Veteran cars take part in London to Brighton run

image captionThe race is said to be the longest-running motor event in the world

More than 500 veteran cars have been taking part in the annual London to Brighton car run.

The pre-1905 vehicles set off early on Sunday from Hyde Park in London on the 60-mile journey to the south coast.

Former Formula One driver Jochen Mass was one of the hundreds of drivers who took part in the run.

It was first held in 1896 to celebrate the new 14mph speed limit and has run every year except during the world wars and 1947 during petrol rationing.

The race is said to be the longest-running motoring event in the world.

'Festival atmosphere'

A total of 572 vehicles entered the Royal Automobile Club's 77th rally but not all the cars were able to start the run.

image captionA 1904 Humber Tonneau (l) crosses Westminster Bridge in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

A spokesman for the rally said: "These cars are all over 100 years old so they're not the most reliable and many break down along the way, and there are always a few non-starters."

A 1904 Darracq which starred in the 1953 film Genevieven also took part in this year's event.

Drivers left London via Brixton and Streatham on the A23 and travelled through Norbury, Croydon, Redhill, Horley, Gatwick and Crawley on their way to Brighton.

In the UK, cars classed as veteran vehicles are those built prior to 1905.

The rally spokesman said 433 vehicles made it over the finish line in Brighton.

He added: "It's been a brilliant day. The turn-out has been absolutely fantastic, I think we've had record crowds.

"There has been a real festival atmosphere, with people who were not even taking part turning out in their old cars to support them and some people dressing up in period costume."

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