There are a handful of truly once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimages that all classic car fans need to make at some point, and without question one of them is a visit to the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
This year 505 classic cars were entered, the first time that as many as 500 cars graced the starting line since 1998. A 1896 Salveson Steamer that is owned by collector John Brydon was afforded the honor of being the first car to take off for Brighton, which is 60 miles from the Hyde Park launching point. 433 of the 505 cars that started were able to finish the route, and this is a rather impressive percentage considering the fact that the “newest” car in the field was 116 years old and the baby of the group was 105.
“Once again the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has been an event that the UK can be very proud of and the sunshine certainly helped attract large crowds along the entire 60-mile route today. We received 572 entries, the highest number for 14 years, and 505 of these took the start in Hyde Park – again a new record for recent events. We once again increased the number of international entries with 142 overseas participants who travelled from all over the world, including China, Australia, Argentina, United States, Canada and Europe. On behalf of The Royal Automobile Club our thanks go to the over 400 volunteer marshals, supporting police officers, council staff and other agencies who make today’s event possible,” said Roger Etchell, who is the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run event director.
A lot of us have a trip across the drink on our to-do list, and for classic car fans, you couldn’t find a better reason to finally take action than to take in the Brighton Veteran Car Run when it rolls around again in 2011.
Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer