A veteran car that has been in the same family for 110 years is taking part in the London to Brighton run.
The 1902 French De Dion Bouton Vis-a-vis owned by James Gresham of Brill was bought by his grandfather and has been in the family ever since. The open top ‘horseless carriage’ is powered by a 500cc, single cylinder engine and has a top speed of 22mph, averaging about 17mph overall.
James, 63, of Spa Close, Brill, has tackled virtually every one of the famous veteran car runs to Brighton since 1985.
He said: “We have always made it and it’s pretty reliable, even if we have to rebuild it on the road.”
The London to Brighton in November will be quite a family affair as James’s son-in-law Mat Roberts, 22, will be there too, riding an 1897 Marot Gardon motorised tricycle which he bought at a French auction in the mid ’90s. There are 13 Bucks entrants this year.