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London to Brighton

Sunday 7 November, saw the 125th running of the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car run organised by The Royal Automobile Club. Paying tribute to those adventurous rebels of 1896 who decided to celebrate the passing of law of light locomotives allowed onto the Highway without a red flag waver!

The sun shone, and the route was lined with enthusiasts celebrating and cheering on the cavalcade as it made it’s way slowly to Brighton, as ever there were a number of hill refusals, and some towing, and lots of whirring and chattering as pistons slapped and engines knocked, huffing and puffing over the south downs.

A huge 320 pre-1905 vehicles took part in the event, many in long term ownership, or museum exhibits or purchased just for this annual event. Of course the true heroes of the day were the cyclists, 60 miles riding a Penny Farthing up and down dale, main roads, and traffic jams. An incredible feat.

We were lucky enough to get a ride along on the stunning blue 1905 RM Sotheby’s Cadillac (above) which will feature in Volume 9 of Auto Addicts Journal, in the meantime here are some photos from Peter de Roussett-Hall of the start in Hyde Park.

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