Jonathan Langton


Team Langton Conquer London-to-Brighton

In late 19th century Britain, the few very earliest automobiles that existed were required to be preceded by a man on foot carrying a red flag.  The flag was eliminated in 1878, but the man remained, as did a speed limit of just 4 mph (6.4 km/h).  However the “Locomotives on Highways Act” of 1896 allowed automobiles to travel unaccompanied and raised the speed limit to 14 mph (22.5 km/h)!  On November 14 of that year a group of early motorists drove from London to Brighton, on England’s south coast, in what is known as the Emancipation Run.  That event was commemorated for the first time in 1927 and is re-enacted every year for cars built before 1905.  This year three generations of the Langton family contributed to a successful entry in what has become known as one of the greatest tests of man and machine, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR)

Team Langton and the Rambler

Simon and Jonathan in the Rambler in Regent's Street. Eric the speedway rider.

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