THE END OF SUMMER BRIGHTON RUN
Classic American|January 2021
In his very own words Derek Carter, of UK Mopar group the Mopar Muscle Association, recounts one of the final events of the summer for American car owners that he organised in the south that actually wasn’t cancelled. Take it away Derek…
Derek Carter

With more or less every cruise, show, meet and event wiped off the calendar for2020 (cheers Covid-19!), it seemed that the End of Summer Brighton Run would be off the cards too… but then certain restrictions were lifted and with that, so were our spirits! With little time to plan and after speaking with Poul, the owner of the Roedean Cafe on Marine Drive in Brighton, I decided to put on the yearly run after all and it seemed many were pleased about the news.

My partner Liz and I had been isolating for what seemed like an eternity, so when we woke up Sunday morning with a view to actually going out, we were very excited. Our kids, grandkids and our great-grandson were all coming along too, so it was gonna be lovely to see them all together after all these months. Plus it was our great-grandson’s (Leonard-Bill) first actual car cruise. With them, along with good friends and car friends, it was sure gonna be a good day.

I spent the day before in the garage cleaning my Charger – it was even starting to gather dust as it hadn’t been out for so long – so we were well prepared as we met up with Warren Stevens in his Mustang with a newly rebuilt engine and made our way over to Starbucks on the A23 for the first meeting point at 11 am.

On arrival we saw a fair few cars already there and it was great to see so many ready and waiting. We all maintained social distance while catching up with our buddies, swapping lockdown woes and stories and watching a steady flow of cars park up and join us. Within half an hour, the whole car park was full. We had a great mix of cars, including some old friends who have been on every single Brighton Run I’ve organised for the last decade and plenty of new ones too. Finishing our coffees and photo taking, we headed back to our cars and made our way to Pease Pottage Services on the M23 motorway, the second mustering point.

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