Lon­don-to-Brighton Run

Gal­lic-themed vet­eran car run of­fers plenty of va­ri­ety – and en­trants are glad that it isn’t rain­ing!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Simis­ter

There were plenty of ob­sta­cles en-route from the cap­i­tal – in­clud­ing a set of road­works that forced a change of course – but that didn’t stop more than 300 of the world’s old­est cars com­plet­ing the 60-mile drive to Brighton.

First to ar­rive was Aus­trian en­trant An­dreas Melkus’ 1902 Oldsmo­bile, but it wasn’t long be­fore other pre1905 cars clat­tered onto the seafront to ap­plause from the hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors, with Julie Evi­son’s 1902 Mors and Al­lan White’s 1902 Dar­racq just a few min­utes be­hind.

In all 315 of the 401 vet­er­ans that set out from Hyde Park made it onto Madeira Drive, in­clud­ing 34 en­trants new to the event. This cel­e­bra­tion of one of Bri­tain’s ear­li­est mo­tor­ing vic­to­ries had a very in­ter­na­tional feel, with en­trants from 23 na­tions – in­clud­ing some who’d shipped cars in from Aus­tralia, Ar­gentina, Hong Kong and the US – tak­ing part. Plenty of this year’s en­tries were also pro­duced by French man­u­fac­tur­ers, the na­tion whose mo­tor­ing her­itage was be­ing com­mem­o­rated on this year’s run.

Sadly, one of the ve­hi­cles tak­ing part this year – a 1902 Benz – was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent at the Reigate Hill sec­tion of the route. Two peo­ple in the Benz were taken to hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries, with two oth­ers treated for mi­nor in­juries. CCW wishes every­one in­volved a speedy re­cov­ery.

’Some shipped cars in from Aus­tralia, Ar­gentina, Hong Kong and the US’

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