|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