Aproaching the finish line

Mark Chapman

Hove, United Kingdom

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A 1904 Ford approaching the finish line in the 2008 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the longest-running motoring event in the world. The first run was in 1896, and has taken place most years since then. To qualify, the cars must have been built before 1905. It is also the world’s largest gathering of veteran cars.
The first run in 1896 was named “The Emancipation Run”: it was originally a celebration of the lifting of the Locomotive Act which had required vehicles to travel no faster than 4 mph (6.4 km/h).
This run was started by the symbolic burning of a red flag: the Locomotive Act was popularly known the “Red Flag Act” which had once required cars to be preceded by a person on foot carrying a red flag.

The run is staged annually (with the exception of wartime years and due to petrol rationing in 1947), making it the world’s longest running motoring event.

The 1953 comedy movie Genevieve takes place during one of these runs. And the car named Genevieve was again on the run this year.

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