Veterans out for vintage car race

The London to Brighton veteran car rally got underway over the weekend with the cars reaching a maximum speed of 25mph.

More than 500 vintage vehicles set off from the capital in the 78th Royal Automobile Club race, travelling 60 miles to Brighton's seafront.

However, before embarking upon the dawn departure, many competitors will have arranged somebreakdown cover first.

In an odd coincidence, the youngest driver on the day was getting behind the wheel of the oldest car.

North Yorkshire teenager Oliver Wright raced the 1894 Benz Velo, which was joined by an 1896 steam Salvesen and Delahaye limousine.

Organiser Cathy Metcalfe said: "They usually all start. About 90% of them get to the finish."

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