Monday, November 12, 2018


Our man RAY MASSEY hitching a ride in 1904 Lanchester on annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Ray Massey Motoring Editor For The Daily Mail

Arevolution beckons for me tomorrow. No, I won’t be flying the Red Flag; rather, I’ll be watching as one is ripped up — with the help of flame-haired former Spice Girl Geri Horner (Ginger Spice) — to mark the start of the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

The run attracts entries from across the globe to celebrate the true birth of motoring in Britain, organised by the Pall Mall-based Royal Automobile Club. 

Historic event: Drivers compete in the annual London to Brighton race

Historic event: Drivers compete in the annual London to Brighton race

The event began with the Emancipation Run of 1896, when 33 ‘automobilists’ set off from London to Brighton (17 arrived) to celebrate the repeal of the hated Red Flag Act.

On the road: The run was revived in 1927, and apart from wartime and the subsequent period of fuel rationing, has been staged annually

On the road: The run was revived in 1927, and apart from wartime and the subsequent period of fuel rationing, has been staged annually

On the road: The run was revived in 1927, and apart from wartime and the subsequent period of fuel rationing, has been staged annually

This required a man carrying a red flag to walk 20 yards ahead of cars, limiting speed to 2 mph in town and 4 mph in the country. 

The run was revived in 1927, and apart from wartime and the subsequent period of fuel rationing, has been staged annually. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected.

Horsing around: Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the rout

Horsing around: Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the rout

Horsing around: Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the rout

Geri and husband, Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner, will rip up the symbolic Red Flag before the pair jump aboard a 1904 Panhard-Levassor. 

Other celebs taking part include model Yasmin Le Bon, Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

I’ve always wanted to do it, and will this year — hitching a ride in a 1904 Lanchester hosted by RAC Club stalwart Duncan Wiltshire. 

Dressed for the occasion: The first of the pre-1905 horseless carriages leaves Hyde Park at sunrise

Dressed for the occasion: The first of the pre-1905 horseless carriages leaves Hyde Park at sunrise

Dressed for the occasion: The first of the pre-1905 horseless carriages leaves Hyde Park at sunrise

The first of the pre-1905 horseless carriages leaves Hyde Park at sunrise. 

Sight to behold: The run marks the finale of the RAC Club's London Motor Week

Sight to behold: The run marks the finale of the RAC Club's London Motor Week

Sight to behold: The run marks the finale of the RAC Club’s London Motor Week

To be sure of a medal, they must reach the finish before sunset at 4.30pm.

The end is nigh: To be sure of a medal, cars must reach the finish before sunset at 4.30pm

The end is nigh: To be sure of a medal, cars must reach the finish before sunset at 4.30pm

The end is nigh: To be sure of a medal, cars must reach the finish before sunset at 4.30pm

The run marks the finale of the RAC Club’s London Motor Week, which includes today’s Regent Street Motor Show where many vehicles participating in the run are on display.   

See: veterancarrun.com and regentstreetmotorshow.com.  

BMW LIFTS LID ON CONVERTIBLE VERSION OF 8-SERIES SPORTS TOURER 

BMW has lifted the lid on the elegant convertible version of its new 155 mph top of the range 8-series sports tourer.

And it promises that wind-in-the-hair motoring will not be a pain in the neck —despite acceleration from rest to 62 mph in less than four seconds and a £7,000 mark-up on the hard-top coupe version.

Home comforts: It features warm air-jet neck warmers for the driver and front passenger to help eliminate chills while on the move

Home comforts: It features warm air-jet neck warmers for the driver and front passenger to help eliminate chills while on the move

Home comforts: It features warm air-jet neck warmers for the driver and front passenger to help eliminate chills while on the move

Priced from £83,270, it features warm air-jet neck warmers for the driver and front passenger to help eliminate chills while on the move.

I was one of the first to sit in the flagship two-door four-seater drop-top, left, before its debut at this month’s Los Angeles Auto Show ahead of going on sale in April next year.

The coupe version goes on sale in November. The convertible’s electric fabric roof will open and close in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph.

A roll-over protection system which is built into the head restraints protects occupants.

MCLAREN’S £2.1m THREE-SEATER SPEEDTAIL WILL BUST MOST BUDGETS 

At about £700,000 per seat, McLaren’s £2.1 million three-seater Speedtail will bust most budgets.

Futuristic: The Woking-built supercar has cameras instead of mirrors

Futuristic: The Woking-built supercar has cameras instead of mirrors

Futuristic: The Woking-built supercar has cameras instead of mirrors

But all 106 examples of the 250 mph Woking-built supercar that has cameras instead of mirrors and goes from rest to 186 mph in 12.8 seconds powered by a 1,036 bhp 4-litre twin-turbo petrol-electric hybrid are already sold out.

  • Underestimating your annual mileage risks invalidating your insurance, according to new research from price comparison service uSwitch.com. More than a quarter of UK motorists (28 per cent) admit to making ‘an educated guess’ when seeking a quote. Yet half of drivers are unaware of the consequences, the report notes: ‘Setting mileage too low, however, could result in an insurer refusing to pay in the event of a claim, leaving drivers drastically out of pocket.’

 

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