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LONDON TO BrightON VETERAN CAR RUN, MOTO SERVICES, CRAWLEY
Sunday 4 November 2007

A beautiful, crisp, sunny morning greeted members from Central Southern 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.

The owners of our Club cars included Derek Lord from the Isle of Wight with his newly acquired Bentley S2 and David Howard from East Midlands Section who had travelled all the way from Derby that morning to join us.

The London to Brighton veteran car run, now in its 111th year, and said to be the world's longest running motoring event, only consists of motor cars built before 1905 with this year a special emphasis on American manufacturing. 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.

The weather this year was perfect with the many spectators enjoying the sunshine whilst providing encouragement to the drivers (and participants) 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 also 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


Display of members' motor cars.
Derek Lord's Bentley S2 and Chess Ferrier's Silver Ghost - part of the display of Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club members' motor cars.
1900 Gardner-Serpollet   1903 Humberette   1902 De Dion Bouton   1903 Renault
1900 Gardner-Serpollet (steam).   1903 Humberette two-seater.   1902 De Dion Bouton tonneau.   Alan Maddows' 1903 Renault.
1904 Sunbeam   1902 Westfield   1902 Delahaye
Peter Lester's 1904 Sunbeam tonneau.   Paul Noon's 1902 Westfield tonneau.   Barry Timms' 1902 Delahaye tonneau.
1903 Gladiator   1904 Thornycroft   1900 Daimler
John Kennedy's 1903 Gladiator.   1904 Thornycroft tonneau.   1900 Daimler wagonette.
1899 Delahaye   1903 Peerless
1899 Delahaye tonneau ahead of 1902 Panhard et Levassor.   Malcolm Barber's 1903 Peerless in front of 1903 De Dietrich.
Photos: Ian Burt