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LONDON TO BrightON VETERAN CAR RUN
Moto Services, Crawley - Sunday 5 November 2006

A beautiful, crisp, sunny morning greeted members from Central Southern and South Eastern Sections who turned up at Moto Services just off the A23 at Crawley to provide a much admired display of almost forty Club cars for the public and to view the London to Brighton veteran car run.

This run, now in its 110th year, and said to be the world's longest running motoring event, only consists of motor cars built before 1905. It is traditionally a re-enactment of the Emancipation Run of 1896 that in turn celebrated the abolition of the law that required motorists to be preceded by a man on foot carrying a Red Flag.

Over 500 cars take part in the sixty mile route between Hyde Park in London and Brighton, with many coming from Europe or further afield - the oldest car having a top speed of only 10mph and the fastest a speed of 60mph. Many of the drivers and passengers also dress in period costume or clothing that is both practical and sufficient to keep out the elements.

After a total wash-out last year, the weather this year was perfect with the many spectators enjoying the sunshine whilst providing encouragement to the drivers of the array of fantastic machines from such makes as Cadillac, White, Ford, Peugeot, Benz, Oldsmobile, De Dion Bouton, Humberette and many others. Numerous other classic car owners brought out their pride and joy and joined the stream of cars as they made their way to the seafront at Brighton.

A superb day celebrating a great event and one we shall repeat again next year with, I hope, the same weather conditions perhaps.

Andrew Honour - Section Treasurer


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