Significant route change for the Veteran Car Run for the first time in 60 years
Participants on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, supported by Hiscox, will be using an alternative route out of the capital this year.
The 400+ pre-1905 veteran cars will leave Hyde Park at sunrise, passing many well known landmarks – Hyde Park Corner, Buckingham Palace, Horseguards and Big Ben before crossing Westminster Bridge.
However, with the centre of Brixton, in South London, undergoing long term road works, participants then will leave London via Kennington, Clapham and Morden, passing through Balham – famously described by Peter Sellers as ‘Bal-Ham, Gateway to the South’ in a 1940’s BBC radio comedy sketch – along the way.
FIRST FEMALE WORKSHOP APPRENTICE APPOINTED AT NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM, BEAULIEU
The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has appointed a new workshop apprentice as an investment in the future of its historic vehicle collection at a time when few specialist workshops are taking on trainees.
New apprentice Emily Leese, aged 18, joins the museum’s experienced workshop team to help maintain and restore its collection of more than 250 historic vehicles. A young woman in an industry traditionally dominated by older men, Emily’s training will help to keep alive the essential skills needed to look after and preserve the museum’s remarkable machines.
When she completes her apprenticeship, Emily will become the first to do so since Museum Manager and Chief Engineer Doug Hill finished his apprenticeship 40 years ago.
BLAZING SUNSHINE AND RECORD BOOKINGS FOR NEXT BEAULIEU INTERNATIONAL AUTOJUMBLE
Blazing sunshine saw more than 34,000 motoring enthusiasts from across the world turn out for Beaulieu’s International Autojumble to mark the 50th anniversary of the popular event.
As many as 2,341 stands were packed with elusive classic car spare parts, motoring accessories, literature and automobilia for a busy weekend of trading on September 2nd and 3rd. Not even Sunday’s rain which followed Saturday’s sunshine could dampen the spirits of the dedicated bargain-hunters, who searched for good quality treasure at Trunk Traders.
Beaulieu will start up the National Motor Museum’s legendary Lotus 49 at the International Autojumble to mark 50 years of the popular event which began life in the same year that the car was built
The F1 car will roar into life on Sunday September 3rd at 3pm in front of the museum as part of the weekend event. The legendary racing car, which was built in 1967 with chassis number 3, was famously campaigned by Graham Hill and is one of the most iconic racers of its generation. The roar of its 2993cc V8 engine is sure to impress show-goers.
The Lotus is stepping in for the start-up of the museum’s 1950 BRM V16 which has had to be postponed due to technical problems. Testing in the final stages of the BRM’s engine rebuild revealed that a set of oil seals needed to be remade before the project was complete.