Bonhams Veteran Car Zone

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox is the world’s longest running motoring event and will see over 400 pre-1905 cars set off on their annual pilgrimage from Hyde Park to Madeira Drive in Brighton on Sunday 6th November 2016, the day after the Show.

One hundred of these stunning, historic cars will be on display within the Bonhams Veteran Car Zone, featuring the Concours d’Elegance, at the Regent Street Motor Show. These vehicles have been lovingly restored by their owners, many of whom will join us in period dress, so don’t forget your camera!

The Concours d’Elegance is one of the highlights of the Regent Street Motor Show and the cars will be judged by a panel of experts.

The categories that will be awarded are detailed as follows:

1      Concours d`Elegance, sponsored by Goose Live Events
The car which most embodies the spirit of the veteran era, in the composition of the coachwork, paintwork and upholstery.

The 2016 winner of the award was Mr Dick Shepard from Great Britain with his Panhard et Levassor.

2      Concours d`Equipe, sponsored by the Royal Automobile Club

For the vehicle, drivers & passengers who will be wearing appropriate period dress that, in the view of the judges, symbolises the veteran era.

The 2016 winner of the award was David Martyr of Switzerland with his Bardon.

3      Historic Veteran Car Award, sponsored by Hiscox
For the motor car with the most impressive provenance in either continuous ownership or historic connections.

The 2016 winner of this award was Robert Kauffman from the USA with his Panhard et Levassor.

4      Original and/ or Unrestored Veteran Car, sponsored by Bonhams
The vehicle which most accurately represents the specification of the vehicle when new, in every detail, this may be an unrestored vehicle.

The 2016 winner of this award was Bernard Holmes of Great Britain with his Henriod.

5      The Judges Special Award, sponsored by Abels
An award with no specific or technical criteria, but given to the car selected as the Judges favourite of the day for whatever reason – as they see fit.

The 2016 winner of this award was Peter Martin of Germany with his Benz Velo.

6      The Spectators’ Choice Award, sponsored by Bonhams
As voted by the public for their favourite veteran car – vote here now.

The 2016 winner of this award was Arturo Vayda from Columbia with his De Dion Bouton.

7      Best Presented French Car (new for 2017 only), Sponsored by the Regent Street Association
New award to celebrate French motoring as awarded by the Judges.

8      Overall Winner, sponsored by The Crown Estate
The overall winner as nominated by the Judges.

The 2016 winner of this award was Austra Priede-Klavina from Latvia with the world’s only Krastin.

More details on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox can be found at:

Pit Stop Café and Harrods Display

Two new additions to the zone this year are the Royal Automobile Club’s Pit Stop mobile catering unit which will be offering some fantastic snacks to keep you going and the Harrods vehicle display.

Harrods took part in the inaugural London to Brighton VCR in 1898 and over the last few years, has developed a close partnership with the Run, which is believed to be the longest running in motorsport. Harrods is as official sponsor of the event, and offers refreshment and entertainment at the half-way ‘pit stop’ in Crawley.

In 2017, Harrods Director of Store Operations, James Healy, is set to take part, driving a 1901 electric Pope Waverley on the historic run. The Pope Waverly is just one of the vintage vehicles which Harrods as preserved, as a nod to the rich history of the store.

Harrods was one of the first companies in the UK to develop an all-electric commercial fleet, introducing its first electric vehicle over 100 years ago and going on to build a fleet of over 60 electric vehicles – including solid-tyred American Walker electric vans – which delivered goods to the store’s local London customers.

Harrods maintains its commitment to innovative technology today. Over 100 years after the London department store first added an electric car to its fleet, Harrods returned to EV, with the addition of the 100 percent electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery van. The Nissan e-NV200 has been specially adapted to perfectly fit Harrods’ delivery needs. The load space of the van has been fully refrigerated and shelving units added to allow for fresh groceries to be transported in optimum condition. The exterior has also been wrapped in the traditional green and gold Harrods livery to make it recognisable as it travels around the city