A very special painting has been commissioned by the Royal Automobile Club, the power behind the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (7 November), to commemorate the milestone 125th anniversary of the very first Emancipation Run staged by pioneering motorists in 1896.
Painted by renowned motoring artist Tim Layzell, the striking canvas features a resplendent veteran car crossing Westminster Bridge en route to the Sussex coast with the famous clock tower of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster in the background.
Layzell has carried out a number of previous commissions for the Club including paintings of British motor racing legends Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart and James Hunt. Layzell has several distinctive artistic techniques and for the 125th anniversary painting he has opted for what he describes as his ‘poster art’ style. For clarity it is painted in block colours and pares down detail in the foreground while still retaining some definition on the surrounding buildings and characters.