• Short Summary

    The annual London to Brighton veteran car run ended in the British seaside resort of Brighton on Sunday (2 November) with 237 of the 255 starters spluttering and clanking their way there within the specified time.

  • Description

    The annual London to Brighton veteran car run ended in the British seaside resort of Brighton on Sunday (2 November) with 237 of the 255 starters spluttering and clanking their way there within the specified time.

    The cars left London's Hyde Park at one minute intervals in the morning and had to cover the 53 miles (85 kilometres) to the resort by 4 p.m. to win a small commemorative plaque.

    The first car to start, a lovingly restored 1893 one-and-a-half horsepower Benz, owned by Bud Cohn, of Los Angeles, California, broke down 12 miles (19 kilometres) from Brighton with valve failure.

    The commemoration London to Brighton run, or as it is affectionately known, "the old crocks race," marks the abolition of an 1895 law that all "horseless carriages" must be preceded by a man waving a red flag.

    Most of this year's entries were from Britain but there were also cars from the United States, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.

    Drivers and passengers dressed in thick leather coats and an assortment of turn-of-the-century clothing to provide a nostalgic backdrop for one of Britain's biggest traditional free shows.

    Each year, new entries are attracted -- cars are wheeled out of motor museums, private collections, and dusty garages.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4Y87OMRH9WAR5J3OEPSNHA1SC
    Media URN:
    VLVA4Y87OMRH9WAR5J3OEPSNHA1SC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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