Old English Car Club's Vancouver branch to hold rally commemorating lifting of U.K. speed limit

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Keep an eye out for a long line of British classic cars on Sunday morning as they make their way from Delta to Langley to commemorate the lifting of the U.K. speed limit in 1896.

The Old English Car Club’s Vancouver Coast Branch has been holding these rallies since 1996, inspired by the original London to Brighton Veteran Car Run that is the world’s longest running motoring event — marking the Nov. 14, 1896 legislation that raised the speed limit from four miles an hour (about six km/h) to 14 miles an hour (about 22 km/h).

In the U.K., entrant’s vehicles must have been built before 1905, making it the largest gathering of veteran cars in the country.

No such rule applies to the B.C. run, but there will be an array of classic MG’s, Land Rovers, Rovers, Aston Martins, Minis, Rolls-Royces and so on to behold.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Delta Heritage Air Park and ends at the Langley airport.

The rally comes as organizers of classic car shows in Metro Vancouver struggle to find or retain venues on public land.

According to a article by Alyn Edwards published in The Vancouver Sun, organizers of the Early Ford V8 Club cancelled their August 2022 show two weeks prior due to onerous and unexpected conditions put upon them by the City of Abbotsford. The group had held the show at Hougen Park since 1983 and attracted up to 700 vehicles.

Earlier in 2022, vehicle owners from the Van Dusen Gardens All British Field Meet were told they were no longer welcome in Whistler — the traditional end point for the post-show rally — because the municipality had adopted a policy barring car shows and rallies involving carbon-burning from their facilities.

Other car shows that lost space in 2022 were the Falcon Fairlane Comet Club (which moved from the Langley Events Centre to Brookswood Secondary School) and the Langley Good Times Cruise-In that moved from the City of Langley after being asked to cover policing costs for the first time.

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