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This is Blue Peter, but mini.
Expect epic adventures, mates,
bakes, badges, pets,
presenters and your post.
We've only got five minutes so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.
Here on BP, we love taking on challenges involving
white-knuckle super-speed and we love machines of pure power.
And sometimes we like to take it a little slower.
I'm going to be taking it slowly because of Henry.
He wrote to Blue Peter to tell us that
he loves really old cars and he got his passion from his grandpa
Michael so I've come to the British Motor Museum to meet them.
Now, I know you both love old cars and, look,
-I can see you're excited, Henry.
-You love old cars, don't you?
-Yeah, I do.
Because you can always have adventures on them and there
is always something to do on them and
me and Grandpa used to have something called garage time
where we used to go into the garage and we used to fiddle about
-with the cars and do work on them and play in them.
-Fix them up?
-You're a little mechanic, are you?
-I love it.
But Henry and his grandad don't just work on historic motors
in their garage. They take them out on the open road.
On the first Sunday of November, they join hundreds of other veteran
car fans and take on a 16 mile adventure from London to Brighton.
This year, there will be a new face taking part.
Guess what, Lindsey?
You're invited too. You're going to drive this.
Say hello to the Thornycroft.
Built in 1904, it's a staggering 112 years old.
That's so old!
When it was first driven, the Titanic wasn't even built.
Engine running, let's take her for a test run.
This is fun but it's so much harder to drive than a modern car.
The question now, how do I do over 60 miles on a normal road in that?
It's Sunday morning, it's ridiculously early but
I don't care because I'm about to take on my first veteran car rally.
And this time, I've come prepared because if you look around
you can see that everyone's dressed up, so, at least I look the part.
-All right, Peter?
-I'm excited. Let's do this.
Peter knows these cars inside out and will be joining
me along the way.
The 60 mile route starts right in the heart of London.
And we'll be following Henry and Michael at only 20mph.
This could take a while.
We're off, here we go. 60 miles, see you in Brighton.
Now, I'm not a pro at driving this car. Luckily, Peter is.
So he's going to get us out of London and then we'll do
a bit of a swap.
I can't wait to get out onto the open road and...
We've gone for about two minutes and broken down.
So, so far London to Brighton is just London to not even
Buckingham Palace. We've got a leakage. Oh. Here we go, Brighton!
OK, a few teething problems, laters, London.
Clearly not. We've broken down again.
So, our problem is this.
That is not good.
We've not even left London and we've sprung a water leak.
Peter has to call in help and between us we try
and keep the car topped up.
Right, it's pretty much all in now.
At least things are going more smoothly for Henry.
How are you doing?
Water in, hot chocolate in hand.
-Hot, ready to go.
-Ready to go.
And go we do, we make it an incredible 15 miles from
London and then we break down again.
This time, it's serious so Martin the mechanic
has arrived to see if he can save the day.
So, we're on breakdown 152.
Not really, but we have broken down a lot of times and I have now
completely lost track of where Henry and his grandpa are.
Will this drive be over before it's really begun?
No chance. We are back, and you know what?
We actually make some progress.
30 miles in and it's the moment I've been waiting for.
So, we're over halfway there and it's been decided that I am
allowed to drive the car, aren't I?
You're on driving.
I'll be honest,
being on an actual public road is nerve-racking to begin with.
Why is it not going!
You see, I told you veteran car driving was good fun.
'But soon, I'm getting pretty confident.'
-We managed to overtake someone.
Yes, we break down again, obviously,
but we're edging closer and closer to our destination.
We can finally see Brighton.
We've officially made it. Henry! We did it!
We are officially in Brighton. 60 miles!
-Six hours, we've done it. We did, Henry!
I've had a great time and it's amazing to think that these
cars are still going strong.
That's all down to the passion and dedication of people like Henry,
his grandpa and Peter. Now, all I need to do is get home.
And I'm taking the train.
Join in every Thursday on CBBC.
Lindsey meets a Blue Peter fan and his grandpa to learn about their love of old cars. She joins them in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.