Veteran cars join annual rally

Hundreds of vintage cars have crossed the finish line of the 75th annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run after setting off from the capital's Hyde Park.

French car manufacturing was this year's theme, with dancers from the Moulin Rouge in Paris performing as the vehicles were flagged off by fellow participant, HRH the Duke of Kent.

Organiser Jeff Carter said: "It is a quintessentially English event, we love to celebrate our heritage. These cars could have ended up in a museum gathering dust, but they have been loved, brought back to life and are out on the road where they should be. It is not a race, but a test of endurance."

Cars are eligible to take part if they were registered before 1905 and drivers of all ages tackled the 60-mile route in vintage motors including Peugeot, Renault, Cadillac and Vauxhall.

The annual rally commemorates the first "Emancipation Run" in 1896, held to mark the passing of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which increased cars' speed from 4mph and 14mph and scrapped the requirement for vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot carrying a red flag.

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