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VIEWING OF THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN
Moto Services, A23 Crawley - Sunday 2 November 2008


A dull, damp morning greeted members from Central Southern, Surrey, South Eastern and other Sections who turned up at Moto Services just off the A23 at Crawley to provide a display of about fifteen Club cars for the public and to view the London to Brighton veteran car run. Our event was graced by the presence of three RREC Chairmen, being Club Chairman Suzanne Finch and her husband Nicholas, Clifton and Isabel Spencer from South Eastern along with Tony Leach of Central Southern.

This run, now in its 112th 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.

The many spectators along the route provided 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.

An enjoyable day celebrating a great event and one we plan to repeat again next year with, I hope, sunnier and drier weather conditions.

Our thanks go to Duty Manager, Yogi, and his team at MOTO Services for once again reserving our usual parking area.

Simon Buck - Section Committee Member


London to Brighton Run 1   London to Brighton Run 2
London to Brighton Run 3   London to Brighton Run 4
Photos: Andrew Honour