On the 6th November, the most eccentric, extraordinary and uniquely ‘English’ car race in history starts quick off the mark at Hyde Park Corner and winds its way through our beautiful county to Brighton.
The event bring together over 500 owners (even Royals have taken part in the past) of pre 1905 automobiles from as far afield as New Zealand and America to provide the spectators in London and Sussex with an experience unlike any other!
The cars all gather to celebrate the 1896 ‘Locomotives on the Highway Act’ elevating the existing speed restrictions for ‘light locomotives’ (early automobiles) from 4mph to a heart stopping 14 mph! They maintain a slightly sprightlier 20 mph on the trip down to Brighton, leaving London in convoy between the sunrise and 8.30am, puttering along in pairs so onlookers are treated to an ongoing spectacle of living history throughout the day. The route winds through the hills and dales of Sussex taking a short break in the historic town of Crawley where onlookers can encounter these beautiful cars close up and converse with the drivers. They then progress along the B2115/B2114, then onto B2036 and the A273 to Brighton seafront.
Spectating is free all along the course, bringing alive the countless inns and pubs of Sussex many of whom are hosting Classic Car gatherings. The event is sure to provide hours of entertainment as well as an educational experience for all the family.