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Veteran car rally heads to coast

Veteran cars
An 1898 Leon Bollee (left) and an 1898 Orient Express set off on the run

Hundreds of veteran cars have been taking part in the annual London to Brighton car rally.

More than 550 veteran vehicles set off on the 60-mile run to the south coast from Hyde Park in central London early on Sunday.

The drive to Brighton, which features pre-1905 cars, is said to be the world's longest running motoring event.

It was first held in 1896 and has run every year, except during the worlds wars and 1947 during petrol rationing.

Drivers left London via Brixton and Streatham on the A23 and travelled through Norbury, Croydon, Redhill, Horley, Gatwick and Crawley on their way to Brighton.

During the journey the drivers faced torrential rain and gusty winds.

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