Gloomy weather with a feather of heavy rain failed to deter many of the "open" veteran cars today (Sunday) in the annual run from London to Brighton....
Cars starting from Hyde Park; various shots of cars on road to Brighton; cars arriving at Brighton.
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Background: Gloomy weather with a feather of heavy rain failed to deter many of the "open" veteran cars today (Sunday) in the annual run from London to Brighton....the "old crocks race".
More than 280 veterans entered for this year's run - again organised by the Royal Automobile Club - but because of police limitations only 250 started.
The oldest car setting out from London's Hyde Park today was an 1894 Benz, one of the 34 cars in the event built before the turn of the century.
The annual saga of the veterans commemorates the motoring pioneers of 1896 who chose the London to Brighton road as the route for their "emancipation run". The pioneers took the road, famous since the days of the stagecoach, to rid the motor car driver of those days from the man who walked in front carrying a red flag - a warning to horses of the horseless carriage.
Entrants this year came from Holland, Belgium, Denmark, West Germany, the United States and Czechoslovakia - but mostly from Britain.
The first car to arrive in Brighton after only two and a half hours was a French Panhard-Levassor. The driver's comment: "It was too cold to stop". He was followed by a Darracq and a Mercedes.