Just under 400 vehicles turned up for the start of this year’s London to Brighton Classic, Kit and Sports Car Run, at Brooklands Museum on 4th June – its biggest entry list to date.
Cars ranged from the 1925 Ford Model T to a 2015 Gardner Douglas Mk4, with every make and model in between crossing the start line.
“Places have been in constant demand since we launched the 2017 run last year and we managed to squeeze an additional 20 places due to demand,” said Stephen Smith, Events Director at GE Classic Motor Events.
“Amberley Museum was stopping point for the classic run and they coped well with the day and drafted in extra marshals to cope with this year’s increased numbers.”
Many new faces enjoying their self-guided tulip style route book that saw them journey to Brighton’s Madeira Place via the Rural Life Centre.
Stephen added: “We were overwhelmed by the positive comments from entrants and their beaming smiles as they arrived in Brighton to be greeted by Keith Barry, our resident commentator. We’ve already received a record number of bookings for our 2018 outing.”
All entrants were treated to a free ice cream cone on Brighton seafront courtesy of new run sponsors Lancaster Insurance prior to the award ceremony taking place.
The ‘Going the Distance’ award went to Chris Chambers, and navigator Mel Lewis, who shipped his 1929 Austin 7 Tourer from his home in New Zealand to take part in the London to Brighton run.
There were special awards for those who had dressed accordingly with ‘Best Fancy Dress’ going to the Smith and Sicling family who enter each year in memory of Alan Smith, who was a regular participant in his Triumph Stag. ‘Best Period Dress’ was awarded to Mr and Mrs Maruda in their 1955 Austin A50, owned by them since 1968 and now fully restored.
The Classic Run will be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in 2018 and will start from Greenwich Park alongside the 18th London to Brighton Kit & Sports Car Run.