Crawley council to work with Veteran Car Run organisers

A Crawley Borough Council cabinet member has welcomed the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run stop’s return to the High Street.

Moving the checkpoint from its traditional spot to the Honda dealership in London Road was heavily criticised last year.

Councillor Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield) said the council would work to make this year’s event as ‘vibrant and exciting’ as in previous years.

Mr Smith, cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development said: “We have worked hard with the RAC and event organisers Goose Communications to bring the Veteran Car Run back to the High Street, in a joint effort to rectify the problems experienced at last year’s run and to give Crawley residents, businesses and visitors a better spectator experience.

“We are pleased that we have been able to improve the arrangements for this year’s event and will continue to work with the RAC and Goose Communications to make Crawley the vibrant and exciting stop it has been for the last 20 years of this event.”

Last year’s event saw traffic held up as the veterans entered and left the forecourt and some cars seemed unsure of the new route – heading on to the High Street rather than turning into the Boulevard, on to the college and down Southgate Avenue.

Stuart Attenborough, landlord of the White Hart, described it as “absolute mayhem” while Nicki Cheek, landlady of the Brewery Shades said the day had been “just so sad”.

A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council said: “We were disappointed with last year’s event and have been in regular contact with the event organisers Goose Communications and the RAC to see if we could assist in returning the Veteran Car Run to the High Street and particularly the public and community interaction that we felt was missing last year.”

People can take photos with the historic cars and meet the owners at its traditional town centre checkpoint on November 1.

This year’s route’s Crawley stretch follows the A23 into the High Street. It continues in Station Way, joins Southgate Avenue and turns into the A23 at the Stadium.

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