There was a record entry today (Sunday) for the 74th Annual London to Brighton excursion of veteran cars.
MS PAN, cars assembled at Hyde Park for start
CU Steam Car
SV Starter lowers flag & car away.
GV Cars through Hyde Park.
GV PAN, car over Westminster Bridge.
SV Lord Montague's car passing (2 shots)
GV PAN, another entrant passes (No 91)
GV crowd waiting at Brighton (Pier in background)
GV PAN, first car crosses line.
GV Montague arrives (with Tony Blackburn)
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Background: There was a record entry today (Sunday) for the 74th Annual London to Brighton excursion of veteran cars. Of the 240 antique aristocrats of the road that responded to the fall of the starter's flag, only 25 failed to cover the 50 mile (80 k.m) course.
All the entrants were made between 1895 and 1904, and ranged in horsepower from a mere two horsepower to the comparatively massive 60 horsepower boasted for a 1903 Mercedes.
Despite the advancing years of many o[f the cars, the Royal Automobile Club reports that there is little sign of declining performance, although all cars have up to eight hours to finish the course to qualify for a finisher's plaque.
The first car across the line this year was an eight horsepower 1901 Progress, driven by Mr. M. Davenport. Second was a ten horsepower Mors, also made in 1901. Lord Montague, owner of one of Britain's largest veteran car museums, crossed the line third in line in an 1899 four horsepower Daimler.