The Drive’s Hero of the Day

Prewar racing cars are better enjoyed in the rain. 

This guy, who’s staying the course. That’d be the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which commemorates England’s motoring independence, gained on November 14, 1896: the day the country’s draconian 4 mph speed limits were repealed. Each year, a bunch of loonies drive pre-1905 automobiles on a 60-mile “Emancipation Run” to celebrate. Problem: It’s England. In November. Not that pissing rain and frigid cold will stop these chaps, though. They’re doing work in a 10-hp buggy, and loving every minute. Hero. 

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