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Video: London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

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Spectators lined Westminster Bridge early on Sunday morning to see hundreds of veteran cars - all more than a century old - set off for Brighton.

Video: London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

The run was first held in 1896 to celebrate the Locomotives on the Highway Act which permitted road vehicles to increase their top speed from 4 mph to 14 mph and dispensed with the requirement that cars be preceded by a man on foot bearing a red flag.

The event started at 7am in Hyde Park and the cars crossed Westminster Bridge before heading down Westminster Bridge Road and Kennington Road.

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