Road Safety Advice


Overtakers make work for undertakers

Traffic jam in High Street, Croydon. London – Brighton Veteran Car Run 2009. The narrow section, between the barriers of North End, Croydon, does not permit overtaking. At this point, where the road widens, some daring overtaking manoeuvres usually occur. On this occasion, car number 207, a Mors from 1902, entered by Philip Oldman, has slowed to enable a few words to be exchanged with fellow competitors, who have made an unscheduled stop. To the right of picture, car number 181, a Renault dating from 1902, has been entered by Robert Ames, from the U.S.A.“The annual event takes place on the first Sunday of every November and commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896 which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot. The law required the man on foot to carry a red flag but the requirement was actually abolished in 1878. However, the Locomotive Act was still widely known as the ‘Red Flag Act’ and a red flag was symbolically destroyed at the start of the Emancipation Run, by Lord Winchilsea. Over 30 pioneer motorists set off from London on the 1896 Run to endure the rough roads to the Sussex seaside resort but only 14 of the starters actually made the journey, and some evidence exists that one car was taken by rail and covered with mud before crossing the finishing line!The next run was staged in 1927 as a re-enactment of the 1896 Run and organised by the motoring editor of the Daily Sketch. The Run has taken place every November thereafter, with the exception of the war years and 1947 when petrol rationing was in force. From 1930 to the present day the event has been owned and professionally organised by The Royal Automobile Club.” Uploaded to Wikimedia by Peter Trimming.

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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