A superb day out at the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run including a 4am start and breakfast with Paul Hollywood at the Lancaster Hotel.

First run in 1896, the 2014 ‘London to Brighton’ featured around 500 pre-1905 vehicles, the first leaving Hyde Park in London at sunrise (6.56am) for the 60 mile journey to Brighton. 357 got to the finish this year on the seafront at Madeira Drive.

In addition to the vehicles taking part in the event there were also number of others that followed the route ranging from a Penny Farthing to a Lamborghini Countach!

Notable participants who braved the elements included World Championship winning former F1 team principle Ross Brawn OBE, multiple Olympic gold medallists Sir Steve Redgrave CBE and Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, ‘Great British Bake-Off’ judge Paul Hollywood and Wayne Carini from ‘Chasing Classic Cars’

I have images available of most cars in the event, contact me for details.

An RAC mechanic performs final checks on the Royal Automobile Club's 1900 Simms-engined car. Club Motoring Secretary (and former Autosport editor) looks on from the left. (Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens)

An RAC mechanic performs final checks on the Royal Automobile Club’s 1900 Simms-engined car. Club Motoring Secretary (and former Autosport editor) Peter Foubister looks on from the left. (Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens)

To quote Murray Walker 'And it's GO GO GO!', Hyde Park start, Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens)

To quote Murray Walker ‘And it’s GO GO GO!’, Hyde Park start. (Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens)

Comparing notes at the Hyde Park start, Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens)

Comparing notes at the Hyde Park start. (Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens)

A member of the (Southern) Veteran-Cycle Club crosses Westminster Bridge on his penny farthing, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

A member of the (Southern) Veteran-Cycle Club crosses Westminster Bridge on his penny farthing. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Only the modern road markings show that this is not a scene from 100 years ago as Andrew Boland crosses Westminster  Bridge in his 1904 Mercedes Tourer, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Only the modern road markings show that this is not a scene from 100 years ago as Andrew Boland crosses Westminster Bridge in his 1904 Mercedes Tourer. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

BBC TV 'Great British Bake-Off' judge Paul Hollywood climbs Dagger Hill near Cuckfield in Beaulieu Motor Museum's 1904 De Dion Bouton, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

BBC TV ‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Paul Hollywood climbs Dagger Hill near Cuckfield in Beaulieu Motor Museum’s 1904 De Dion Bouton. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, 1904 Thornycroft, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, 1904 Thornycroft. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Ross Brawn CBE in his sole-surviving Wilson Pilcher from 1904, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Ross Brawn CBE in his sole-surviving Wilson Pilcher from 1904. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Quirina Louwman from the Netherlands in the 1904 Darracq that starred in the 1953 film Genevieve, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Quirina Louwman from the Netherlands in the 1904 Darracq that starred in the 1953 film Genevieve. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Oskar Meier from Switzerland has a rather soggy cigar as he drives his 1901 Darracq, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Oskar Meier from Switzerland smoke’s a rather soggy cigar as he drives his 1901 Darracq. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

A rather moist version of the Wacky Races, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

A rather moist version of the Wacky Races. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Steam Power! The 1896 Salvesen (complete with tender), (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Steam Power! The 1896 Salvesen (complete with tender). (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Stephen Ward assists his 1901 steam Locomobile up Dagger Hill, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Stephen Ward assists his 1901 steam Locomobile up Dagger Hill. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Get that brolly up!, Tom Fryars' 1899 De Dion Bouton, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

Get that brolly up!, Tom Fryars’ 1899 De Dion Bouton. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens)

The 2 horsepower(!) 1897 Leon Bollee tandem of Vyvyan Bewley, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

The 2 horsepower(!) 1897 Leon Bollee tandem of Vyvyan Bewley. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

Headlight of Beaulieu Motor Museum's 1903 Daimler, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

Headlight of Beaulieu Motor Museum’s 1904 Daimler. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

We made it! Chris Shooter arrives at Madeira Drive Brighton on  Anthony Pownall's 1901 De Dion Bouton, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

We made it! Chris Shooter arrives at Madeira Drive Brighton on Anthony Pownall’s 1901 De Dion Bouton. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

Martin Bodenham's 1904 Crestmobile passes Brighton Pier on Madeira Drive, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

Martin Bodenham’s 1904 Crestmobile passes Brighton Pier on Madeira Drive. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

A huge selection of more modern vehicles also followed the route including this superb 1931 Bugatti Type 49, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

A huge selection of more modern vehicles also followed the route including this superb 1931 Bugatti Type 49. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

1970 Pontiac GTO, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

1970 Pontiac GTO. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

1947 Lea Francis 14 Estate, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

1947 Lea Francis 14 Estate. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

1960 Messerschmitt KR200, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

1960 Messerschmitt KR200. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

Bond Bug given a 1970s colour print look, (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)

Bond Bug given a 1970s colour print look. (Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM)