Veteran Car Run returns to Crawley High Street

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jpco-7-11-12 Veteran Car run from London to Brighton 2012 (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120120511122138

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run’s Crawley stop will return to the High Street.

Moving the annual event’s mid-point stop from its traditional spot was heavily criticised last year.

Its website has stated: “The mid-way checkpoint in Crawley has been returned to the High Street. The checkpoint is a great photo opportunity that offers a chance to

see the cars up close and to chat with the drivers.”

Traffic was held up as the veterans entered and left the Honda dealership’s forecourt in London Road 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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