Our first ever Brighton Run having purchased the car just three weeks before. Prior to the run the longest distance we had travelled was 15 miles so this was going to be a challenge.This car is a De Dion Bouton 1901 Vis-à-vis fully restored in 2009.
Cars normally set off "oldest first" so we would be approximately car number 100. However being a late entry meant setting off as car number 420 with the "modern" 1904 cars. The drawback with a late start is the rapid build-up of traffic. At times the weather was foul with heavy rain making visibility poor. As you will see we arrived at Crawley without incident. Sadly we didn't reach Brighton as the engine seized on Handcross Hill and we were forced to retire.
Will we be back next year? Try stopping us!
(On a technical note, the camera was set up to give a driver's eye view so we didn't notice that it vibrated round at times rather than always pointing ahead. We had to turn round and straighten it. Just in case anyone thinks the engine sounds rough from the soundtrack, it's an effect of altering the audio pitch to suit the time lapse. At this time the engine was running well. Finally, I couldn't resist adding Larry Adler's "Genevieve Waltz")