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Little Classics News: 27 October 2014

Hollywood to Pilot Beaulieu De Dion Bouton for Veteran Car Run

Paul receiving tuition from the NMM’s Ian Stanfield

Great British Bake-Off celebrity baker, Paul Hollywood, will be officially starting the 2014 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run this Sunday (2 November), alongside Olympic legends Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Steve Redgrave and multiple world-championship wining F1 team boss Ross Brawn. They will be tearing up the red flag on the start line of the run, commemorating the day that motorists could drive without a man walking ahead of them with a red flag and the raising of the speed limit from 4 to 14mph.

The annual Run will feature more than 400 extraordinary historic cars dating back to the dawn of motoring and celebrates the original Emancipation Run, held on 14 November 1896.

1904 De Dion Bouton powered by a single-cylinder 6hp engine

Along with all the other participants, Hollywood will be setting out from Hyde Park just after dawn and heading for the Sussex seafront aboard a pioneering car from the pre-1905 era. He will be driving a two-seater 1904 De Dion Bouton powered by a single-cylinder 6hp engine kindly loaned by the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

“It’s going to be great fun. I’ve always wanted to do the Run ever since my granddad used to talk about it, so I’m really looking forward to the journey,” enthused Paul, who is also a huge motoring enthusiast. “I’ve got a real passion for cars and taking this trip with lots of other people who also clearly have a similar passion is going to be something really, really special. Just seeing all these veteran cars going through the heart of London is going to be spectacular.”

Paul Hollywood with Vintage car

Hollywood has already had a brief chance to acquaint himself with the ground-breaking De Dion Bouton under the expert guidance of Ian Stanfield, Senior Engineer at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. “It’s very different from today’s cars,” said Paul. “You control just about everything with your hands and that takes a bit of getting used to. There are no dials but I’m told it will do 30mph which is going to be hilarious!”

The Run is the highlight of a long weekend of motoring nostalgia in the capital, much of it free to view. Other events include the free Regent Street Motor Show (Saturday, 1 November) and the annual Bonhams Veteran Car auction (Friday 31 October).

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