1903 De Dion Bouton on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018 event photography by Ian Skelton Photography

I had a train to catch, alarm set 04:30!!! It was going to be a very early start for todays shoot. Hyde park was my destination for the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Traditionally the first car on the road starts at ‘first light’….06:59 to be precise!

It was very much still dark when I arrived at Hyde Park. A sound track of hissing & puffing accompanied the sight of stunning vehicles, every one over 100 years old. It’s not every day you see candle powered headlights!!

Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018 at Hyde Park

Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018 event photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The ceremonial start is symbolised by the tearing of a red flag. This year that pleasure fell to Yasmin Le Bon & Christian Horner

As the dawn broke over the Wellington Arch, the cars headed off on their 60 miles drive to Brighton. The route took them through the Arch before heading down Constitution Hill.

Dawn breaks on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018 at Hyde Park

Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018 at Hyde Park

Movember was very popular on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018 at Hyde Park

The cars made their way past Buckingham Palace, then along The Mall towards Whitehall before crossing Westminster Bridge.

London landmarks on Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018 at Hyde Park

Sadly not all the cars would make it to Brighton. Some would not even make it very far at all & the RAC vans were following along behind in support.

RAC vans support the back makers in Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018 at Hyde Park

Heading back home for editing at 10am, having been up 5 hours already & the shoot is done. I have not been to the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run before. I will certainly be back next year, Mrs S might even come too. Being able to get so close to the cars in Hyde Park is great for spectators… then once the cars have gone you can fid a nice place for breakfast & you still have your whole day ahead of you!!