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Thursday, October 17, 2013

London to Brighton Veteran Driver

Sir Ray Tindle and his 1904 Speedwell Dogcart
Photo courtesy The Royal Automobile Club
It’s not just the cars that are veterans in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Some of the drivers have more than a few Runs under their belts as well.

Newspaper baron and long-time event sponsor Sir Ray Tindle is planning his 50th Run this November 3, using the same car, a 1904 single-cylinder Speedwell Dogcart, that he used in his previous 49 Runs. But he says his history with the world’s longest-running motoring event goes back to his childhood. “I can recall the exact spot on Streatham Common where my parents took me to watch these wonderful old machines pass,” he said.  “Of course, then the oldest car taking part was probably only about 30 years old but still totally different from their modern counterparts. I remember thinking how wonderful it would be to ride on one of those cars.”
Sir Ray Tindle and his 1904 Speedwell Dogcart
Photo courtesy The Royal Automobile Club

So he bought one. Then, in 2007, he bought a second vintage car, a 1903 Georges Richard, in case of bad weather. Seems the weather hasn’t been bad enough yet, he’s continued to drive the open Speedwell. No need to feel sorry for the Georges Richard, however. In 2008 Tindle lent it to HRH the Duke of Kent (that would be Prince Edward), who did complete the run in it.



[SOURCE: The Royal Automobile Club]

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