Vabis 1903 completes the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018
Over the last three years, car restoring enthusiasts Aros Motorveteraner, based in Västerås, Sweden, have worked hard to restore a Vabis 1903. This weekend, they achieved their main goal, completing the Bonhams Veteran Car Run.
The 60 mile route started in Hyde Park, London at 6.59am and finished in Brighton at 4.30pm on Sunday 4 November.
Founded in the industrial city of Södertelge - now known as Södertälje - and owned by Surahammars Bruk AB, the Vabis company was established in 1891 originally to build railway carriages.
This unique Swedish vehicle is a VABIS automobile manufactured in 1903 by Vagnfabriks-Aktiebolaget i Södertelge, Sweden.
It branched out into other emerging markets including trucks, marine engines and cars before merging with Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania in 1911 to form Scania-Vabis, which then became Scania.
As well as a pivotal building block in Scania’s history, the Vabis that completed the run is the fourth made – and currently the earliest working vehicle designed by Gustaf Erikson, widely regarded as ‘the father of the Swedish automobile industry’.
Bo Söderberg, one of the Aros Motorveteraner members, said: “When we first got the car, it wasn’t working so we’ve worked very hard to make it functional. It was always our aim to bring the vehicle to take part in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run as it is an extremely prestigious event and I’m very proud that we have done it. A big thank to Surahammars Bruk, Scania and the Swedish Embassy who kindly have supported the event and the Surahammar Community, who has supported the restoration which helped us make this a reality.”
On Saturday 3 November, the Vabis 1903 was displayed at the Regent Street Motor Show, the country’s biggest free-to-view motor show and used as the curtain-raiser to the London to Brighton Run. The Vabis was awarded the Judges’ Overseas award at the Concours d’Elegance awards ceremony, presented by well-known gardener and television broadcaster, Alan Titchmarsh.
For more information on the event, visit: www.veterancarrun.com