The London to Brighton Run 2016

 Martin Webster's 1950 4¼ litre Mk. VI - Mulliner 7220 body - 1 of 64 made

 

For this annual event, which this year fell on the 6th of November, we are either blessed with pleasant weather or a 'howling gale' and on this occasion the God's shone down on our homage to the veteran cars and their hardy crews.

 

The sun brought to life a cold November morning for some 50 Bentleys, arriving at the Cambridge Hotel, with their custodians, to what is now approaching forty years of the South East Region celebrating the historic London to Brighton run. As this year was the 120th anniversary of the run it was pleasing to see so many of our friends and their guests attending, in particular David Humphries in his splendid 'four and a half' who arrived, hood down, smiling as usual, but frozen to the core! Thank goodness he braved the elements as he was the only representative of the vintage era to do so. We salute you.

 The Hardy Brigade

There were, around 150 members and their guests in total of whom 104 sat down to a huge and excellent lunch, some said too much.

Were one to seek to evaluate the enjoyment level of the day it has to be said that the noise of happy chatter over lunch was deafening.

Indeed, the dry and sunny day contributed to a splendid number standing at the road side applauding the cars of that bygone time.

 Possible source of the noise

All the era's of the Bentley world were represented, as were many new members and friends from other regions and with good weather, good food, good friends and great cars, - what more can one ask for.

 Harry Waddingham