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The first London to Brighton run was organised by the Motor Car Club and held on the 14th November 1896.
The proceedings started with a luncheon at the Grand Banqueting Hall at the Metropole Hotel in London where some 150 guests dined.
Thirty-two cars were at the start (some estimate this to be around half of all those in the country at that time). Some of the cars that took part were:-
The weather was not good, with wind and rain and around twenty vehicles finished the run.
There was a dinner in the evening at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton. The planned parade of cars for the next day (Sunday) was abandoned owing to the bad weather.