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We were joined on our odyssey by back-seat passengers Yasmin Appleby and Travis Hibbert, seen here awaiting starter's orders:

Our back seat passengers

Any misgivings they may have had about exposure to inclement weather were tempered by the sight of a 1904 Humber trundling past. It's fair to say that you don't really want to be caught in the front seat of this when the heavens open up:

Two brave souls in a 1904 Humber

As front-seat passenger, my job was to pump the oil reservoir to feed our engine's voracious appetite for lubricant, while grabbing what photos I could.

Here's my first effort on the move, as we thundered dramatically out of Hyde Park...

On our way out of Hyde Park

...using the full potential of the Crestmobile's seven-horsepower-ish powerplant to take no prisoners...

We speed past a rival on our way out of Hyde Park

...and move towards the open road:

The starting gate at Hyde Park Corner

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