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Croydon set to welcome the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

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THE London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will pass through Croydon this Sunday.

A parade of vintage vehicles will make their way down Southbridge Road, Croydon, at around 8am, before travelling down the Brighton Road through Purley and into Coulsdon.

The route later takes in Merstham, Redhill, Horley and Crawley, before it makes its way to the south coast.

This year, for only the second time in more than half a century, the veteran cars will start the 60-mile adventure from London to Brighton by driving down The Mall, London's "Red Carpet Drive".

Although a regular part of the route in earlier years, The Mall has only been used once since 1962 – that was in 1996 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original Emancipation Run.

Come rain or shine, the first cars will set off at sunrise on Sunday – 6:56am.

The oldest car on the event is a c.1888 Truchutet, a 4hp open tonneau and entries include steam-powered cars, electric cars and three-wheelers as well as petrol-powered four-wheelers.

As ever, Croydon petrolheads will get a glimpse of the cars though, as the Advertiser reported last week, the route will not this year take in its traditional stop at Kinghams car garage.

Instead, it will travel down Southbridge Road and into Brighton Road, missing the newly-refurbished South End.

Croydon set to welcome the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run


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