38 The ALLURE of Rallies & Tours How it all began: The New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run be- ganin1987duringNewBrighton’sCentennialCelebration.TheCityadded the Run to its calendar of events that year as a way of strengthening its namesake ties to Brighton, England. Complete with a visit by the Mayor ofBrightonandotherEnglishguests,the1stAnnualAntiqueCarRunwas held with 17 participants. The Antique Car Run is an American version of the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually inEngland. This granddaddy of runs began in 1896 to celebrate the repeal of the “red flag” law. At the start of the motorized vehicle era in the late 1800’s, automobiles, or horseless carriages, created havoc on city streets try- ing to mix with horse drawn carriages. The red flag law banned the first motorized vehicles from using the road unless a man carrying a red flag walkedinfrontofthecarwarningcarriagedriverstoholdthereinsoftheir animals. Drivers celebrated the freedom provided by the red flag law re- pealbyjumpingintotheirautomobilesanddriving“flagless”toBrighton. The Commemorative Run was born. Today, the London to Brighton Run is still held the first Sunday in November often in blustery weather commemorating this special day in English history. The Run annually draws over 400 cars from around the world and an estimated 2 million spectatorstowatchtherunningofthe57-miletrekbetweenthecities. About the American New London to New Brighton Antique CarRun The American Version: The New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run is a 120-mile Tour of the Minnesota countryside. Unlike the English event run through the crowded streets of the big city, this Minnesota Run starts in the small rural community of New London and takes par- ticipants past sumptuous fields and quaint farm houses as it winds its way into the suburban city of New Brighton. Along the way, drivers and passengers are treated to a smorgasbord of home-style hospitality sec- ond to none. The Run travels through 5 communities where volunteers roll out the red carpets. Food, friendship and fun are everywhere. With the quaint towns, local events, costumed drivers and gleaming vintage cares, this unique event guarantees “turn of the century” charm for at leastoneday! Why we do it: The tour is designed to demonstrate the endurance of theseveterancars.Driverstaketheirtimetravelinganaverageof20mph and stop along the way to help other “tweak” their engines and make repairs. The goal is for everyone to cross the finish line. Drivers have a required stop in Buffalo, the 75-mile point, and cannot leave there until 1:00 pm. They cannot cross the finish line until 3:00 pm to qualify for the finisher’smedallion. Entry fees for the New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run: 1. Registration: Open for Registration - capped at 60 vehicles with teams of 2 (driver and co- driver teams) 2. Location: New London to new Brighton, MN  3. Cost: $300 Contact Information: Antique Car Run, Inc. 803 Old Hwy 8 NW New Brighton, MN 55112 Mike Maloney (612) 816-6880 Richard Darling (763) 574 -0849 ford06darling@usfamily.net www.antiquecarrun.org C l u b A f f i l i at e T o u r s Class of Cars Accepted: All vehicles from 1908 or earlier, or any 1 or 2 cylinder vehicles up to 1915 New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run New_London_To_New_Brighton.indd 38 12/21/17 11:46 PM