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VIEWING OF LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN
Oak Barn Restaurant, Burgess Hill - Sunday 7 November 2010

This year the viewing of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run was from a new venue - The Oak Barn Restaurant near Burgess Hill. This 250 year old barn has been sympathetically restored from a derelict building into a charming restaurant and bar area featuring old wooden beams some of which were salvaged from ships that plied the seas in Nelson's day.

Due to the restaurant opening early for us, some members were able to enjoy morning coffee in comfortable armchairs in front of a roaring fire.

The large car park provided an excellent vantage point from which the sixty or so members, who had brought thirty Club cars, were able to enjoy a ringside viewing of the assorted veteran cars that chuffed their way merrily past on this fine, dry autumnal day (a welcome far cry from last year's monsoon conditions).

Spotted amongst the various costumed drivers of the veteran cars were Section members Sue Norwood, Mark Tidy, Geoffrey Allo and Bill Bradford - such brave souls on this arduous journey from London to Brighton.

After a couple of hours viewing, we all entered the restaurant and enjoyed a delicious two course roast lunch with coffee, served by the friendly manager and staff, before departing for home.

Out of the 505 veteran cars that departed Hyde Park in the morning at least 433 arrived in Brighton - well done to all of them.

We hope to return to the venue again next year to repeat the enjoyable day had this year.

Simon Buck - Section Committee Member


Members watch as the cars go past   1898 Panhard and Levassor
Members watch as the cars go past.   1898 Panhard and Levassor leads some of the cars.
Members chat
Members chat whilst a veteran car goes by.
Veteran cars pass close by   1904 Barracq   1900 Daimler
The veteran cars pass close by the restaurant.   1904 Barracq.   1900 Daimler.
Inside the restaurant   1903 Clement Talbot
Inside the restaurant.   1903 Clement Talbot.
1902 Gladiator   A veteran car outside the Old Barn
Geoff Allo in a 1902 Gladiator.   A veteran car takes a rest amongst our Club cars.
Photos: Andrew Honour