I’m not naturally an early morning person so it felt like the middle of the night when the alarm went off at 3.30 this morning. The reason for our early start was the London to Brighton Mini Run, so we needed to be at Crystal Palace early to join 2099 other Minis. I grabbed a foggy pre-dawn photo just before we set off at 4.15 to drive through London knowing that the sun would be up by the time we got there.
Having reached Crystal Palace a little before 6am we picked up our run pack (including the obligatory L2B T-shirt for Kevin) and a tasty bacon butty before taking a stroll among the hundreds of cars neatly lined up. The last time we did the London to Brighton Run was in 1994. On that occasion I took a photo of Kevin with one of the stone Sphinxes at Crystal Palace, so it only seemed right to recreate the scene, 24 years later!
At eight o’clock the first of the cars started their journey south and we made it out onto the road at just after nine. The trip down was pretty uneventful, although it did take us over two hours to travel the last mile and a bit because of the queues. On the way I shot a couple of little videos. The first one, which you can find here, was filmed as we slowly drove out of Crystal Palace, past hundreds of other Minis. The second was an action sequence from the drive down to Brighton, shot on my iPhone through the rear screen of the car. They won’t win any Oscars but it’s good to have some video footage as well as stills!
After finally getting parked up on the seafront at Brighton we took another stroll and I photographed any cars that particularly caught my eye. Later in the afternoon we stopped for an ice cream and Kevin received an unexpected phone call. To our utter amazement we learnt that Morris had won the ‘Best in Show’ prize! We hadn’t bothered entering him in the Show and Shine competition and we’d assumed he wasn’t eligible for any other prizes. We headed back to the show stand, where Kevin received his prize (an enormous piston!) from Edd China, presenter of one of our favourite car shows on TV – a very surprising and welcome end to the day!
20 May 2018