Mors the merrier; Full load for Prince Michael on london to Brighton run.
Byline: Matt Adams
Prince Michael of Kent, his greying beard a good match for his warm headgear, was at the wheel of a 1904 Mors car yesterday for the annual London to Brighton run. The car belongs to the Royal Automobile Club, of which he is president.
Almost 400 veteran car enthusiasts took part and an 1875 Grenville steam carriage, the oldest entry in the historic rally, was among the vintage cars that left Hyde Park bound for Madeira Drive in Brighton.
A vintage Parracq car, which featured in the 1953 movie Genevieve which starred Kenneth More and focused on the rally, was also taking part.
The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, first staged in 1896, follows the A23, passing through the West Sussex towns of Cuckfield and Ansty before heading into Brighton.
Spokesman Derek Tye said: 'The rally is getting bigger and bigger. It has run almost every year since 1896. Obviously a couple of World Wars caused a few problems but it still took place during the Suez fuel crisis.'
Prince Michael praised organisers, saying the event was 'first class'.
He was among the first of the entrants to complete the 65-mile course.
Mors the merrier: Full load for Prince Michael on London to Brighton run
Prince Michael of Kent, president of the Royal Automobile Club, about to set off in its 1904 Mors