London to Brighton Classic Car Run returns to the South Coast

CLASSIC cars from all over history have taken to the seafront for the return of the London to Brighton Classic Car Run.

The vehicles traveled from the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, the birthplace of British motorsport, to Madeira Drive on the coast to be greeted by throngs of car enthusiasts and curious onlookers.

Mike Brewer, star of the Wheeler Dealers TV show, greeted those completing the course as they crossed the finish line.

Wheeler Dealers star Mike Brewer greeted the drivers as they crossed the finish line at Madeira Drive

He said: “It was nice to be in Brighton – the weather is on our side, the cars are amazing.

“It’s always been a special event in the calendar, this year more than ever – people are desperate to get out after two years of lockdown and enjoy their classic cars and the stunning British scenery once again.

“Days like these are what cars are made for and why we need to keep the classics on the road.”

Mike said the journey for nearly all of the participating cars was smooth except for one minor breakdown – which saw other participants rally to help the driver in distress.

Cars over 40 years old were eligible to enter this year’s rally, with the oldest car in last year’s event dating from the 1920s.

The Argus: Nathan Johnson and Zoe CooperNathan Johnson and Zoe Cooper

Nathan Johnson and Zoe Cooper from Chertsey drove the course for the first time this year in a 1934 Bentley and have already committed to returning for next year’s event.

Nathan said: “It was fantastic, a great experience and a great event.

“Everyone has been very friendly and everyone loves seeing these classic cars on a sunny day.

“We’re going to do it again, 100 per cent.”

The Classic Car Run has been taking place since 1988, giving owners of vintage and classic vehicles a chance to show off their cars and complete a self-guided scenic tour of the South Coast.

Kits and sports cars, as well as modern classic cars, also completed the journey to Brighton.

Spectators lined the roads along the route as cars passed, passing through the villages of Plaistow, Upper Beeding and Edburton en route to Brighton.

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