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Gatwick partnership brings popular Veteran Car Run to Crawley High Street

More than 400 veteran cars are expected to take part in total, with 114 international entries.



Veteran Car Run on Crawley High Street last year (2017).

Gatwick’s partnership with the Bonham’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – supported by Hiscox – brings the event to Crawley High Street for the third year in a row and will help support town centre businesses by encouraging thousands of residents and visitors to attend.

The Veteran Car Run will see around 400 veteran cars make the journey down to the south coast and Gatwick will be providing spectators in Crawley High Street with a rare opportunity to have their photograph taken behind the wheel of a static veteran car.

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Visitors to the event this Sunday 4 November will also receive vouchers for free tea and coffee.  Drivers of the veteran cars will also be offered travel sweets and Gatwick branded seat cushions as they pass by the airport’s stand.

Crawley residents play a vital role keeping the airport open and running 24 hours a day with around a third of the 24,000 workforce on the airport living in and around the town.

Gatwick also plays an important role supporting the local economy and provides a £2.7 billion contribution to regional GDP and supports around 40,000 jobs across the region.

Proposals set out recently in Gatwick’s draft master plan would not only protect these existing jobs, but could also potentially generate a further 8,000 on-airport jobs and £2 billion of economic benefit.

The event is taking place on Sunday (4 November) with the first cars due to arrive in Crawley High Street at around 8.15am and the last car leaving around 1.45pm.

 Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Melanie Wrightson, said:

 “We are proud to once again be partnering with the Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox, in what is sure to be another exciting event for everyone participating and spectating.

 “Our sponsorship is part of Gatwick’s community engagement programme which allows us to share some of the benefits the airport generates with our local communities.  Our new draft master plan has some exciting proposals to grow the airport so that we can continue offering these benefits, and 20,000 new jobs, to local communities for generations to come.”

 Miles Wade, Chairman of the Veteran Car Run Steering Group Committee commented:

 We are delighted that London Gatwick is joining us for the third year running, they really bring the spectator and participant experiences alive at Crawley High Street.

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NO WAY! A FREE Christmas break abroad AND still save money on your shopping?

In what is fantastic (and perhaps rather surprising) news, it’s been discovered that Christmas shoppers can enjoy a night away in one of Europe’s most popular winter destinations – effectively for free – and still save money on their festive purchases, even after the cost of their flight and accommodation has been deducted.



How’s that possible? Well, with tax-free prices available in most Gatwick stores – and return flights to Dublin, for example, available from as little as £33 – shoppers can make significant savings when they buy and fly, compared with getting their gifts on the high street or online where tax is added to most products.

Plus, many of Gatwick’s retailers – including Reiss, Dune, Fat Face and Superdry – are now allowing customers to buy products from their entire online collections in-store at the airport and still receive the airport discount off their items!

This means that passengers can identify the products they’d like to buy before travelling to the airport, and order them in-store – at the tax-free equivalent price – once they’re in Gatwick’s departure lounge awaiting their flight. They can then have the products delivered directly to their home, or have them waiting at Gatwick for when they get back from their trip.

Buying and flying is, therefore, one of the smartest ways to save money during the notoriously expensive Christmas shopping season.

Take a look at this example that highlights the big savings that passengers can make on their festive finances if they choose to buy and fly this Christmas.

Gatwick to Dublin with Ryanair (South Terminal) – £33.98 return
Wed 5th December: LGW 09:40 – 11:05 DUB
Thu 6th December: DUB 16:55 – 18:20 LGW

You save £158.98 when buying the following five products at Gatwick, rather than on the high street or online.
After the cost of your flights (£33.98) and one night’s accommodation in Dublin (estimated at £50) is deducted, your final saving is £75.

Total: £158.98
– minus flights – £33.98
– minus accommodation – £50

Final: £75



  • Gia Leather Biker Jacket – Apricot (Women’s)
  • High Street: £375 | Gatwick: £312.50
  • Saving: £62.50

Ted Baker

  • Sandra Midi Wool Wrap Coat – Camel (Women’s)
  • High Street: £329 | Gatwick: £274.17
  • Saving: £54.83


  • Hero Leather Racer Jacket – Black (Men’s)
  • High Street: £199.99 | Gatwick: £166.66
  • Saving: £33.33

Jack Wills

  • ‘One’ Fragrance – 50ml (Men’s)
  • High Street: £34.95 | Gatwick: £29.13
  • Saving: £5.82

Skinny Dip

  • Dancing Mickey Phone Case
  • High Street: £15 | Gatwick: £12.50
  • Saving: £2.50

Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, Gatwick Airport said:

“It’s exciting for Gatwick Airport and our retailers to be able to offer great savings on gifts compared with the high street, at what is the busiest time of the year for shoppers. By ticking everything off the Christmas list at Gatwick, shoppers can not only enjoy a trip away but also make savings on their festive finances even after the cost of their minibreak has been factored in.

“A number of our retailers are also now combining the ease of online shopping with big airport discounts, making buying and flying an even smarter choice this winter.”

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