LONDON TO BRIGHTON RUN
The convoy of 2,100 Minis taking part in the London to Brighton Run was once again a sight to behold.
A sight to behold as 2,100 Minis head down to Brighton’s Madeira Drive.
Acornerstone of the Mini event calendar, the London to Brighton Run sees Minis of all shapes and sizes leave Crystal Palace in South London and wind down the A23 to regroup at Madeira Drive in Brighton. From a land speed record sofa, driven by TV’s Edd China, to sparkling MkIs.
The London and Surrey Mini Owners Club puts a huge amount of effort into this event and making sure participants have a great time at both the start and end locations.
In Brighton, arrivals were greeted with a wide range of trade stands which came in handy for those who needed replacement parts for their return journey. The Italian Job charity had a good display, including organiser Freddie St George’s white Innocenti.
The show ’n’ shine always attracts a good turnout in Brighton, however this year the overall car of the show spotted from the main run. Kevin Webb is the proud owner of a 1966 Morris, restored in tribute to his dad’s 1960s example.
It was good to see a sizeable international contingent given that the IMM was happening on the same weekend. As always there was a contingent from France, but I think the furthest travelled must have been Darek Bednarz who drove his Rover Cooper from Poland!
The story which captured the spirit of Mini ownership was that of Tom Petts, whose car was almost written off following a run-in with a slippery drain cover. He was ready to give up his ticket, but the Mini community pulled together and the front end was rebuilt in time for the run. Tom made it to Crystal Palace and to Brighton. Taking pride of place on the London and Surrey Mini Owners Club stand, the car was soon covered in notes of congratulations. That’s what owning a Mini is all about!
Parked up on Madeira Drive.
All shapes and sizes were welcome.