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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, mates,

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bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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Here on BP, we love taking on challenges involving

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white-knuckle super-speed and we love machines of pure power.

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And sometimes we like to take it a little slower.

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I'm going to be taking it slowly because of Henry.

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He wrote to Blue Peter to tell us that

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he loves really old cars and he got his passion from his grandpa

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Michael so I've come to the British Motor Museum to meet them.

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Now, I know you both love old cars and, look,

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-I can see you're excited, Henry.

-Yeah!

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-You love old cars, don't you?

-Yeah, I do.

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Because you can always have adventures on them and there

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is always something to do on them and

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me and Grandpa used to have something called garage time

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where we used to go into the garage and we used to fiddle about

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-with the cars and do work on them and play in them.

-Fix them up?

-Yeah.

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-You're a little mechanic, are you?

-Yeah, yeah.

-I love it.

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But Henry and his grandad don't just work on historic motors

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in their garage. They take them out on the open road.

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On the first Sunday of November, they join hundreds of other veteran

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car fans and take on a 16 mile adventure from London to Brighton.

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This year, there will be a new face taking part.

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Guess what, Lindsey?

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You're invited too. You're going to drive this.

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Say hello to the Thornycroft.

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Built in 1904, it's a staggering 112 years old.

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That's so old!

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When it was first driven, the Titanic wasn't even built.

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Engine running, let's take her for a test run.

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LINDSEY SQUEALS

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Oh, oh.

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This is fun but it's so much harder to drive than a modern car.

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The question now, how do I do over 60 miles on a normal road in that?

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It's Sunday morning, it's ridiculously early but

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I don't care because I'm about to take on my first veteran car rally.

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And this time, I've come prepared because if you look around

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you can see that everyone's dressed up, so, at least I look the part.

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-All right, Peter?

-All set!

-I'm excited. Let's do this.

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Peter knows these cars inside out and will be joining

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me along the way.

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The 60 mile route starts right in the heart of London.

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And we'll be following Henry and Michael at only 20mph.

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This could take a while.

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We're off, here we go. 60 miles, see you in Brighton.

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Now, I'm not a pro at driving this car. Luckily, Peter is.

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So he's going to get us out of London and then we'll do

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a bit of a swap.

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I can't wait to get out onto the open road and...

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We've stopped.

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We've gone for about two minutes and broken down.

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So, so far London to Brighton is just London to not even

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Buckingham Palace. We've got a leakage. Oh. Here we go, Brighton!

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OK, a few teething problems, laters, London.

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Oh, no.

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Everything OK?

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Clearly not. We've broken down again.

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So, our problem is this.

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That is not good.

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We've not even left London and we've sprung a water leak.

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Peter has to call in help and between us we try

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and keep the car topped up.

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Right, it's pretty much all in now.

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At least things are going more smoothly for Henry.

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Henry!

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How are you doing?

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Water in, hot chocolate in hand.

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-Hot, ready to go.

-Ready to go.

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And go we do, we make it an incredible 15 miles from

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London and then we break down again.

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This time, it's serious so Martin the mechanic

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has arrived to see if he can save the day.

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So, we're on breakdown 152.

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Not really, but we have broken down a lot of times and I have now

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completely lost track of where Henry and his grandpa are.

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Will this drive be over before it's really begun?

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No chance. We are back, and you know what?

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We actually make some progress.

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30 miles in and it's the moment I've been waiting for.

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So, we're over halfway there and it's been decided that I am

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allowed to drive the car, aren't I?

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You're on driving.

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I'll be honest,

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being on an actual public road is nerve-racking to begin with.

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Why is it not going!

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Ah! Roundabout!

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You see, I told you veteran car driving was good fun.

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'But soon, I'm getting pretty confident.'

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Ha-ha!

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-We managed to overtake someone.

-Brilliant.

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Yes, we break down again, obviously,

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but we're edging closer and closer to our destination.

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We can finally see Brighton.

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We've officially made it. Henry! We did it!

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THEY CHEER

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We are officially in Brighton. 60 miles!

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-Six hours, we've done it. We did, Henry!

-Yeah!

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I've had a great time and it's amazing to think that these

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cars are still going strong.

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That's all down to the passion and dedication of people like Henry,

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his grandpa and Peter. Now, all I need to do is get home.

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And I'm taking the train.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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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.


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