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1896 London-Brighton Run

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1896. Participants.
1896. Stopping at The White Hart.
1896. The Duryea Leaving Reigate.
1896. "The Present Times"
1896. Harry Lawson and the Lord Mayor.
1896. Replenishing the Duryea.
1896. H. O. Duncan taking a rest.

The first London to Brighton run was organised by the Motor Car Club and held on the 14th November 1896.

The proceedings started with a luncheon at the Grand Banqueting Hall at the Metropole Hotel in London where some 150 guests dined.

Thirty-two cars were at the start (some estimate this to be around half of all those in the country at that time). Some of the cars that took part were:-

The weather was not good, with wind and rain and around twenty vehicles finished the run.

There was a dinner in the evening at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton. The planned parade of cars for the next day (Sunday) was abandoned owing to the bad weather.

Some interesting comments in a letter by Charles T. Crowden.[1]

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