Drivers complete the London to Brighton car run despite wet weather

Hundreds of drivers braved the treacherous conditions to head to the south coast for this year’s Veteran Car Run.

Despite the wet and windy weather, car enthusiasts put on a brave face to greet more than 350 vintage cars, their drivers and passengers as they crossed the finish line on Brighton’s Madeira Drive.

Some even dressed in period costume to complete the 60-mile journey from London’s Hyde Park to the sea, while others donned waterproof jackets as more rain hit the south coast.

Cars set off from the capital at around 6.45am, with the first vehicles crossing the finish line at around 10am, having passed through the Sussex villages of Handcross, Staplefield and Cuckfield and traversing the scenic but challenging South Downs.

The Argus: Riders battled heavy rain to complete the 60-mile journey to Brighton seafrontThe riders battled heavy rain to complete the 60-mile drive to Brighton seafront

Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club – the organization which has curated the event since 1930 – said: “There is nothing that can match the long history and unique character of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – it is an exceptional and uniquely impressive race showcase celebrating the early days of motoring.

“To be part of this wonderful cavalcade that drives en masse from the capital to the coast is an incredibly special privilege.”

TV personality Alan Titchmarsh, classic car guru Paul Cowland and former Formula 1 driver Max Chilton were among those attending today’s event, where the oldest vehicle dates back to 1892.

The Auto Run is the longest running motorsport event in the world, the first dating back to November 1896. The event was first held to celebrate the day the Locomotives on the Highway Act went into effect, raising the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from just 6 km/h to 22 km/h. The Act nailed it also the need for vehicles to be preceded by a man carrying a red flag.

At the first event, then known as the “Emancipation Run”, 30 cars completed the drive. Drivers complete the London to Brighton car run despite wet weather

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