed at the start of the Emancipation Run as it is today just before the start in Hyde Park.
The Veteran Run represents a rare opportunity for participants to take their extraordinary automobiles on this historic 60-mile journey from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront in the Sussex resort of Brighton. The 500 fine examples of pre-1905 manufactured vehicles that take part in the 60-mile event showcase the pioneering spirit and engineering ability of the early motorist.
This year, Thornley Kelham prepared and supported a beautiful 1900 Darraq 6.5HP, the car's second time being entered in this historic event. The Darraq was carefully prepped in our workshops before being transported to London prior to the start of the run. Driven by the car's owner, it performed perfectly for the duration of its 60 mile trip, much to the delight of the owner and his co-driver Wayne, one of 3 passengers in the tiny vehicle! Chris, our mechanic, followed closely behind in our van to ensure all went smoothly.
It was a wonderful day out with the Darraq and the car's owner being presented with a 'Reliability Certifcate', which is awarded to all cars that finish before 12pm!