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