The London to Brighton Kit & Sports Car Run 2017…..
Madeira Drive, Brighton
Our start time was 9.21, so we all met up at 7.00am at a local petrol station……hang on….we were SUPPOSED to meet at 7.00am but 7.05 came and went, and I started to think I’d gone to the wrong place when an un-mistakeable noise arrived in the shape of Dave and Darren in Daves’ MEV Exocet, truly a rocket ship. around 10 minutes later , and running on HMT (Hatton Mean Time…….could be anytime after the meet time!!!) arrived looking like they’d just robbed the local convenience store !!!!!
Hoodie thugs !!!!
A quick refuel later (all our cars constantly require refuelling !, in fact ‘in-flight’ refuelling would work well !!!), and we were ready for the off.
The usual ‘under the speed-limit’ thrash across country towards our start point, Brooklands, where we all parked up outside the old sheds and headed to the restaurant for breakfast, a properly stodgy sausage sandwich washed down with some nice hot coffee, perfect fare to keep us going till the lunch stop.
Our start time approached and we all headed round to the starting line next to the Concorde. Dave and Neil headed off about 20 yds and waited for us so we all set off together following Neil as lead car. As usual, I was relegated to rear-gunner !!! 🙂
Our convoy friend
We also picked up quite a trail of cars behind us as we wound our way through the Surrey scenery, including a lovely Ford Anglia, who was a lone driver (impossible to do one of these rallies without a navigator), and as we got lost he pulled in, and came over to ask if we were lost – We were !, but by now the others had turned round and we were soon heading back onto the route.
This is what it’s all about !!!! 🙂
Mid morning stop was the Farnham Rural Life Museum. which has a great little cafe, AND, they were having a car-boot sale !!! – Joy !, and some more old properly made British tools purchased…..!
Mid Morning stop (…..and car boot sale !!!!)
We followed another very winding route and broke out near Brighton along with a whole load of other people out to enjoy the road, and the unexpected sunshine – An epic run.
So what do you get for your £95 fee.
Entry to Brooklands, (Rally starts at 9.20 so no time to look round). Roadbook, and Rally-plate, free Classic Cars Magazine, mid morning entry to the Rural life Museum (nr Farnham), again no time to look round, and bizarrely, a horse brass !!!!, plus you get to park at Madeira Drive in Brighton (and a free ice-cream !). However , for £68 2 people can enjoy a french road rally, Breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, and a drink at the end. (search ‘Rallye Jonquilles’)
The Roadbook – Central to every road rally
A good run, but I think next time I’ll just get to a start-point, plug in the finish location into my sat-nav, and hit ‘avoid motorways’, and enjoy the scenery, and pull into a nice pub en-route for lunch !
The gangs all here !
Brighton Beach’s other heroes