Crawley Welcomes The London To Brighton Veteran Car Run

A driver and his passengers wave as they travel through Crawley, West Sussex, England in a pre-1905 vehicle during the London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. Photo © Scott Ramsey / Nothhelm.com

A driver and his passengers wave as they travel through Crawley, West Sussex, England in a pre-1905 vehicle during the London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. Photo © Scott Ramsey / Nothhelm.com

Hundreds of car enthusiasts and spectators lined the High Street in Crawley, West Sussex on Saturday 5th Nov 2017 to welcome the London To Brighton Veteran Car Run as it passed through the town. The Worlds Longest Running Motoring event, the first Run was held more than 120 years ago. This popular annual event attracts entrants from across the globe and commemorates the 1896 Emancipation Run, a motoring event that celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act. This Act raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the need for a man to walk in front of vehicles, waving a red flag and warning people. 

A 1904 Cadillac veteran car parked in Crawley, West Sussex, during the Bonhams London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. Photo © Scott Ramsey / Nothhelm.com

This year over 400 veteran cars, all pre-1905, set off from Hyde Park in London and travelled South along the public roads to the finish line in Brighton, East Sussex. Each year in Crawley, a town along the route, a checkpoint is set up to record each vehicles time and has become a favourite spot for spectators to see the cars and indulge in some celebrity spotting. This year, after being asked to symbolically destroy a Red Flag at the start of the race in London, Damon Hill (a British former racing driver) and Charley Boorman (TV presenter & travel writer) shared a car and attempted the 60-mile run. Keen motoring fan Chris Evans (Radio & TV Presenter) joined Alex Jones (TV Presenter  - The One Show) Carol Kirkwood (BBC Weather Presenter), and Louise Minchin (BBC Breakfast News Presenter) also took part and drove vintage buses on the run in aid of Children In Need. Watch our Facebook Live videos below to hear interviews from some of the entrants, and if you look carefully you just might spot some of the celebs too!

 

Photo Gallery - The London To Brighton Veteran Car Run Arrives In Crawley, West Sussex.

 

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