Once a year, Brighton gets invaded by veteran cars, that is, cars built before 1905. This is the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. These vehicles are celebrating the legalising of running a car on public roads (1896). They are wonderful pieces of engineering history. I picked up the story as they came through Brighton (I'm too lazy to go further out to meet them.) and took these pictures as I wandered down to the seafront. On the way, I came across a distressed Napier, with bonnet removed, its crew hoping to make it go the last half mile...

 

Darracq, reg D 2 4 1 Fisson, reg F J 1 0 De Dion Bouton, O 4 6 4 Panhard Et Levassor, reg B S 8 3 6 7 Uncertain, possibly a Wolsely Georges Richard, reg D S 6 5 8 2 Napier, reg H E 1, in distress The crew looking at it Wielding a spanner Gazing at a passing Humberette Closer look at the chain drive Backing into place at the finnish