The world’s largest gathering of Veteran cars on the London to Brighton VCR celebrated the dawn of motoring in style. Here are some great images from the day
The unwavering popularity of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run was once again demonstrated for the 2015 event, as more than 380 pre-1905 cars set off on the 60-mile run.
Starting out at Hyde Park for the 119th Anniversary run, the trip ran through the centre of London as usual, before heading down to the Sussex coastline. Regular participants enjoyed the unusually mild November weather, with the sun burning off the early morning mist quickly.
Passing the finish line on Madeira Drive just after 10.00am, it was the 1903 Berliet driven by John Bentley that arrived first, just ahead of the 1904 Fiat of Dutchman Jan Bruijn. A number of big names were in attendance, including Jochen Mass, Ross Brawn, Nick Mason all entering into the spirit of early motoring.
A total of 342 cars completed the journey before the 4.30pm cut-off, making this one of the most successful ever Veteran Car Runs ever.
Future Top Gear front man and Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans was also taking part in the event for the first time, commenting: ‘That was without doubt the best car experience I have ever done. I had absolutely no idea it was such a fantastic event – so wonderfully, wonderfully joyous. It’s like the London Marathon, with so many smiling faces, often ten deep on the roadside cheering you on all the way to Brighton.”
Here are some of the great images from the event:
1901 Teledo steam carriage driven by James GregoryNo London to Brighton Veteran Car Run would be complete without some mechanical trouble, and ingenious solutions!1904 De Dion Buton driven Roland Duce, mixing it with the local trafficSteam-powered car, one of the oldest on the event, leaving Hyde Park
1900 New Orleans driven by Douglas Pope makes its way through SussexFans wait by the side of the road all the way along the route to cheer and wave at the cars en route to BrightonStunning weather at the finish on Brighton seafront