Veteran Car Run may return 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 2015 could stop in Crawley High Street.

The annual event stopped at the Honda dealership in London Road instead of its traditional spot in the town centre in 2014.

A spokesman said its organisers could move the half-way stop point back to the High Street or have the cars stop at both locations on November 1.

An announcement would be made in two weeks.

Moving the pit-stop from the High Street was heavily criticised last year.

Traffic was 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 the organisation of the run 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.”

A Goose Communications spokesman said having the two stops would be a ‘win-win’ situation for the drivers and spectators.

He said drivers wanted to carry out maintenance on their cars under the shelter of the dealership. He said Honda provided the shelter and its facilities free-of-charge which were ‘really appreciated by those trying to keep the cars on the road’.

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