Veteran cars detour through Surrey Street in the rain

Grim November morning conditions and another 50 miles to go to Brighton would not have cheered these veteran car enthusiasts in Croydon this morning

Grim-faced drivers battled through heavy rain in Croydon this morning on the 2012 staging of the RAC’s London to Brighton veteran car run.

As part of the Portas project to promote the heritage of Surrey Street, cars were diverted via the market street this year. For many of the older cars, where gearing is little more than rudimentary and the old engines gasp at the slightest effort, this would have added an unwanted additional incline to the route.

As ever, some of the cars, many of them a century old, needed a helping hand.

Further drama was added in the High Street as an air ambulance was summoned for an accident by the flyover, though off the course of the veteran car run.

Kenneth More, Larry Adler and Genevieve this is not. Does it look like fun to you?

Early customers at the Surrey Cricketers had a diversion pass their door this morning

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One Response to Veteran cars detour through Surrey Street in the rain

  1. I can recall when me and my mates used to follow them down to Brighton on our push bikes (and cycle back of course), but that was in the 1950’s. Happy days.

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