A rare Emancipation Run photograph, 1896
A rare Emancipation Run photograph, 1896,
sepia tone 6 x 8 depicting three Panhard et Levassor vehicles, taken at the White Hart in Reigate on Tuesday 17 November 1896 as the participants of the original London to Brighton run stopped for lunch on their way back from Brighton. The two cars shown had come first and second in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race in 1895, the lead car Harry Lawson's "Old Number 5" was the pilot car for the run, driven by Otto Meyer accompanied by Roger Wallace QC (soon to become the chairman of the Automobile Club of Great Britain, when founded in 1897). The second car driven by Merkel with two passengers, one of whom is thought to be the Earl of Winchelsea (who symbolically tore up the red flag prior to the Emancipation Run), on the right, partially obscured, is a Harrods delivery van, driven by E Hankinson, the photograph with some loss and wear, mounted, framed and glazed.