On Epsom Downs, on the outskirts of London today (Sunday) the clock was turned back half a century when nearly 250 veteran motor cycles gathered for their annual run to the seaside of Brighton.
LV Vintage motor cycling gathering at start
CU 1903 Lloyd
SCU No. 41: 1908 450cc Rex Cycle
SV No.44: 1909 Triumph 499cc wheeled to start
SV Motor cyclist
CU Bowler hated lady
SCU No. 35: 1902 Humber 375cc up to start
SV Humber starts
Travelling shot on road No. 54: 1909 Minerva with side-car
SLV No. 65L 1913 Royal Enfield with side car - stops on hill and has to be pushed
SV Cycles round bond SPEED UP IN CAMERA
LV Driver dismounts from No. 69 - a 1913 Rudge Multi and pushes
LV Driver pedalling 1902 Kumber
SV No. 116: 1914 Triumph along road
SV No 102: 1913 Rudge being push started
SV No. 87: 1914 Brown Precision along road
LV Sea at Brighton pan to No. 100: 1911 Bradbury crossing the finishing line followed by No. 40:1914 Daton
LV No. 120:1910-champion crosses finishing line.
SPORT: MOTORCYCLE RACING
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Background: On Epsom Downs, on the outskirts of London today (Sunday) the clock was turned back half a century when nearly 250 veteran motor cycles gathered for their annual run to the seaside of Brighton.
The motor cycles, all built before 1915, faced some of the wettest weather conditions ever experienced on the run. As one competitor put it: "It's hard enough to keep them going anyway let alone in these conditions."
Many of the oldest motor cycles had water-cooled engines, their owners too, were soon water-cooled.
The run to the coast in neither a race nor a competition, but a procession of historic motor cycles, side-cars, and tri-cars. Those that manage to complete the hilly 44 mile run are awarded with a bronze plaque.
Despite today's bad condition most of the entries arrived in Brighton, and for those that didn't there was a special rescue service provided.