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London to Brighton veteran car run: homes for sale en route

The London to Brighton veteran car run is the longest-running motoring event in the world – and that’s not just because some of the cars are slow!

The London to Brighton veteran car run is the longest-running motoring event in the world – and that’s not just because some of the cars are slow! Although some of them are: the official speed limit is 20mph. The car has to be pre-1905 to qualify and the first run was held in 1896. It takes place on the first Sunday in November and largely follows the A23 from a start in Hyde Park. Here are 10 properties for sale en route.

Hans Crescent, London SW1X £1.2m

If you want to be in at the start, this lower ground floor flat is ideally placed for an easy stroll to Hyde Park at 6am when the vehicles gather. See the red flag torn in half to celebrate the passing of the Locomotion of the Highways Act, which raised the national speed limit from 4mph to 14mph and dispensed with the requirement for a vehicle to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag. The flat has two bedrooms and qualifies you for a RBKC parking permit.

Call Winkworth’s Knightsbridge office on 020 7589 6616

Medway Street, London SW1P £899,995

The veteran cars potter down The Mall in a stately manner and cross the Thames by Westminster Bridge. To be within easy reach of a grandstand view, consider this modern two-bedroom flat on the second floor. And if you have a precious car of your own, there’s secure underground parking, too.

Call Winkworth's Pimlico office on 020 7828 1786

King Edward Walk, London SE1 £1.225m

Just the other side of Westminster Bridge, this immaculate two-bedroom Georgian house is set in the West Square Conservation Area. A perfect backdrop for an early Daimler or 19th century Peugeot and a short distance from the rally route, it has a pretty patio and potential for an extra bedroom.

Call Winkworth's Kennington office on 020 7587 0600

Sulina Road, London SW2 £930,000

Just off the A23, known as Brixton Hill, this Victorian terrace is an appealing family home. It has five bedrooms and a superb dining kitchen with doors to the courtyard garden. The veteran vehicles start off from Hyde Park at sunrise (7am) so you’ve probably got half an hour’s lie-in before they reach Brixton Hill.

Call Winkworth’s Herne Hill office on 020 7501 8950

Greyhound Lane, London SW16 £1.3m

The historic theme continues. As the A23 heads south it roughly follows the Roman road and Streatham itself is an Anglo Saxon name. This three-storey, six-bedroom Victorian property sits between Streatham High Road and Streatham Common Tube station, so is convenient for transport links. It has large rooms and space for al fresco dining.

Call Winkworth’s Streatham office on 020 8769 6699

Ditchling, East Sussex £1.6m

The vehicles leave London behind and have an official stop in Crawley. Then they continue their journey south, rejoining the A23 at Pyecombe after the long haul up Clayton Hill. This smart Georgian property on Ditchling High Street isn’t far from this section of the event. It has four bedrooms and an outdoor pool. The stretch across the South Downs past Ditchling Beacon is the last hill climb for the cars, then it’s downhill all the way to Brighton.

Call Winkworth’s Hove office on 01273 772175

Withdean Road, Brighton, East Sussex £1,275,000

The older cars leave Hyde Park first, and the starting times are staggered over an hour and a half. All entrants have to stop at Crawley, but they can pause again whenever they like, so many will have several comfort breaks. Preston Park in Brighton used to be the finish line, but now the cars carry straight on to the seafront. Early arrivals might make it by 10am. This four-bedroom family home just north of Preston Park is ultra-modern in an early 20th century shell.

Call Winkworth’s Hove office on 01273 772175

Queens Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex £650,000

The A23, or London Road, comes into the heart of Brighton. Turn right and you are thrown into the Lanes, a collection of tiny streets lined with cafes and independent shops. Right at the heart of this district, you’ll find this cute cottage. It currently has three bedrooms, but the one on the lower ground floor could be a workspace if that suits better.

Call Winkworth’s Hove office on 01273 772175

Arundel Terrace, Brighton, East Sussex £2,450,000

The cars finish their journey at the seafront on Madeira Drive. The event officially closes at 4.30pm, when even the most puffing stragglers should have arrived. This Regency town house is just one street back and offers gracious, spacious living. It has clear sea views and is currently arranged as three separate flats.

Call Winkworth’s Hove office on 01273 772175

Romsey Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire £995,000

If you don’t get along to see the event this year, consider this property. A 10-bedroom Edwardian villa in the New Forest, with permission to earn its keep as a guest house and within an easy trip of Beaulieu Motor Museum. You still get to see some stunning vehicles without too much effort, and you can entertain others who love them, too.

Call Winkworth’s Sway office on 01590 683834

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