Thursday, May 13, 2010
London to Brighton – 9 May 2010
The 27th annual MG Regency Run from Brooklands to Brighton was scheduled for today. We thought, if the real old-timers can do their annual London to Brighton run, then surely our 1950 Y Type, can make it too. It's only 70 miles, which doesn't sound much, but considering she couldn't make it 2 miles from home a fortnight ago, this was a challenge. But we were delighted when she made it to Brighton and back, unaided, eleven hours after we left home.
There was light drizzle at Brooklands, but considering the weather forecast had promised a grey day, it wasn't too bad, as that was the only rain we saw all day.
The MG organisers provide directions for a route away from motorways, and we enjoyed lovely country lanes, with many bluebell woods, and lovely village cottages covered in wisteria.
A large area on the Brighton beachfront near the Pier, was reserved for the 309 MG cars who participated in the day out. The cars ranged in age from the oldest surviving MG (1925) through to the latest 2010 models.
A rest stop was necessary for our 60 year old, so we took advantage of a beautiful bluebell wood we learnt about while chatting to other MG owners at Brooklands. The area is called White Down, and after struggling up a very steep hill, Clara was more than ready for a rest, while we enjoyed the largest bluebell woods we have walked through.