Veteran Car Run to raise funds for men’s health charity

Royal Automobile Club, organiser of iconic Bonhams London to Brighton event, announces new partnership with the Movember Foundation

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Two landmark events take place every November – one in the world of automobiles and one in the charity sphere. Now, they’ve linked up to raise money to help address some of the biggest health issues faced by men everywhere.

The highly popular Veteran Car Run, which revisits the bygone days of ground-breaking motoring by showcasing venerable pre-1905 ‘horseless carriages’, is the oldest and most charismatic motoring event on the planet. It sees a convoy of vehicles well over a century old make an annual pilgrimage from London’s Hyde Park to Brighton on the Sussex coast, complete with period-dressed drivers, passengers and mechanics.

Its timely November date, and a huge appeal that always attracts thousands of roadside spectators, means it will provide the perfect plinth for its new charity partner – the sole global men’s health charity, the Movember Foundation. The Foundation raises year-round awareness and funds to help address prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental-health problems and depression that can often leading to men taking their own lives.

To date, the Foundation has funded over 1200 innovative projects in the cause areas, across 21 countries. By 2030 it aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 percent, and its flagship event is Movember, which sees participants being sponsored to grow a moustache throughout the month of November.

The Foundation was represented on last year’s Veteran Car Run by 1996 F1 World Champion Damon Hill OBE and renowned adventurer Charley Boorman, who piloted a 1904 Rover 8HP to Brighton. This year, all those involved in the event are being encouraged to grow moustaches.

Too young or, indeed, too female for the manicuring of bushy facial hair? Don’t panic; you can show your support by joining the movement. No matter whether you’re an entrant, passenger, marshal, member of the support crew, follower or visitor – let’s see those ’taches! AutoClassics will certainly be taking part.

The Foundation will also be encouraging all pubs and villages along the planned route to show support on the day and during the run-up by hosting all manner of fundraisers. New to it all? Fret not, as an online community will provide ideas to raise cash.

Participant prizes include the once-in-a-lifetime chance to partake in the coveted ‘tearing the flag’ ceremony, as performed by Hill and Boorman last November.

You can also purchase an exclusive ‘carstache’ to proudly display on your participating veteran motor.

‘This is an exciting opportunity to support one of the most celebrated and historic motor events in the world,’ said Anne-Cecile Berthier, Movember Foundation country director UK & Europe.

‘Working in partnership with the Veteran Car Run team will allow us to meet and engage with the local and international motoring community. It will also provide an exceptional platform for the Movember Foundation to raise funds to continue the incredible work we are doing to improve the health, and quality of life, of men around the world.’

The Movember Foundation’s mantra and commitment towards changing the face of men’s health is fully supported and endorsed by all those organising the ever-popular Veteran Car Run. ‘It’s a charity that is close to all of our hearts, and we are proud to be spreading the Movember message and making a difference,’ acknowledged Ben Cussons, chairman of the Royal Automobile Club’s Veteran Car Run Steering Group.

‘By its very nature, the Veteran Car Run appeals to males of all ages, and its time-honoured date in early November presents the ideal opportunity to unite with the Movember Foundation to raise awareness and vital funds. This is a terrific partnership to inspire donations, conversations and real change.’

For more information on the Movember Foundation visit its website. Further details of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, and ways to support the charity, can be found via the event’s official website.

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