Veteran cars return to Brighton while futuristic rally heads off in the opposite direction

Posted On 07 Nov 2010 at 4:55 pm

More than 500 drivers have taken part in the annual RAC London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

The first cars – all made before 1905 – set off from Hyde Park Corner in London at about 7am today.

They began arriving in Brighton mid morning, ending up in Madeira Drive.

The weather held, with drivers and their passengers enjoying a dry day if rather cold.

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The rally was first held in 1896 when it was called the Emancipation Run.

Those taking part were celebrating a change in the law known as the Locomotives on the Highway Act.

The Act raised the speed limit for “light locomotives” from 4mph to 14mph.

It also ended the requirement for someone on foot to walk in front of a car and wave a red flag.

A re-enactment of the run took place but not until 1927. From then on the event was held every year except during the Second World War.

In a twist on tradition, yesterday more than 60 cars of the future took part in a similar rally but in the opposite direction – from Brighton to London.

The aim of those driving the 60-mile route from Madeira Drive to Pall Mall was to use the least amount of energy possible.

They drove electric, hybrid and low-emission cars, vans and motorcycles in the inaugural RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge.

A Volkswagen Blue Motion Golf won the prize for Best Overall Entry.

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