Renault UK proudly sponsors the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2015, in a partnership that has run for more than thirty years.
As patron of the Bonham’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2015, Renault Group UK will be entering its 1900 Type C into the long-standing heritage trial on 1st November. The Renault Type C will be driven by Alasdair Worsley, Editor of the Renault Owners Club and expert of both the run and the Type C.
The Renault Type 610-4 C was first shown in April 1900 at the Vincennes Car Show as part of the World Exhibition taking place in Paris. The vehicle was extremely advanced for its time, adopting an innovative cooling system using water meaning the bonnet was, unusually for the period, square. Its chassis was designed in the same way as its predecessors, the Renault Type A and Type B, but longer and larger and available in three forms – a convertible with removable back seats, a ‘barrel’ four-seater and a coupe with two and three seats.
Available for 4,500 ancien Francs (approx. £13,000 in early 2015), the Type C was victorious in many reliability and time trials in the early 20th Century, such as the Paris-Bordeaux and the Paris-Toulouse, shortly after being unveiled in Vincennes. These victories led to commercial success for the young Renault Frères and were directly linked to 350 customer orders for the Type C.
Jeremy Townsend, Communications Director, Renault Group UK, said: “Renault has been involved with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run since the 1970s, and it’s fantastic to be a patron once more, showcasing the brand’s long and varied history. Our Type C is the epitome of the great resilience shown by Renault; being one of the few motor manufacturers created before the 20th Century still going strong now, and we wish Alasdair well in his adventure on 1st November.”
With as many as half a million spectators expected to line the route, the first cars will take off from Hyde Park at first light (approximately 6:54 am). The Type C will travel through central London to pass Buckingham Palace and towards the Imperial War Museum, before heading south towards Croydon, Purley, Redhill, Crawley and onwards to the finish line on Madeira Drive, Brighton.
Commenting on taking part once again, Worsley said: “To be driving the Type C on such an iconic run will be an absolute pleasure. The car was so innovative for its time having been designed by Louis Renault. The Type C’s pace is very leisurely, especially compared to modern day cars, however, it’s a real thrill to have the chance to drive it! I’m very confident in the Type C’s ability to get us to Madeira Drive without a hitch on 1st November.”
As part of London Motor Week, Renault will be exhibiting a range of vehicles from its current range, including test drives in the all-electric ZOE and Twizy, at the Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 31 October.
Bonham’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the re-enactment of the Emancipation Run which first took place 14th November 1897 to celebrate the Locomotives on the Highway Act which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4mph to 14mph and abolished the need for the vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.