Christian Horner and Geri Halliwell to drive 114-year-old Panhard!

A celebrity team consisting of the Red Bull Racing team principal and the Spice Girls' 'Ginger Spice' will take on this year's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner will team up with wife Geri Halliwell, previously 'Ginger Spice' from the Spice Girls, to form a team for the 2018 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the longest running motoring event in the world, this November.

Christian Horner has run the Red Bull Formula 1 team since 2005, and won four consecutive drivers' and constructors' titles between 2010 and '14 with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Geri has been a member of the Spice Girls all-female pop group since 1994, although the group has not been active for the entirety of that time.

The husband and wife combination will share a 1904 Panhard-Levassor belonging to Lord Irvine Laidlaw, a Conservative peer who has previously raced in a Le Mans-winning Jaguar, for this year’s run from Hyde Park to the Sussex seafront.

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Laidlaw will drive a significant portion of the route, but will hand over to Christian, who made it to the F1 feeder series International Formula 3000 in the 1990s as a driver, for some parts. Recently Christian, Geri and the family dog enjoyed a successful test outing aboard the 15bhp open top machine – and that's not their first classic, because they bought Ringo Starr's Mini for £102,000 in December 2017.

'We had a terrific test drive,' reported a delighted Christian. 'The car was a lot of fun and relatively lively once you’d mastered the basics. We’re now really looking forward to taking part in the Run in November – even if it’s cold and wet that won’t dampen our enthusiasm.'

Christian and Geri will not be the first to share the drive with Lord Laidlaw. Four years ago Olympic and America’s Cup sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie swapped wind power for horsepower.

As in recent years, the Veteran Car Run will act as the finale to the Royal Automobile Club’s London Motor Week, which also includes the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, now held annually on the Saturday immediately before the Run. Bonhams auctioneers will host a special Veteran Car Run sale on the preceding Friday afternoon with an exciting selection of veteran cars and related memorabilia coming under the hammer.

To find out more about the Veteran Car Run, held on Sunday November 4, visit www.veterancarrun.com.

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