The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, based at the British Motor Museum, is yet again supporting the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, supported by Hiscox, which will take place on Sunday 4 November.
World renowned supermodel and global icon Yasmin Le Bon will drive the Museum's 1901 Wolseley 10hp tonneau. The Wolseley is one of six of the rarest and finest models from the Museum's collection that will take part in the Run. Yasmin is also representing The Movember Foundation, the official charity partner of the 2018 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Yasmin and her pop star husband, Simon, both visited the Museum on 29 October to test drive the car.
Ever since she was a young girl, Yasmin has been fascinated by cars and jumping aboard the Wolseley for the Run caught her imagination. "My father has always loved cars, not only aesthetically and mechanically, but also for the simple reason that cars enable you to go on adventures," she explained.
Other cars from the Museum which will take part include a 1904 Wolseley 6hp phaeton which will be driven by motoring journalist Quentin Willson. BMIHT Chairman, Kevin Timms, will drive a 1904 Thornycroft 20hp tonneau which was driven last year by TV presenter Charley Boorman. Other models on the Run include the Museum's 1899 Wolseley 3½hp voiturette, 1902 Albion A1 dog-cart and a 1904 Rover 8hp which is the oldest surviving Rover car.
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Run is a premier event in the annual motoring calendar and has been running longer than any other in the world. It marks the historic day in 1896 when a group of pioneer motorists set out from London towards the seaside, in celebration of the 'emancipation of the motor car'.
Stephen Laing, Curator at the British Motor Museum said "The Museum has been delighted to support the Run for a number of years enabling celebrities such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Lindsey Russell from Blue Peter and Charley Boorman to drive our cars which are all more than a century old. Seeing more than 400 pre-1905 cars take part in the 60 mile Run is an amazing and nostalgic experience."
To find out more about the British Motor Museum please visit the website at http://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188. For more information on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run please visit http://www.veterancarrun.com. For more information on the Movember Foundation visit http://www.movember.com