This November’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is unlikely to return to Reigate, but Redhill and Earlswood should still offer their usual viewing opportunities.
Last year’s event, made up of over 400 pre-1905 vehicles, came via Reigate (or at least as close as Raglan Road and Croydon Road) for the first time in over 60 years.
Roadworks in Brixton were the reason for routing the cars down the A217 rather than the A23 in the north of the borough.
When asked about this year’s plans, a spokesperson for organisers The Royal Automobile Club said:
“The final 2018 route is yet to be confirmed but, subject to the completion of road works in Brixton, we shall be returning, in principle, to the traditional route.”
Last November many turned out to watch the cars as they came down Reigate Hill, then Raglan Road, Croydon Road, and then the A25 to Redhill where they resumed the traditional A23 route southwards.
Sadly, the event was marred by a fatal accident on Reigate Hill, in which the driver of a 1902 Benz was killed after a collision. A date has not yet been issued for the inquest, which was opened and adjourned by the Surrey Coroner in November.
Details of the route for this year’s “Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Supported by Hiscox” will appear on the event’s website.