Monday, 10 September 2012

Brighton National Speed Trials

Speedy Gonzales


This Saturday, 8th of September saw the Brighton & Hove Motor Club National Speed Trials run on the sunny seafront at Madeira Drive near Brighton pier. Frosts have been sponsoring this event for the last 21years and the event has been running for 107 years in total - an impressively long time!


The event attracts a huge diversity of weird and wonderful motorcycles and cars - you name it, it's there and quite a few you couldn't even dream up as well! The weather was kind and huge crowds had made their way to Brighton to watch this exciting and exhilarating

event - either from the street above with a great view down onto the course or from next to the course at the start line or along the track.  Our Wemoto reporter was right next to the start line to see the riders and drivers set off and the best way to tell the story of the day is in pictures.














 Rest In Peace

ASCO Honda Sidecar waiting in the sun



The only sad event of the day, which ended the Speed Trial prematurely, was the death of one of the racers. The 38 year old rider was a Suffolk woman who was the passenger on a1987 ASCO Honda sidecar.

The 64 year old driver from London remains in hospital at the moment in a critical condition. The sidecar was unable to stop at the chequered flag and crashed into the barrier. Although two ambulances and a helicopter were at the scene within minutes, the



ASCO Honda sidecar at the start line



poor sidecar passenger was dead before reaching hospital. Our hearts go out to her and to the families of both people involved in this awful crash.

Brighton & Hove Motorclub work very hard to keep the course as safe as it can be but, as their disclaimer says, Motorsports can be dangerous.











1936 Brooklands Norton





Wacky Racers


Have a look through our photo gallery of some of the scenes, cars, bikes and riders who took part on Saturday and feel free to post a comment - we would love to hear what you think. Which is your favourite?

1964 Greeves Oulton R/R


























1936 Ariel Badger

























1927 Bayley-Cole DT - zooming out of shot!






























1936 Triumph Jap





















1966 Impulse & ballast

















1979 Yamaha Cyclecar
























Getting a little push






















2002 Suzuki GSXR





1998 Ducati Special



















































1988 LCR Yamaha F1

















1951 Vincent Special with ballast called 'Slim Lead Ed'!



1964 Hagon Jap Special

















De Dion Bouton - apparently this is a car!


2004 Suzuki Hayabusa - home time




1952 Triumph Thunderbird Sidecar






One of the visitors to the event

















And for those of you who appreciate a cool car as well - here are just a few of the racing cars

Allard J2 alias 'The Old Fella'

Cirrus Special




Car drivers returning to the paddock after their speed run







Sylvia Phoenix R1
AC Cobra




















So there we have it - if you were there and have any stories to add or pictures let us know!






































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