London 2 Brighton Land Rover Run – Part 2

Another great weekend brilliantly organised by the South London & Surrey Land Rover Club aided by the glorious weather.

London 2 Brighton 2013 As I was travelling on my own this year, there was less to pack so it was all done on Saturday morning and by ten thirty I was ready for the off. A leisurely drive through the middle of London (an unnecessary but enjoyable addition to my journey) and I was at Hook Road Arena by about 1.30. Although very early I wasn’t the first. The advantage of arriving at this time was that I found an ideal camping spot on the fields parameter away from the groups and the main pack. The tent was pitched and everything set ready for the night ahead, followed by a wonderfully lazy afternoon and evening.

Overnight camping Camping Saturday night.Series I Club Series I Club.101 or Forward Patrol - sorry for getting it wrong. 101 or Forward Patrol – which is it?

Although a chilly night I was well sorted with my two sleeping bags; “as snug as a bug” you might say. An early start in the morning was cold and damp, there was a heavy dew, but the sky was clear and everything was set for a great day.Bright by chilly morning. Bright but chilly morning.Camel Trophy Owners Club Camel Trophy Owners Club.

At about 8 o’clock the first of the clubs started to move soon followed by the overnight campers. Last, but not least, those that had turned up in the morning just for the run were sent on their way.

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A leisurely drive down to Brighton in convoy with a large number of similar vehicles and like minded people is at the heart of this event. The camping is part of the fun; viewing all the Land Rovers parked up on the sea front at Brighton is great, as well as spotting the ones you want to own and getting ideas; but the drive itself is what it is really all about. Seeing people stop and stare as you all pass with the different coloured and prepared vehicles; standard, modified, old, new, hard top, soft top and no top! Flags flying. An experience to be recommended. As Martin says, every Land Rover owner needs to do this at least once.

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Sunday was wonderfully warm which just round off the weekend perfectly.

Thanks again to SLSLRC for all the work they put in to make this event what it is. I’m already looking forward to Sunday 5th October 2014.

If you can, be there.

London 2 Brighton Land Rover Run

It has become a bit of a tradition for Lauren and me to attend the London 2 Brighton Land Rover Run, which is generally held over the first weekend of October; this will be our 5th year in a row. Unfortunately however, this will also be the first time I go alone as Lauren is at university and unable to join me.

Now in its 15th year, this annual event is brilliantly organised by the South London & Surrey Land Rover Club (SLSLRC) with proceeds going to charity. This year’s run will be held on Sunday 6th October with vehicles arriving at the start on the Saturday before and camping overnight.

Crystal Palace Transmitter Until last year the start was in Crystal Palace park right by the foundations of the mighty glass house and in the shadows of the transmission towers which can be seen from across London. This was a great starting point with the history, the athletics track and the famous dinosaurs that could be found in the park. Unfortunately the introduction of the Mayors’ “Low Emissions Zone” has resulted in many of the older vehicles no longer being allowed to travel London’s streets, so rather than exclude them the start was changed to Hook Road Arena in Epson, outside the dreaded zone. Land Rovers from across the country, and some from ever further afield, converge on this small corned of south London ready for a very early start to the drive down to Brighton.

There are many London to Brighton runs, but the most famous, the Veteran Car Run, first took place on Saturday 14th November 1896. Originally it was called “The Emancipation Run” and was organised by Harry J Lawson to celebrate the recently passed “Locomotives on Highways Act 1896” which increased the speed limit to 14 mph! Possible still close to the average speed of the run today! It has taken place most years since its revival in 1927. Further details are available from Wikipedia;

In addition to the several hundred vehicles which will park up over night, many hundreds more will arrive very early in the morning ready for the official off at about 9am. The drive down to Brighton is a leisurely affair as the vehicles wind their way through the London streets which slowly make way to the Sussex countryside. The last stretch follows the A23 as we finally make our way into Brighton and Madeira Drive which is right on the sea front by the famous pier.


As well as the opportunity to view hundreds of Land Rovers, all makes, models, shapes and sizes, there are also club stands, traders and other activities taking place right by the sea.

It is difficult to imagine a better way for a Land Rover enthusiast to end their summer!

Full details of the London 2 Brighton Land Rover Run can be found at