Thursday, 6 October 2011

Lambeth North to Brighton with the veteran car rally

Sunday 6th November Mixing it with the Cars to Brighton

Time again for that most curiously British of events, the London to Brighton veteran car run. As has been the practice for the last four years, a motley crew of cyclists will meet and follow the ride to the coast…. This year the ride is a collaboration between Lewisham Cyclists and Southwark Cyclists.
Meeting outside Lambeth North tube station at 7.15 for a quick getaway, we should see the smaller vehicles and those mobile coal scuttles that have passed through Croydon before we would have joined the ride.

We will then follow the ride down to East Croydon to meet anyone who has been unable to join us at the start, meeting outside East Croydon Railway Station at 8.15

Always a great atmosphere. Lots of spectators to cheer everyone on. This will be a fast ride, as we sprint to overtake cars, only to stop again and watch them go past, while waiting a little for others to catch up. However there will be others who wish to make it a more leisurely day, and will follow the cars at their own pace.

Start planning your butties for our Crawley stop where we’ll pause with the cars. Then another pause at Ansty where beer and snacks are usually available. But do bring food and a good lock to share should we rest a while in Brighton. (Late news suggests the Ansty pub may be no more…watch this space)

Neither First Capital Connect or Southern have published their engineering works timetable for November yet, so fingers crossed for a normal service and no repeat of last years detour to Haywards Heath.

Tom Crispin will be arranging a slower family orientated excursion; details will be found hereabouts soon

Full details of the Veteran car run here

Details of feeder rides and other stuff will appear here and here

We’ve only had one wet ride, weather usually cold and misty damp to start with the sun making an appearance from mid morning. Get the date in your diary now!