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LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN

The vetran car run takes place on the first Sunday of every November and commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896 which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot. The early law required the man on foot to carry a red flag but that requirement was abolished in 1878. This year the event celebrates its 119th anniversary of the very first Run. Today, it represents a rare opportunity for participants to take their extraordinary automobiles on this historic 60-mile journey from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront in the Sussex resort of Brighton. The 500 fine examples of pre-1905 manufactured vehicles that take part in the 60-mile demonstration showcase the pioneering spirit and engineering ability of the early motorist.

The run started in Hyde Park at 6.45am among some thickening fog, this didn't clear until just after 8.30am when the final cars crossed Westminster Bridge, the iconic Big Ben made a dramatic backdrop to the vintage cars on display. Out of the hundreds of cars I saw a couple that had broken down, these were soon fixed by the drivers at the roadside. There were certainly some characters on display in terms of vehicles and participants, the penny farthing was probably the stand out entry from the day.
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