As tradition dictates, at day break on the first Sunday in November, more than 400 remarkable horseless carriages dating back to the dawn of motoring will set out from Hyde Park on their annual pilgrimage to Brighton on the Sussex coast. And they will be pootering along a street near you.
The organisers of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run have confirmed that they will continue with the innovation introduced last year of a split route through south London, with the cars travelling down the A23 through to Streatham, Norbury and Thornton Heath, while their tenders and support vehicles take a slightly different route.
The two routes merge together at the Lombard Roundabout and heads on southwards down the A236, Roman Way, past Croydon Old Town, to South Croydon, then the A235 into Purley to Coulsdon and on to the south coast.
The run is made up exclusively of vehicles dating from 1905 or earlier, and provides a magnificent and free spectacle on Croydon’s doorstep on a crisp autumn morning.
Cars usually pass through Croydon between 7.15am and 11am on their way from capital to coast, and the organisers have updated their website to assist participants and spectators.
Miles Wade, the club secretary of the Royal Automobile Club, said: “To this day, the Run remains the Club’s flagship event, drawing in a truly international following every year.
“We always seek to provide the best experience possible for our participants and followers. The Run has a phenomenal heritage and, as its custodians, it’s important that we work to ensure that the Run is easy to access for our participants and all those who choose to follow this extraordinary event.”
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